It’s finally happening.
After 18 long years, a remake of Final Fantasy VII is on its way.
For those not in the know, Final Fantasy VII — or FFVII for short — was a PlayStation fantasy role-playing game released in 1997. It’s widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, and key details like arch-villain Sephiroth and the fate of Aeris have become enduring touchpoints in gaming culture.
At annual gaming conference E3, developer Square Enix dropped a trailer for the game on Tuesday night. Fans have clamoured for such a remake for years, and while the studio has released a number of sequels, spin-offs and animated films, it has always backed away from a direct recreation of the original classic — until now.
The teaser trailer appears to show off Midgar, the largest city on the fictional planet Gaia and home to the Shinra corporation:
There’s a subtle hint to Aeris, a Midgar flower girl who gets caught up in the adventure:
As well as a road that looks suspiciously similar to one feature in one of FFVII’s iconic chase scenes:
Though we never see their face, this man with a gun barrel for an arm can only be Barret Wallace, one of the game’s key playable characters:
And close behind Barret comes Cloud Strife, FFVII’s primary protagonist and one of the most iconic characters in the last 20 years of video gaming history:
The trailer ends with the caption “play it first on PlayStation 4” — suggesting that while Sony fans will be the first to get their hands on the eagerly-anticipated title, it won’t be exclusive to the PS4.
Here’s the full trailer:
Kotaku got its hands on a press release from developer Square Enix, and the studio says it has just “begun production.” The inference is that the game is a long way off yet:
LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2015) — At Sony Computer Entertainment of America LLC’s (SCEA) E3 press conference today, SQUARE ENIX® announced that it has begun production on the full remake of FINAL FANTASY® VII for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Leading the development will be key members from the original project, including producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Tetsuya Nomura and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima.
The immediate reaction on Twitter is, well, exactly what you might expect:
so happy my newborn doesn’t have to live in a world without a ffvii remake
— Andrew Webster (@A_Webster) June 16, 2015
I HAVE LEGITIMATE TEARS FORMING I CAnt believe. ffvii can I trust u this time? you… have been gone for so long.
— FFVIIENRIR (@phenrirr) June 16, 2015
FF7 remake is a very, very happy thing to wake up to. That game was why I bought my first playstation, will be why I get a PS4.
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) June 16, 2015
finishing ffvii for the first time was one of the most emotional gaming experiences i’ve ever had and knowing that i can relive that is sooo
— HD AERITH IS CANON (@terrabranfords) June 16, 2015