Final Fantasy VII Remake has an official release date: March 3, 2020.
The news was announced not at Square Enix’s E3 press conference, but via a trailer dropped at A Symphonic Reunion, a concert of Final Fantasy VII music at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater.
Final Fantasy VII Remake was first introduced as a tech demo, played all the way back at E3 2005 to show off what the iconic RPG would look like on the PlayStation 3. Then in 2015 the real deal was announced to great fanfare, but we’ve seen precious little of VII Remake since then.
Based on the presence of a PlayStation icon and the absence of an Xbox logo at the trailer’s end, it appears Final Fantasy VII Remake is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Square Enix promised to reveal more about the release on Monday at the company’s E3 press event. The first question that comes to mind about the release date is whether the entire game will be available on March 3. Producer Yoshinori Kitase previously said the game would be released in multiple Final Fantasy XIII-sized installments.
Other than the whole “multiple installments” thing, the biggest difference between Final Fantasy VII and Remake is in combat. Final Fantasy VII featured classic RPG turn-based bouts, while the Remake has real-time action. However, we likely won’t see some of the bigger changes until we actually play the game::
“I don’t want the remake to end as something solely nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited,” Kitase said to Dengaki magazine, translated by Gematsu. “We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this thought in mind.” Meanwhile, director Tetsuya Nomura said in the same interview that he hopes fans of the original “can be surprised once again.”
With this big reveal coming before, expect that event to focus more on the that Square Enix has been hyping on its social media accounts in recent weeks.