This 7-Minute Final Fantasy 7 Remake Commercial Will Warm Your Cynical Heart

This 7-Minute Final Fantasy 7 Remake Commercial Will Warm Your Cynical Heart

Who needs new gameplay footage when you have drama?

Final Fantasy 7 is a special game, and Square Enix is betting on Final Fantasy 7 Remake being special, too. You don't go ahead and construct seven-minute commercials for any old game, but that's what Square Enix has assembled for Remake—and there's a special 13-minute cut, too.

The commercial aired over the weekend during a 27-hour annual programming block hosted by comedian Beat Takeshi (translation via Kotaku).

The commercial is a mini drama that revolves around a salaryman who finds his wife's copy of Final Fantasy 7 for the PlayStation. He's never played the game himself, but he gradually learns why it means so much to so many people—including his wife, who played the game with her estranged brother. The commercial concludes with the salaryman deciding to buy a PlayStation 4 for Final Fantasy 7. In between, there's an amazing sequence with a man wearing a trench coat who's a Final Fantasy 7 evangelist of sorts and who rides a "chocobo" as he exits stage left.

There isn't an official translation of the commercial available yet, but one YouTuber uploaded a version that’s partially subbed. It's more than enough to let you in on what's going on. One chuckle-worthy moment: In a scene where two nostalgic businessmen are talking about Remake, one says he's disappointed the new game will be action-based, and his colleague corrects him, saying the ATB system is still in-place. Indeed, Final Fantasy 7 Remake can be played with a new system that combines action with menus, or you can opt for a classic ATB mode.

The commercial actually has nothing in the way of new gameplay footage, but it's a heartwarming little story. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is due out in March 2020. In the meantime, read all our cool Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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