On the 23rd anniversary of the release of the original Final Fantasy VII, developer Square Enix has released a trailer featuring a brand-new look at the remake of the classic Japanese video game, one of the most beloved in the popular Final Fantasy series.
The trailer features Cloud Strife, a mercenary who sets out to stop supersoldier Sephiroth from destroying the Earth in his quest for power.
23 years ago today the iconic #FinalFantasy VII was first released to the world, re-defining the RPG genre and capturing the hearts of millions.
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) January 31, 2020
The trailer shows a combination of gameplay and cutscenes. In the cutscenes we see Cloud in the Honey Bee Inn, what appears to be an establishment based on those found in Tokyo’s red lantern districts. The owner of the establishment, surrounded by dancers dressed as honeybees, declares that, “True beauty is an expression of the heart. A thing without shame, to which notions like gender don’t apply.”
Cloud emerges from the Inn in a black dress, his face accented with make-up and his hair braided with bows. This reveal resulted in the character trending on Twitter in Japan under the hashtag #女装クラウド , which means “crossdressing Cloud.”
As this is a remake and will feature the same plot as the 1997 original, this game has been long awaited by fans. Seeing the iconic Final Fantasy characters and story remade into a modern engine with dynamic gameplay and graphics is sure to make this remake a hit, and could set off a trend of remaking popular old games for the enjoyment of fans, both new and old.
Read more about what to expect with our Final Fantasy VII Remake: Seven Things to Be Excited and Worried About article!