While Final Fantasy VII Remake might have lost out on the Game of The Year award to The Last Of Us: Part 2 at The Game Awards, it managed to snag two highly coveted prizes.
Square Enix’s reimagining of perhaps their most classic game of all time brought home honors for Best RPG and Best Score and Music at the prestigious award show.
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The game was originally released on April 10, right in the opening months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and set new records for digital sales on the PlayStation 4.
The game sold more than 3.5 million units in its first three days, which includes both physical copies and digital downloads. It also released as a timed PlayStation exclusive, with contractual obligations between Sony and Square Enix ending on April 10, 2021. At that time, the game can be released on other platforms.
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The Best RPG category had some still competition. Final Fantasy VII Remake went up against Genshin Impact, Persona 5 Royal, Wasteland 3, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Genshin Impact, especially, has been getting a lot of attention as of late, which makes Final Fantasy VII Remake’s victory in this category all the more impressive.
For Best Score and Music, Final Fantasy VII Remake was facing off with Doom Eternal, Hades, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and The Last of Us: Part 2.
The composers for Final Fantasy VII Remake were Mitsuto Suzuki and Masashi Hamauzu, who were tasked with re-creating a lot of the most epic and iconic game themes of all time, originally written by Nobuo Uematsu for the 1997 original.
Uematsu also returned to this game, serving as one of its composers.
In fact, Uematsu composed the new official theme song for Final Fantasy VII Remake, Hollow, which was performed by Yosh from Survive Said The Prophet.
Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced by Square Enix at E3 2015. It is a complete remake of the original 1997 PlayStation 1 RPG.
While the original was a turn-based classic JRPG, this new game invented a brand new battle system that combined elements of turn-based combat with live action.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is not complete, however, and it will be presented in chapters, each the length of a full game. The first game only focused on the Midgar portion of the original, which is a small bit in the game’s first disc. This effectively turns Final Fantasy VII into its own franchise.
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Square Enix is currently hard at work designing and developing the next installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The only thing we know about this next chapter is that development is under way.