In 2015, fans at E3 got a very special treat:
It was an announcement trailer for the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake. It all seemed like a dream. Fans went nuts. George Newburn, Sephiroth’s voice actor, narrates the trailer to Crisis Core’s soundtrack. Fans heard rumors for nearly two decades about a remake. They’ve speculated release dates for years. Some fanatically looked analyzed the PS3 tech demo. Others gave up waiting. Late 2014, Shinji Hashimoto trolled fans with a release of Final Fantasy VII for PS4. Everyone thought it would be a remake announcement. Showing that he has a healthy sense of humor, he laughed at fans’ disappointment. How exactly does Schadenfreude translate in Japanese?
I can’t blame fans for giving up hope. But now we have a remake trailer. Directed by Nomura? Is this a joke? But why would they use such a highly prolific event such as E3 to prank fans? Then, later in 2015, we received this trailer:
This was proof that the Final Fantasy VII remake was not just some prank. What do we see? A trailer for the first bombing mission on Reactor 1. Of course, it’s very apt considering the first Final Fantasy VII demo was this very mission. And we hear voice work. Steve Blum plays Cloud. Beau Billingslea plays Barrett. And we get to hear what Biggs, Wedge, and Jesse sound like. Barrett is wearing shades at nighttime, which is odd. But this wasn’t too much of a problem, we expect him to take it off. Besides, we get to see the characters, all in glorious 4K. What could go wrong?
Well, after all of the hype had died down, it was clear why Square Enix let CyberConnect2 go. Apparently, rumors circulated about CyberConnect2’s poor quality. It’s evident in this video. Think back to other tech demos, such as Angi’s Philosophy, or even the PS3 tech demo of Final Fantasy VII. This remake trailer is nice, but at times the quality dips. The CGI looks like in-game graphics, but the in-game graphics look like a remaster of a PSP game. It’s almost like the midway point between the two previous tech demos. The character movements are jerky. Nothing here except the Buster Sword and sparks looks as polished as Final Fantasy XV, even if this is in-game graphics. But even worst, CyberConnect2 might have outsourced this work to other developers. So what we’re seeing may not be from CyberConnect2.
Square Enix took the production in-house, so we can only hope for the best.