Final Fantasy 7 Remake New Gameplay Showcases Ifrit, Aps Boss Battle, Classic Mode, Squats Minigame

Yoshinori Kitase explained Final Fantasy 7 Remake's summoning system and the new automatic battle system Classic Mode.

September 14, 2019

Square Enix held a stage event for Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the third day of Tokyo Game Show 2019.

Producer Yoshinori Kitase played Final Fantasy 7 Remake live, showing the Mako reactor infiltration and the boss battle against the Guard Scorpion. He most notably explained the game has a Classic Mode. When activated, the player-controlled character will automatically attack enemies and dodge. The only thing the player needs to do is pick an action when the ATB gauge fills, just like in the original game, hence the name “Classic”. Limit Breaks are selected and executed when their gauge fill as well.

Next, Kitase also showed the squatting minigame in action, along with a new special gameplay video. The video, which wasn’t live and was recorded beforehand, shows Cloud, Tifa and Aerith fight again Aps, the boss in the sewers below Don Corneo’s mansion.

We got to see Aerith’s Holy Circle ability. It makes a magic circle appear on the ground, and any character casting magic within this area will see their magic getting repeated, dealing more damage.

The video most notably features Cloud summoning Ifrit. Kitase explained you can equip one summon Materia to each character’s weapon. When a summon appears, they’ll stay on the field and fight alongside your party, until the summon gauge runs out. You can make the summon use certain skills by spending the ATB bar. For example, Ifrit can use skills such as like Flame Burst and Crimson Dive by spending Cloud’s ATB bar. When the summon gauge runs out, the summon unleash a powerful attack before disappearing. In Ifrit’s case, it’s his iconic Hellfire attack.

Kitase also mentioned the summon gauge “appears when fighting strong enemies and bosses, as that’s when Summon Materia can enter a state of “resonance””, hinting that you can’t use summoning whenever. The gauge fills as you attack enemies.

The gameplay is embedded below. The squats are at the 31:00 mark, and the Aps boss fight at the 34:40 mark. The TGS trailer which introduced the Turks was revealed earlier this week. Tokyo Game Show 2019 is ongoing until September 15. You can check our schedule here.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be launching exclusively on PS4 on March 3, 2020.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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