A new Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshot was released of Cloud taking cover behind a large box during battle, and naturally there were a few concerns- the primary of those being: what is going on? That one image seemed to completely deviate from the fighting system to which fans have been so accustomed for the last two decades, especially in the original Final Fantasy VII.
As many know, battle is one of the core elements of the Final Fantasy franchise, and the battle systems have become more intricate over the years. What started as a turn-based system with the earlier games, soon evolved into Active Time Battle (ATB), and then turned to a system that began incorporating real-time action with the release of Final Fantasy XV. Therefore, news of an action-based system in the Final Fantasy VII Remake should not come as too much of a shock, but it does make it clear that this beloved remake is getting more than a few modern upgrades.
In order to clear any misunderstandings of Cloud crouching behind a box, director Tetsuya Nomura explained to Famitsu that the battles in the remake will be quite different from the original game, and will be action-based. Taking cover is not required:
Battles are not command-based, they’re action-based. Regarding cover actions, there are places where they can be done on the map, but they are not required. Because it’s seamless, I showed that there can be actions in response to various scenes.
In another screenshot released, Cloud is battling alongside his party against the Guard Scorpion, the first boss your encounter in the game. Nomura also mentions that the creatures attacks have an impact on the environment, making it a more “flashy battle”.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake was officially announced at E3 2015 (though we got a big surprise with the tech demo with the launch of the PlayStation 3), and since then we have been gathering bits of information regarding the development, including trailers and images from the gameplay.
Unfortunately, there is still no release date, though hopefully in the coming months we will learn more.