Final Fantasy VII is one of those games that everybody wants a remake of. It’s a classic that has stood the test of time in terms of gameplay and story, but the visuals have lost a lot of their luster. A remake on current gen hardware (or even next gen) would be welcome, but we’ll just have to settle for the PC version.
Square Enix registered a Web site – finalfantasyviipc.com – a few weeks back. It was thought that Square was going to be rereleasing the PC version of FFVII that the company published through Eidos back in 1998. It seems that news has turned out to be true as the Web site, now protected by a login, went live with the details.
Through the magic and joy of Google cache, we now know that a Final Fantasy VII rerelease on the PC is a real thing. The best thing is that this release isn’t just a standard rerelease of the PC version from 1998 The new version will contain cloud saves, achievements and a “character booster.” Here’s the official description for the cached Web site:
The rest of the Web site has characters bios and a selection of wallpapers that you can’t download yet. It also lists the price as £7.99/€9.99. The non-existence of a price in USD is somewhat worrying, but I doubt Square Enix would not release one of their most beloved games on the PC here in the states. The existence of achievements and cloud saves pretty much pegs it for a Steam release using Valve’s Steamworks.
Of course, some people may be a bit disappointed over the lack of a HD remake. Worry not, friends, this is the PC version of FFVII and that means mods. There has been work on a visual overhaul for FFVII on the PC for some time now. Once it launches on Steam and other digital outlets, you’ll most likely be able to use the mods. Check it out: