Final Fantasy VII Remake is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, and you won’t have to wait until its 10th April PlayStation 4 release to check it out. No, you can try it right now thanks to Square Enix dropping a demo onto the PlayStation Store this morning.
We've just released the free #FinalFantasy VII Remake demo on PlayStation Store.
What are you waiting for? Download it now and experience the beginning of the story for yourself! #FF7R
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) March 2, 2020
Just follow this link to the PlayStation Store and grab the trial for this gorgeous looking remake.
The demo weighs in at 7.59GB and features the first chapter from the game, the Mako Reactor 1 bombing mission, letting you sample the very beginning of the game. However, Square Enix note that you won’t be able to carry your progress over to the retail version of the game and that content may differ from the final release.
If you download the demo before 11th May, you’ll also get an exclusive theme for the PlayStation 4 main menu, available from the game’s launch on 10th April.
The demo launch comes just ahead of the game’s originally stated 3rd March release date, with Square Enix deciding that they needed just a little more time to polish the game, and pushed back to April 10th. I mean, when we’ve had to wait this long, what’s another month?
And this is a particularly grand project as well, going far beyond just being a graphical overhaul and into the territory of becoming a complete reimagining of the game. For one thing Final Fantasy VII Remake completely redesigns the combat to work in real time, while still taking some cues from the original Active Time Battle system, but it’s also seen Square Enix decide to flesh out the story, creating new character moments and content to justify splitting the game up into three parts. Hopefully it’ll work out better here than it did for The Hobbit film trilogy, eh?
A demo for this game has long been rumoured, first mentioned back in December as data scraping found mention of the demo on the PlayStation Store website. Of course that wasn’t confirmed or acknowledged by Square, but the rumours persisted when an intro video to the game was leaked online just a week later. That intro video was officially released on Valentine’s Day.
Though it’s taken longer than many fans would have surely liked, those rumours have been proven correct.
Miguel went hands on with this opening part of the game at E3 2019, saying:
It’s still hard to believe, but this game really is coming. Whether we get one disc or three, the content is bound to be worthwhile if this brief demo was any indication. The decision to shift form turn-based action to something more real time will remain contentious for devout fans, but it’s inventive and rewarding. Square observed the flaws of their action combat from Final Fantasy XV, and improved on every part of it. Having gone hands on, I now can’t wait for even more when the game launches.
Anyway, what are you waiting for? Go and check out the stunning remake now!