Square Enix has officially confirmed that PS4’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake will launch worldwide on March 3, 2020. The release date announcement was made during a Final Fantasy concert held prior to the official opening of E3 2019.
This news comes ahead of Square Enix’s E3 keynote, and it brings with it a new trailer of gameplay footage from the game’s first act. As such, it’s good to remember the original plan for the game, which was to release it episodically over several years. What we get on March 3 could very well be that first installment, which would likely be set in the shadow of Shinra Electric Power Company’s Midgar base. The original game’s director, writer, composer, and character designer are all contributing to the remake, which appears to eschew turn-based battles for a more freeform mode of action.
The release date was preceded by a new trailer. The latest Final Fantasy 7: Remake info dump shows off snippets of gameplay footage, and focuses on scenarios from early on in the story wherein Cloud, Barret, and a few other familiar faces taking on the Bombing Mission from the opening of the original Final Fantasy VII. The major difference from the original that is shown in the trailer is towards the end, where Aerith grabs hold of Clouds hand as a strange black entity envelops them.
Square Enix also teased the game with a new look at lethal, complex antagonist Sephiroth, who’s bound to enrapture a whole new generation of impressionable goths.
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A release date is a big news, but we expect there will be more to see of the game at Square Enix’s E3 press conference on Tuesday, June 11, at 6PM PT.