Updated 03:57 AM EDT, Fri, Aug 14, 2020

'Final Fantasy 7' Remake Trailer, News & Release Date: Nobou Uematsu Not Involved, New Battle System to Be Introduced?

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New reports have surfaced about the "Final Fantasy VII" remake's musical score.

According to IGN, the remake will not feature an updated score from well-known composer, Nobuo Uematsu. This was revealed by Jeuxvideo when Uematsu was asked in an interview via livestream if he would be working on the remake of Square Enix's "Final Fantasy VII," which was announced at this year's E3 and is expected to be released in December 2016.

Uematsu has composed majority of the original scores for the "Final Fantasy" series and in plenty of other classic Square games, but "Final Fantasy VII" is considered as one of his most unforgettable works. In 2014, Uematsu told IGN that "One Winged Angel" from the seventh installment was one of the tracks he was most proud of.

IGN's report didn't indicate who would compose the soundtrack of the remake now that Uematsu is out of the picture. However, executive producer executive producer Shinji Hashimoto confirmed that the game is not just a simple remaster of the original PlayStation RPG.

The news outlet added that Square Enix is currently working on the game's visual direction, and that the developer is experimenting with a new battle system in order to update the old turn-based combat.

"We're starting to see the visual direction," producer Yoshinori Kitase told Famitsu via Gematsu back in August. "On the other hand, we're currently working out the battle system and such through trial-and-error. Since there's a possibility that the command battle system of the old days might not work today, we're thinking hard about what kind of direction we can take it. Normally, when you do a remake, it becomes somewhere along the lines of a familiar action RPG, so we're looking at how we can put out something like 'Final Fantasy VII' while still surprising players.

Director Tetsuya Nomura previously said that the game's combat system will showcase "dramatic changes," but they want to make sure "it's still recognizable," according to a separate report from IGN.

"We're not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that," Nomura told Official PlayStation Magazine, as reported by GamesRadar.

Nomura also mentioned "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children," the "Final Fantasy VII" companion film he directed in 2005. The movie will serve as a source of inspiration for designing the remake's visuals. He added that they "don't intend on utilizing the 3D models of 'Advent Children' as is because, well, it's a different technology, and it's actually been almost ten years since 'Advent Children' was first released," GamesRadar further reported.

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