The Xbox Germany Facebook page has posted a video which listed Final Fantasy VII Remake for Xbox One with a release date of March 3rd 2020, the same date that has been announced for the PlayStation 4 version.
Square Enix have never explicitly said the game is a PlayStation exclusive but two of the trailers ended with the words “Play it first on PS4”, indicating some sort of timed exclusivity. If the Facebook post is correct, that is no longer the case. The words were missing from the most recent trailer which enforces this theory, although the press release was still using the phrase.
Marketing Communications & Social Lead for Xbox Germany, Maxi Graff, took to Twitter to give an explanation. “We did an internal mistake in the Social Team,” he Tweeted, “We took the video off immediately. Sorry, no announcement on our side. Big apologies for this.”
The game was in the news recently when it was revealed that Tifa’s character design had been “toned down” to reduce boob jiggle.
We wanted Tifa to have abs, so she has an athletic body type. The ethics department at Square Enix also told us that we had to tighten her chest as not to get unnatural during all the intense action. From there we got the black underwear and fitted tank top.
During E3 last month a release date for the PlayStation version of the game was announced and we also got a good look at new dynamic ATB combat system.
The bottom right of the screen plays host to two ATB bars, which fill up slowly over time as you perform standard attacks. Once full, time slows to a crawl and you can enter Tactical Mode where you’re able to choose what items to use or which spells to cast.
The gameplay demo shows Cloud going to town on some enemies before joining Baird to take down a massive Scorpion Sentinel. While Cloud generates his ATB gauge by slashing away with his sword, Baird charges his with long range attacks from his machine gun arm.
You can switch easily between the members of your party via a single button press, which should keep the action flowing nicely, and amazingly it all looks pretty damn good. It looks a little like the combat is actually going to be closer to Final Fantasy XIII’s system, which I personally don’t think is a bad thing.
Graphically the new design is extremely attractive, bringing VII closer to the modern Final Fantasy games, with one of the biggest cheers from the crowd coming from the reveal of Tifa. It does seem as though they’ve tinkered a little with Aerith’s look after the internet outcry about her appearance.