Final Fantasy VII is Indeed Getting a (non-HD) PC Re-release

Square Enix is re-releasing Final Fantasy VII for PC in all its 1998 visual splendor, it seems.

Last week, a newly minted Square Enix website for the classic RPG’s re-release leaked out onto the Internet, revealing what apparently are the features of the game, which is “coming soon”. More important than what will be in the game is what won’t, however — Final Fantasy VII will not be an HD re-release. You’re getting the graphical capabilities you enjoyed nearly 15 years ago.

What FFVII’s new PC version does get, however, are achievements and cloud-saving capabilities. There’s also a “character booster” feature that will allow players to, apparently, avoid actually playing the game by boosting their money, HP and MP to maximum. I guess that’s so you can skip through the more boring combat parts to get to the story?

Back in 1998, Final Fantasy VII did indeed have a PC version, although the port was somewhat unremarkable. This version certainly doesn’t seem to be much altered from that one (or its Playstation equivalent), although hopefully it’ll be updated to run better. Square Enix’s site for the release lists the following as its system requirements:

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

The leaked site we saw included a price tag of £7.99 / €9.99, which is approximately U.S. $12.50, although no price is currently listed on the official site, which you can see here. Apparently, the game will be available only through Square Enxi’s online store.

So here’s the real question: Will you be buying Final Fantasy VII now that we know it’s a version that doesn’t seem to have been updated in any meaningful way? Does that matter to you?

Via PC Gamer.

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7 Comments on Final Fantasy VII is Indeed Getting a (non-HD) PC Re-release

Dratkin

On July 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

Why would anyone who already has FF-7 even want this?
This is a very strange move by S.E.

Axetwin

On July 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

@ Dratkin, maybe to give players a chance to give their ancient PS1 a rest (if it hasnt already broken down) or their old PS2 (thanks to backwards compatibility) a rest. Its not people could pop this into their PS3 to play it.

Im a little disappointed its not getting a HD upgrade. Lets face it, the (non cut-scene) graphics for this game are just baaaaaad, I mean like, make your eyes bleed out of their socket bad. There really is no reason why they couldnt atleast put a little polish on the game.

pooleboy87

On July 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

@Axetwin: I’m actually pretty sure that even PS3 slims have backwards compatibility for PSOne games…just not ps2 games. But beyond that, even if that’s NOT the case…you can simply go to the PSN store on your PS3, and download this game for $10.

So again…not sure why anybody would really want this.

pokaymon

On July 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

i own a ps3 and bought ff7 online, but im a pc guy and if this comes out ill buy

aNOMNOMaly

On July 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

…they could make a lot of money by simply doing the same story with a bit of an update, maybe updating the gameplay (not even required), but make it with newer graphics/models.

They choose not to do that, but simply rerelease it with achievements.

I’m facepalming so damn hard. Will not buy.

Mike

On July 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I guess, in the trailer, when they say “experience this tale like never before”, what they’re ACTUALLY saying is “experience this game like exactly before”

David

On July 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I might get this, simply because my original copy is busted (the 3rd disk doesn’t work properly anymore), but it’s bizzare they aren’t updating it all that much.