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FF7 finally coming to Steam?

6/21/12 4:00pm

It would appear judging by this cached page on Google, that the plans for an FF7 release on Steam are still very much in the works. The page appeared on the domain FinalFantasyVIIPC.com for a small period of time, which was registered mid June by Square-Enix themselves. A supposed mirror was made of the original website, which can be found here. Plans began to surface last year after both Final Fantasy VII and VIII were found using the Steam Registry Toolkit by users.

The price was listed as £7.99/€9.99 (which would probably be marked as $12.99 for US customers), but anyone who is resigned to it being a simple re-release of the somewhat buggy PC original may be in for a pleasant surprise. The cached page suggests that as well as an achievement listing (36 in all), ability to "cloud" save (dohoho) and online profiles, there will be game alterations in the form of character boosting items, that seemingly turns on a god mode (for want of better wording) for those "hard to beat" segments.

"Whether you’re a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan. Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure. Whether you’re away from home or simply using a different computer to play, enjoy FINAL FANTASY VII wherever you are. With cloud save support in FINAL FANTASY VII you can continue your game progress right where you left off, all you need is an internet connection."

Well this is all curious indeed. But the more skeptical of users may also fear this "God mode" points towards a seedy micro-transaction style addon. Here's hoping that's not the case!

My first ever copy of Final Fantasy VII was for PC. I remember only being able to use hardware acceleration if I had a voodoo card, otherwise it was software rendering for me. Also, the music was generated via the MIDI on your specific sound card. So it never quite sounded like it was supposed to.  Personally I hope they prioritise these two things if this release ever does come to fruition. How about you g1's? What would you like to see from a PC re-release, and do you see this having potential?

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