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Tifa Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Square Enix brought out some big gun arms to open their E3 press conference last night. I'm talking about none other than Final Fantasy VII Remake. The studio showed off quite a bit of new footage, including a lengthy gameplay segment featuring an early game boss fight that most fans are probably super familiar with.

Not only that, but we were shown the new 1st Class Edition version of the game for those hardcore collectors out there along with a Deluxe Edition. We also get our first look at Tifa in the remake.

We have also learned some other vital information about this release. Square Enix has confirmed that when Final Fantasy VII Remake releases on March 3, 2020, it will ship on not one but TWO Blu-ray discs. We are also told that the game is still apparently episodic, with this initial release taking place only in Midgar. For those who have played the original, you know that Midgar is maybe 5-10 hours of a game that can span 40-50 hours. However, Square Enix notes that they are making Midgar a more fully fleshed out experience.

This seems to be a clear sign that Midgar on its own will include significantly more content and character development than the original ever had. It also says that this first release, set only in Midgar, is going to take you significantly longer to complete than the original.

Would-be buyers can pre-order the game now if so inclined. Those with $330 (USD) to spare can pick up the 1st Class Edition with everything pictured below. This includes everything in the Deluxe Edition plus a Carbuncle Summon Material DLC, and a Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife and Hardy Daytona box set.

Speaking of which, the Deluxe Edition includes concept art, a mini-soundtrack CD, Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Cactuar in game, and a Sephiroth SteelBook Case. A Digital Deluxe Edition includes a digital art book, digital mini-soundtrack, and the same Summon Materia DLC.

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And now, for the extended E3 2019 trailer along with a lengthy look at the combat systems at work in the game. Unfortunately, it looks as though Square Enix did not upload a direct-feed version of the gameplay segment that they showed off, so I have to embed this second-hand recording of it from GameSpot.

Square Enix also notes that the Final Fantasy VII Remake "will be available first for the PlayStation 4" on the March 3rd date. That certainly sounds to me like other platforms are a real possibility in the future.

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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. The first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point to the series.

Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat.

SQUARE ENIX also revealed details of special editions including the Deluxe Edition and SQUARE ENIX Store exclusive “1st Class Edition” for the ultimate collector.

The Deluxe Edition, available to pre-order now, contains a hardback art book featuring stunning concept art, a Mini-Soundtrack CD, Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Cactuar in game, and a Sephiroth SteelBook® Case. The Digital Deluxe Edition contains a digital art book, a digital Mini-Soundtrack, and Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Carbuncle and Cactuar in game.

The “1st Class Edition” includes all Deluxe Edition content, the Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC, as well as a Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife and Hardy Daytona box set (bundled separately), which is available to pre-order in limited quantities from the SQUARE ENIX Store.

Those who pre-order any version of the game from select retailers will also receive the Chocobo™ Chick Summon Materia DLC at launch. Those who pre-order any digital edition from the PlayStation®Store will also receive the Cloud & Sephiroth Dynamic Theme for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
In addition, details of the game’s voice cast were unveiled, including:
  • Cloud, voiced by Cody Christian (All American, Teen Wolf)
  • Barret, voiced by John Eric Bentley (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Independence Day: Resurgence)
  • Aerith, voiced by Briana White (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Occupants)
  • Tifa, voiced by Britt Baron (GLOW)
  • Jessie, voiced by Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man, Persona 5, ThunderCats Roar)
  • Biggs, voiced by Gideon Emery (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Teen Wolf)
  • Wedge, voiced by Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
  • Sephiroth, voiced by Tyler Hoechlin