Final Fantasy VII PC re-release confirmed

After rumors of its existence, Square Enix has finally confirmed that JRPG classic Final Fantasy VII will be updated for modern PCs, packing a slew of new features.

These are the new features being touted in the updated version of Final Fantasy VII for PC:

  • 36 achievements and the ability to "share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate Final Fantasy fan."
  • A new Character Booster feature will let players max out their party's HP, MP and Gil levels, "all with the simple click of a button," so players can move past in-game hurdles without the need for grinding for hours. It has not yet been specified whether the Character Booster will be an in-game item or take the form of paid DLC or some other solution.
  • Finally, the remake will also have cloud saves, so you can continue your progress from any internet-connected computer.

Due to the game's age, its system requirements are thankfully very low.

  • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit)
  • 2GHz processor or faster
  • 1GB RAM
  • DirectX 9-compatible graphics card

No release date or window has been announced, and the official site simply says "coming soon." Curiously, the official site also says "available exclusively on the Square Enix store," which implies that it won't be available on other digital distribution platforms such as Steam. Of course, this isn't final confirmation that it will never reach other such storefronts.

Final Fantasy VII was originally released for PC in 1998, but in addition to being hard to find, is difficult to get running smoothly on modern computers.

The game's official site also has wallpaper downloads of the game's cast.

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WTF is with that Character Boost?? Takes the entire challenge away from the game.

I do think the release will be worth it because it should promise perfect gameplay compatibility compared to the old PC release which can have problems on newer OSes.

Unless they update the graphics engine they will be a lot of cards that will not be able to run it. I remember when it came out I had to us a hack to get it to run on my Nvidia card.

awaiken said,
Can anyone confirm if this new pc version still uses the horrible midi music from the original PC release?

The MIDI music was spectacular with the right hardware. I still have an SB16 with a DB50XG, a couple of Voodoo 2s I can run in SLI, and all the other bits to run this game in its original glory. I wouldn't be surprised if it's still better than this re-release.

I am disappointed with this news, especially the second 'feature' for the game.

And achievements, really? ..Really?

RIP oldschool gaming..

I still have my PC version discs, but the install disc has this massive gouge in it I could never manage to repair. I bought the PS version a while after that, which was superior.

Still, if this was on Steam I'd try to trade for it so I could finally use mods and re-play through it one final time. Wouldn't re-buy it unless there was actually some hefty upgrades to the game instead of money cash-ins from people who need rewards dangled in front of their face to do anything.

Why? It belongs on a Playstation. No crappy cloud service, no goddamn social network - just you, some friends, your favorite drinks and your Playstation.

On second thought, I bet they need to fill the holes in their bank accounts after FF11 and FF14 bombed.

bjoswald said,
Why? It belongs on a Playstation. No crappy cloud service, no goddamn social network - just you, some friends, your favorite drinks and your Playstation.

On second thought, I bet they need to fill the holes in their bank accounts after FF11 and FF14 bombed.

FF11 was successful, and the most profitable FF to date. FF14 too soon to tell if it's bombed since it's being relaunched later this year. Please refrain from spreading misinformation.

Hmm sounds like some steam or or other related release for the cloud saves with a built in cheat switch. No sound/HD gfx improvements which is what we all want. Shame but I'll probably buy it anyway

imachip said,
Hmm sounds like some steam or or other related release for the cloud saves with a built in cheat switch. No sound/HD gfx improvements which is what we all want. Shame but I'll probably buy it anyway

If they didn't at least include the Yamaha XG 50 Soundstage samples that Eidos designed the PC version around, the music is going to sound *horrible* on most modern computers. I don't even have a good MIDI soundstage anymore since my XG hardware won't work on a modern computer, and my XG softsynth can't install on a modern OS. If there are any modern software synth solutions for this issue I don't know what they are.