Final Fantasy 7 Remake is an ambitious project, remaking one of the most beloved JRPGs within modern technology. As part of the extensive remake, Square Enix has revamped the combat system, offering something a little more action-oriented. The new battle system is a hybrid of real-time mechanics and the original Active Time Battle system.
If you're a purist though, there's still hope for you. During a presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2019 today, Final Fantasy 7 Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed that there will be a turn-based Classic Mode. The information comes from a translated recap of the presentation by the official Final Fantasy 7 Remake Twitter account.
In the original #FinalFantasy VII, you would wait around until the ATB Gauge fills up, and then select a move to initiate your attack. With Classic Mode in #FF7R the team have re-created the same style of play!— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) September 14, 2019
"In standard modes, the ATB Gauge fills up by repeatedly attacking your enemy, but in Classic Mode this aspect of gameplay is handled automatically. The player does not need to do anything and the character fights automatically, charging up their ATB Gauge," the recap explains. "So anyone playing Final Fantasy 7 Remake in Classic Mode does not have to worry about the action side of the combat system, and can instead focus on selecting commands, making it possible to play FF7R as if it were a classic menu-based RPG!"
A number of folks, including USgamer Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey, were dismayed to hear about the change in the combat system. It sounds like Square Enix took that criticism to heart, seeking to provide combat more authentic to the original Final Fantasy 7.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming to the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020. Square Enix has previously said the game will be playable in some form on the next PlayStation console as well. The FF7 story is still going to be broken up into multiple episodic releases for the remake, but Nomura and Square Enix have stressed that this first installment will be like a full game in its own right. For more on what you can expect come March, take a look at our Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide, our impressions from E3 2019 and PAX West 2019, and our breakdown of the recent TGS 2019 trailer.