Final Fantasy VII news, trailers, release date and everything you need to know

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E3 2019 gave us gamers a lot to be excited about, with trailers for Marvel's Avengers, Cyberpunk 2077 and a full-length boss battle from the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake getting us all a bit weak at the knees.

Square Enix gave us a long, hard look at FFVII and there was a lot to glean from the extended gameplay trailer we were shown.

A lot of fans are waiting desperately to play this new hybrid fighter, but Cloud is playing hard to get and we have to wait a long time to get our hands on it.

There is loads to unpack about this new game, so check out all we know about Final Fantasy VII remake below.

Final Fantasy VII release date - When can we play it?

Unfortunately, we have some bad news about this one. Originally, Square Enix was set to release the remake on March 3 2020, but they recently announced in a blog post they wanted to give the game the time and polish it deserved, and that they would be delaying it.

Instead, they will now be releasing FFVII remake on April 10 - just a month after the original release date - so not that much longer then.

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That is still a *loooong* way away, and much further than fans anticipated – although, the original game came out back in 1997, so we can wait a little longer.

The remake was initially announced back at E3 2015, sending fans into a frenzy that we can finally be heading back to Midgar soon. However, delays, slow development and a lack of communication made us all think this game would never be coming out.

To be fair, this game is massive, and Square Enix are basically making a brand-new game from the ground up. None of the old assets from the original game can be used, and you have to remember that FFVII is an episodic adventure, coming out on two Blu-Ray discs, so there is a lot of work to be done.

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We also don't know if this new September release date is for all the FFVII episodes or just the first one, as the game wildly changes tone after the first episode, shifting from Midgar to an expansive, open world.

If it has taken this long to get Midgar looking gorgeous, imagine how long it will take to make all the towns look good?

Final Fantasy VII trailers - how does it look?

The initial trailer (from this year's E3) is mostly cinematic, but it makes the game look pretty stunning.

It must have been a huge undertaking to recreate the game from scratch, and director Tetsuya Nomura is quick to caveat that this is a reconstruction of the game and not a shot-for-shot remake.

Nomura told Wired: "We're not intending for this to become a one-to-one remake, or just the original Final Fantasy VII with better graphics.”

The game stitches together real-time action battles where you will be hacking and slashing down your foes, alongside RTS (real-time-strategy) mechanics from the classic FF series, whereby you select attacks or spells to inflict damage.

This next trailer is a full-on gameplay premiere and shows us exactly how that stitching appears when you play.

It's chaotic, fiddly and beautifully fun to watch, so we can only imagine the excitement you get when you play.

Cloud and his ridiculously over-sized sword swings look visceral and real, and the gameplay matches the sense of purpose of each command you make on your controller.

Taking down a Scorpion Sentinel (one of the first bosses in FFVII) with Barret looks like an absolute blast, stitching between characters, tactics and fighting styles on the fly.

Keep this page bookmarked for more information as we get it.

Final Fantasy VII arrives on PS4 on March 3, 2020.

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