Square Enix has released a quartet of new Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshots, giving us a closer look at the game’s Materia system.
As FF7 buffs will already know, Materia is the supercharged substance which allows characters in this world to harness magical powers.
It has a huge relevance, not only to gameplay but the lore and setting of Final Fantasy VII. Materia is a crystallised form of “Lifestream” energy that can form naturally though as we see in FF7, Shinra and his minions have a way of creating it artificially.
Materia will help you win your fights in #FinalFantasy VII Remake. Here we’re equipping the Elemental Materia, which adds elemental damage to Cloud’s weapon. Certain Materia allow your characters to use Magic, and different Materia can even be linked together… #FF7R pic.twitter.com/cYmyJ2xCJA
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) October 9, 2019
In Final Fantasy Remake, Square Enix has confirmed that Materia will still play a key role though there have been some changes in how this system works.
Pared back to the very basics Materia can be equipped to each character in your party, imbuing them with the magic needed to cast spells such as “Fire”, “Bolt”, or “Cure”.
As in the original PlayStation classic, this system lets you tweak the combat roles of your party members instead of assigning them to classes such as Warrior or White Mage. While some heroes are better suited towards different Materia types, there’ some welcome flexibility in there for players to indulge in.
In Remake, however, certain Materia that appeared in the original game has been removed with new Materia being added. It makes sense considering the shift from turn-based combat and random encounters to a far more cinematic, action focused brand of gameplay.
Square Enix has yet to confirm exactly which Materia have made the final cut. We’re expected to see a greater number of support Materia this time around, giving players even more options when it comes to customising their battle styles.
Summons are also a massive part of any Final Fantasy game. We already know that the Cactuar and Carbuncle Summons will make an appearance though these are only available via the Digital Deluxe version of the game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will launch next year on March 3rd, 2020. The hotly anticipated JRPG is currently a PlayStation 4 exclusive with no plans to bring it the Xbox One or PC.