The moment gamers have been desperately waiting for has finally arrived: 18 years after its release, Final Fantasy VII is getting a full on HD-ified remake on the PlayStation 4!
Squaresoft's highly revered role-playing game first hit store shelves in 1997, receiving near-unanimous critical and public acclaim, and is still considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time.
It should come as no surprise then that fans have been clamoring for a modern remake for the best part of the last decade. At last, that dream is now becoming a reality!
Sony unveiled the game during their press conference at E3 - the video game industry's largest annual expo - and promptly broke the Internet, reducing millions of gamers to incoherent wrecks spluttering nostalgic tears of joy. Check out the moment it all happened below:
Final Fantasy games have always been lookers, but this CG shown off in the trailer is simply breathtaking, with the game's environments having been totally overhauled:
Midgar - The Original (1997)
Midgar - The Remake (2015)
The trailer's voiceover appeared to be full of heavy-handed meta-commentary, seemingly speaking directly to the passionate players so desperate to see this project come to fruition:
Yet with each fond remembrance, we knew - those encountered were not forgotten; that someday we would see them again. Perhaps it was no more than wishful thinking. [...] They are coming back.
Hell yeah they are - protagonist Cloud returns with his iconic oversized sword in tow! And then, the glorious word gamers everywhere have been waiting for...
Unsurprisingly, Twitter quickly ignited in hype-filled flames - here's just a few of the best reactions:
But it was YouTube that was home to what was, hands down, the funniest response of all:
Leading the development of the remake will be core members from the original team, including producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Tetsuya Nomura and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will release "first of PlayStation," indicating it will be made available on other platforms thereafter. With a current release date of 2016, there's still a ways to go. But hey, we've waited this long - what's another year?