During the recent PlayStation Experience 2015 event, game producer Yoshinori Kitase shared some important details about the upcoming "Final Fantasy VII" remake.
Based on Kitase's statements, the updated version of the game will have real-time gameplay elements instead of being solely action-based.
The original game, which came out in 1997 for the PlayStation One console, utilized the same Action Time Battle system that was first introduced in "Final Fantasy IV." This system featured a meter that needs to be filled in order for the player to issue commands to his or her character during combat events.
In the remake, however, Kitase said the upcoming game will feature a different kind of battle system. Instead on heavily relying on command-based actions, the "Final Fantasy VII" remake will make use of a real-time system.
The game producer explained that the change was made due to the current technology in today's consoles.
"The hardware itself has evolved since the release of 'Final Fantasy VII,' and the games are more real, and real-time based," he said in according to PlayStation Lifestyle. "The previous 'Final Fantasy VII' was a command-based RPG that utilized active-time-battle. Real-time and GMC are the trends these days."
"I can't say the new game is completely action-based, but it has more of that element and real-time than the previous game," Kitase added.
He then noted that the new version of "Final Fantasy VII" will also heavily rely on strategic movements. These will come into play as gamers choose which weapons, abilities and other items they would like their characters to use during battles.
"What makes 'Final Fantasy' and RPG different from other games is that the players have the ability to choose weapons, capabilities and magic to be strategic-minded, so while the new game has more real-time element, it will also maintain that strategic building element, balancing these two factors perfectly to enhance the gaming experience."
Based on Kitase's statements, it seems fans of the original "Final Fantasy VII" can expect to see a totally different kind of gameplay experience in the remake. But, this shouldn't come as a surprise since "Final Fantasy" series designer Tetsiya Nomura had previously said the only the characters and scenarios from the original title will be retained in the remake, according to Forbes.
The "Final Fantasy VII" remake does not yet have an official release date but it is expected to debut for the PlayStation 4 console sometime in 2017. As noted by Tech Crunch, rumors indicate that it might come out during the 20th anniversary of the original title, which will fall on January 31, 2017.
Check out the trailer for the upcoming "Final Fantasy VII" remake below.