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First ‘Final Fantasy 7’ Remake Gameplay Shown Off at E3

Variety — Alex Kane

Square Enix gave players their first look at gameplay from the long-awaited “Final Fantasy VII” remake at E3 on Monday night. The developer also debuted an extended trailer for the game, which launches on March 3, 2020.

“A spectacular reimagining of one of the most visionary games ever, the first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience,” Square Enix said in the trailer’s description, stressing that this is just the first of several large-scale, episodic installments for the remake. “The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him.”

The original “Final Fantasy VII” is one of the most beloved role-playing games of all time. In their 2017 list of the 500 best video games ever made, for instance, Polygon ranked “Final Fantasy VII” at number 70.

The remake will launch on PlayStation 4.

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11 to 13. As is tradition, however, things kicked off early on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET with Electronic Arts’ EA Play event, which was held at the Hollywood Palladium on June 8 and 9. Microsoft had its big Xbox E3 2019 Briefing on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. ET. Publishers Bethesda and Devolver Digital also hosted press conferences that same evening at 8:30 and 10 p.m. ET, respectively.

E3 2019 is coming to Los Angeles on June 11 through 13, and we’ll cover all the highlights of the event here at Variety as well.

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