Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Full Combat System Revealed as a Hybrid of Real-Time and ATB Mechanics

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Full Combat System Revealed as a Hybrid of Real-Time and ATB Mechanics

The best, most complete look at Final Fantasy 7 Remake yet. Including Tifa.

Square Enix revealed even more of Final Fantasy 7 Remake today at its E3 2019 press conference. Following last night's trailer and release date reveal, Square Enix dived more into Final Fantasy 7 Remake's gameplay.

Going into E3, many expected Square Enix to reveal the release date for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. But Square Enix revealed that the night before after a Final Fantasy 7 orchestra concert. Instead, today's showcase focused on the development of the game and gameplay.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake has a combination of real-time combat and turn-based. Each press of the button is a swing of Cloud's blade, and he dodges and moves in real-time. Active Time Battle, or ATB, also makes a return. The meter builds with each successful hit, and once the meter is full they can be spent to slow time down and dive into a bullet time-like combat mode.

ATB charges and materia come together to form special and magical attacks. These two styles blend together real-time combat and Final Fantasy 7's classic turn-based combat.

Previous reports suggested that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be released in parts. Tonight Square Enix confirmed that the release structure for Final Fantasy 7 Remake would be released in multiple parts.

Square Enix confirmed that there is two blu-ray discs worth of content for the remake, and that the portions in Midgard populate one whole blu-ray. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a total remake of the 1997 JRPG classic, complete with wholly redone graphics, animations, character design, and combat.

To end its presentation, Square Enix showed off a longer version of last night's release date trailer that showed off both Tifa and Sephiroth. Both characters have long been kept secret for the remake, but were in full display in tonight's new trailer.

This is the most we've seen of Final Fantasy 7 Remake since it was first announced at E3 2015. While there were some questions about how far along development on Final Fantasy 7 Remake was, leading up to E3, Square Enix confirmed that development was well on its way.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming out on PS4 in March 3, 2020. For more on Final Fantasy 7 Remake, check out our everything we know about Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide. Also check out our Square Enix E3 2019 guide for everything about tonight's press conference.

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