Posted by Mackdanny
, on 07/12/2014, @ 09:01am
Now what does this mean? A quick history lesson:
Final Fantasy 7 first hit the market in 1997 for the Playstation Console, the first Final Fantasy for the system, and the first to shy away from Nintendo systems (once again, N64 cartridges were not developers' friend.) It then hit the PC a year later. Final Fantasy has often been cited as being the series favorite (I'm more partial to the next one, but thats me) and as such lots of people owned a Playstation for this game. Interestingly to note, Sony had exclusive publishing rights outside of Japan, where Square kept those reigns. It is unclear if that was only a one time thing.... or if it's no coincidence that Sony once again retains exclusive to FF7 because maybe they do indeed own the publishing rights. Also unclear, is if this is a timed exclusivity or not.... yet you'd think Square learned this lesson on vaguely announcing timed exclusives with that whole Microsoft-Tomb Raider fiasco earlier this year, but i digress. Since then, gamers have had a choice of Playstation, Xbox and even Nintendo once they stopped being so stupid with their game medium capacity (disclaimer:my opinion, not yours or that of the staff) but yet they stuck with Sony. Now, back in 2012 PC players got a new upscaled version with cloud saves, achievements and such. This was in part, because people wanted to play FF7 on their machines but ebay commands ridiculous prices and some players were having trouble getting a game that was designed for Windows 98 to run on their current machines.
Finally, since 2009, players have been able to play FF7 on their PS3's and PSP's for $9.99 exactly the way it was on the PSX, thanks to emulation.
School's out, history class is over, now onto the details:
Fans have often wanted an HD Remake, and the closest thing we got was a tease in the form of a tech demo of the opening cinematic rendered on then unreleased PlayStation 3. (Which... again, Sony hardware/completely ignored Microsoft and Nintendo hardware, but again, I digress.) We were always told that the team "considers it, listens to feedback, but has no current plans for a complete remake" only to then have the upscaled PC version chucked at us. Well, you see, thats why you're reading this. Square still refuses to give you the remake you want, and is once again chucking the upscaled version at you. That's right, the PC version you saw in 2012 is the version you're getting.... a port. Only for the PS4. With all the same features the PCversion has, including cloud saves and achievements... ahem, excuse me, TROPHIES. Still, better than nothing right? Because hey, you may already own a PSX version of FF7 either physical or digital, but lets face it, you just CAN'T play that in a PS4 yet. And NOW YOU CAN. THANKS SQUARE, FOR TAKING A PAGE FROM EA'S PLAYBOOK. /sarcasm.
Still, i might buy it.... though i wish they would take a page from CAPCOM's Resident Evil Remake playbook, since THAT'S how it should be done. Though taken from a platform that requires these now antiquated specs, I'm sure the PS4 version will be fine.
OS:*Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Seven (32/64bits)*
Graphics:*DirectX 9.0c-compatible graphic card*
Expect it Spring 2015 with a price to be announced at a later time.
Side note.... good to be back to full swing.... and good that no one posted this before i had the chance to :p