Final Fantasy VII Remake Battle System Details Revealed

During the Square Enix E3 2019 Press Conference, Square Enix revealed details regarding the battle system in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Neil Pabon, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at Square Enix took the stage to go over the battle system. In his presentation, he mentioned that Final Fantasy VII Remake will feature a hybrid gameplay system that merges real-time action and strategic command-based combat. Every time the player presses the “Square” button, a swing will occur. Furthermore, the player will be able to dodge and block enemy attacks as well.

In real-time, the player’s standard attacks will do some damage, but there are more attacks to unleash as well. Hacking and slashing will only get the player so far, in order to truly make it through to the end, players will need to be tactical. There’s an ATB bar to keep in mind, which with the bar, will refill slowly over time. However, players that continue to unleash attacks will be able to refill the bar faster. Once the ATB bar is full, players can enter Tactical Mode where time slows down and the player has the option to choose command options, like Abilities such as Cloud’s Braver attack, Spells, and Items, from the Command Menu. The Tactical Mode is pretty reminiscent of a classic turn-based system.

In addition to Cloud, players, of course, have a complete cast of characters to enjoy, like Barret. Since Barret has an awesome gun arm, he can fire away at enemies from a distance. The kicker with the party of characters is that the player will have to switch between them one at a time, which is a done simply with a touch of a button. The character-switching mechanic will certainly add a level of strategy to the combat system.

For enemies, they also have an ATB bar, which when full, will put them in a stagger state. Having them in this state will let the player do more damage.

We’ll have more details regarding the battle system soon.

Similar to the original Final Fantasy VII,  Final Fantasy VII Remake will tell the story of a corrupted world fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as Mako Energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, and throughout the story, goes on epic adventures with an unforgettable cast of characters.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will release first on PS4 on March 3, 2020.

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Brad Crespo

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