Square Enix’s full remake of its Playstation classic, Final Fantasy VII, is going to be pretty different from the original. We’ve known that abstractly since it was announced, but thanks to a new trailer from last weekend’s Playstation Experience expo in San Francisco, it’s possible to get a better idea of what “different” actually means.
The trailer above shows what the (really rather beautiful) update of the title will be like. It looks a lot more like modern games from Square Enix and other companies than it does the 1997 original. Final Fantasy VII in its original incarnation has players commanding their characters in battle with a series of menu options. You choose who you want to attack and using which ability, with the player and their opponents taking turns. The remake looks like it’ll use a much more active system, similar to the kind found in Final Fantasy XIII or Final Fantasy XIV.
How you’ll play the new Final Fantasy VII isn’t the only departure. Square Enix said at PSX that the new FFVII will be episodic in nature, “told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.” Hopefully one of those experiences is just chocobo racing.