In 2017, Square Enix had at least 21 different titles to show for the Tokyo Game Show. What if one of those games contained a demo for the Final Fantasy VII remake, just like the Tobal No.1 game did way back in 1997?
The Tifa demo released in mid-1997 was the game’s second playable demo that originally appeared in PlayStation Underground 2 on a dedicated Squaresoft demo disc.
In order to pay homage to the marketing strategy of 1997, I wished they released a special playable demo, maybe along with the new Itadaki Street game to boost sales.
Seriously, a ‘Midgar Demo’ to commemorate Final Fantasy VII’s 20th anniversary AND Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary?
Perhaps we’d play the first Reactor mission, like in 1997?
How likely is it that we’ll ever play a Final Fantasy VII demo? I don’t know. Anything’s possible.
We got two screenshots (here and here) of the Final Fantasy VII Remake at MAGIC 2017 in Monaco. These took us completely by surprise. Who’d thought they’d release something at MAGIC rather than E3 in 2017?
Remember when Nomura said he wanted to show off game footage of Final Fantasy VII Remake? Square Enix told him NO:
“I’ve put a lot of attention into the combat system, and it’s going to be going on without interruption.”
“This is the first boss in the game. It’s [the Guard] Scorpion and the scenery will be partly destructible. Sorry, I asked to show a video, but the company refused. The menus are not yet final, but I will talk more on another occasion.”
They’ve been working on this for the past three years now. This confirms they have the battle mechanics and animation of the game. Now they have to do is work on the menu. And while Nomura says:
“Although there are also parts [of the Final Fantasy VII Remake] – such as cutscenes – that are ahead of Kingdom Hearts III, we’re in the process of switching from outsourced development to development in-house, so we don’t expect to release any relevant information for some time.”
Maybe they’ve completed the Midgar portion? Who knows how long we have until we have relevant information? And what if they included the release date at the end of the demo?