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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