That Final Fantasy VII re-release we mentioned has just been officially announced by Square Enix, which means we can finally make that 'Cloud Saves' pun we shamefully overlooked the first time around.
There's a Final Fantasy VII website to peruse (it's currently down, testament to how loved Final Fantasy is), which details the changes being made to the 15 year old PlayStation classic. Achievements and cloud saves (LOL, SPOILERS) are both being introduced, as well as an in-built 'Character Booster' which will let you cheat your way past difficult boss fights. Interestingly, though previous rumours suggested a Steam or GoG.com release, the website claims Final Fantasy VII will be exclusive to the Square Enix Store. Some minimum specs are also provided, though we doubt they're going to trouble you:
- Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit)
- 2GHz Processor or faster
- 1GB RAM
- DirectX 9-compatible graphic card
There's an announcement trailer too, with a brilliantly gravel-throated voice-over:
It's a bit strange seeing Final Fantasy VII being resold to us with freshly rewritten character bios and touched-up wallpapers. It's like Square Enix airbrushing your nan's cadaver and selling her back to you, with 36 achievements and cloud saves. Not that we don't appreciate the chance to see our dear grandmother again, but those dead manga-eyes are vaguely unsettling.