Final Fantasy VII Remake details story, Cloud, Aerith, event scenes, battle system, and locations

New screenshots of the upcoming remake.

Square Enix has released new information and screenshots of Final Fantasy VII Remake highlighting the story, characters Cloud Strife and Aerith Gainsborough, event scenes, the battle system, and locations.

Get the details below.

■ Story

Mako, the life energy pumped out of the planet. And Midgar, an eight-Sector city with Mako Reactors in each Sector. AVALANCHE, an organization against the mega conglomerate Shinra, which has taken control of the world through the monopolization of Mako, take the fight to Shinra in order to protect the planet.

Cloud, a former member of Shinra’s military organization SOLDIER, participates in AVALANCHE’s “Mako Reactor No. 1 Destruction Plan” as a mercenary.

The destruction of the Mako Reactor leaves a lingering reverberation in Sector 8. In a city surrounded by fire, the phantom of an old enemy that should have died sways.

Guided by the phantom of a past he wants to forget, he meets a girl.

The flower girl holds out a yellow flower. In the language of flowers it means, “Reunion.” At that moment, a black mist surrounds them—the “Watchmen of Fate.”

Now hope will travel the planet once more.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

■ Characters

Cloud Strife

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Former member of SOLDIER, 1st Class.

After escaping Shinra, he starts working as a man-for-hire in Midgar. His childhood friend Tifa invites him to participate in a plan being carried out by AVALANCHE as a mercenary.

Wielding his Buster Sword, he takes on the job for the reward money. He does not care about the “protection of the planet,” and sees it as only a job—or that’s how it was supposed to be.

Aeirth Gainsborough

A flower vendor living in the Sector 5 Slums. She meets Cloud on the night the Sector 5 Mako Reactor is destroyed. She possesses the special ability to hear the voice of the planet. For that reason, she has been under the surveillance of Shinra since her early childhood. She regularly visits the church in Sector 5 to look after its flower garden.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

■ Event Scenes

—Cloud and Aerith’s first encounter in Sector 8. Facial expressions have become more detailed, making the story more immersive.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Jessie gives Cloud a Materia.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—There are plenty of events that focus on AVALANCHE members other than Barrett. The bonds between members will be deeper depicted.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Cornered in the sewers, Cloud and Tifa fight together.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Sephiroth appears in front of Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

■ Battle System

Determine the enemy’s weak points and action pattern, and choose magic and abilities to defeat them. This is a highly tactical battle system that fuses Final Fantasy-esque command-based battles with intuitive action.

—Seamless battles: no transitions between field and battle.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Switch between characters with the press of a button. You can also issue commands to party members without switching.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Cloud mainly fights at close-range with his sword, while Barret specializes in long-range and Aeirth main strength is magic. Each character has their own unique play styles.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

By spending an ATB Gauge charge, you can use battle commands such as abilities, magic, and items.

—The major elements of the original game such as Limit Breaks, Materia, and summons have been carried over in the remake. Here is a look at Aerith’s Limit Break “Healing Wind.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—Battle commands can be registered to button-based shortcuts. Since they can be activated at the press of a button, it is recommended for those who want to enjoy the action gameplay. Here is a look at Cloud’s Limit Break “Cross Slash.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—When you open the battle comands, the passage of time will slow down, so even users who are not good at action games or want to take their time can play.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

■ Locations

Familiar locations from Final Fantasy VII have been recreated in high quality. Several locations you could not explore in the original version have also been added.

—Cloud looks up at Mako Reactor No. 1.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—The Shrina Building entrance.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—The train headed for the Sector 7 Slums.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

—LOVELESS, a theater located in Sector 8 of Midgar.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake is due out for PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

Use the coupon code "GEMATSU" for 5% off.

comment policy

Comment Policy

Comments are welcome and encouraged on Gematsu. However, we ask that you follow a simple set of guidelines:

  • Read the full article before commenting.
  • Stay on topic.
  • No drive-by comments, including trolling, baiting, or shit-posting.
  • Know when not to comment. If you do not care about a topic, you do not need to comment.
  • No offensive comments. This includes abusive, threatening, pornographic, misleading, or libelous content / language, as well as general harassment and individual attacks.
  • No port-begging.
  • No console wars.
  • Use spoiler tags when posting spoiler or NSFW (non-nude-only) content. For example: <spoiler>Woe is Leomon.</spoiler> State the subject of the content outside of the spoiler tags.
  • Be respectful towards other commenters. You do not have to agree with each other, but debate politely. If you find that a commenter is not following this simple etiquette, do not carry on the conversation—simply report it.

Gematsu reserves the right to edit or delete any comments without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time.