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Original ‘Final Fantasy 7’ Gets PS4 Release Date! Remake To Be More ‘Realistic’ But Not Have New Characters Says Director Tetsuya Nomura

Jun 26, 2015 12:44 PM EDT | By Jason Fonbuena
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The "Final Fantasy 7" remake teaser trailer is shown at E3 2015
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First ported to the PC via Steam in 2013, the original "Final Fantasy 7" for the PlayStation is set to get a PS4 version this year.

IGN reported earlier this week that "FF7" is getting a PS4 port which is set for release on October 16. However, a Square Enix representative issued a statement correcting the reported date.

"We can confirm that the published release date for this title is incorrect. As discussed at this year's E3, 'Final Fantasy VII' will be ported to the PlayStation 4 in Winter 2015. The pricing has already been announced last December to be set at $15.99."

Fans of the role-playing game series should note though that this is not the same as the remake announced at E3 2015. That game is currently under development and isn't expected to launch anytime soon.

Director Tetsuya Nomura did talk about the "Final Fantasy 7" remake with Famitsu magazine recently. He said the teaser trailer included part of the game's footage and that "quality will increase over time," as reported by Siliconera.

Asked which platform the game will be seen on, Nomura said it will be in Sony's PlayStation 4. "FF7" for other platforms is "still unknown."

The 44-year-old Japanese game director called the game "special" and said that "simply making the graphics better-looking won't 'surpass' the [original] game."

"There won't be any new characters. As far as visual taste goes, it's going to match the visuals we've seen this time, and be more on the realistic side," Nomura said.

According to him, the game system will be changed to have "a sense of reality."

First released in 1997, the original "Final Fantasy 7" was a role-playing game for the original PlayStation and later for the PC. It enjoyed commercial and critical success and spawned various spinoffs including "Dirge of Cerberus" and "Crisis Core." According to SteamSpy, the Steam version of the game added more than 900,000 copies bringing total sales to about 11 million copies.

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