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Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake get new screenshots By Wassim Mokhtar on February 18, 2017 at 7:12 AM

To our complete surprise, director Tetsuya Nomura has unveiled never before seen screenshots of Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake at the Monaco Anime Game International Conferences 2017 event.

Feast your eyes on the shots as well as Nomura’s descriptions of them below:

Kingdom Hearts III

KH3 Direct Feed MAGIC 2017

“This is the first time we’ve shown this screenshot of Kingdom Hearts III,” director Tetsuya Nomura said to an audience at the event (via Gameblog.fr). “It’s happening in Thebes and they are fighting a new version of Heartless. The Keyblade turns into a lot of things. Here it is a shield, but it can also be transformed into a chariot. This is called Power Form.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake

“Here is a new image of Final Fantasy VII,” Nomura continued, referencing two fresh screenshots from the in-development Remake. “I’ve put a lot of attention into the combat system, and it’s going to be going on without interruption.” Nomura also mentioned that allies won’t take damage from your own attacks.

As for the second image: “This is the first boss in the game. It’s [the Guard] Scorpion and the scenery will be partly destructible. Sorry, I asked to show a video, but the company refused. The menus are not yet final, but I will talk more on another occasion.”

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  • Randy Marsh

    Oh my god! It’s so beautiful!

  • Luke Watts

    What the fuck is this….
    2 seperate tabs for Magic AND Materia??? What the hell is going on here

  • DairyQueen_DQ

    Liking the new screenshot for both games.

    As long as they have valor, wisdom, master and final form for kingdom hearts 3 I’ll be happy.

    As for final fantasy 7, I’m curious to why they have a materia menu. Is it for like deathblow, 2-4 cut, cover, enemy skill mixed with summon materia (all in one materia menu)? Or will it bring you to different sub materia menu?

    I know it’s too early being judgemental, but time will tell.

  • Kuro

    do I see ATB? honestly hope the combat is like XV, the combat was so fun.

  • Noctis

    materia where also attacks

  • Paladin Joe

    In Nomura I trust. Just give me a trailer with Tifa, Aerith and Red XIII soon

  • NoctLightCloud

    Looks promising! I hope they change Cloud’s face a bit, in the 7R he looks kinda old and not as good as in AC…

  • SJ Teoh

    thats how they did for 10 years ago FF13 versus first gameplay trailer.

  • Luke Watts

    ummmm they had a materia tab in Versus???

  • Luke Watts

    lol i know that….. It’s just… suspicious….
    To have magic come from materia, and the have materia and magic as 2 seperate tabs… that implies segregation of the two, when they are both one and the same

  • メディナ フアン カルロス

    Please some video gameplay or any video of that pls

  • Luke Watts

    It shouldn’t be to far away… or they just woulda let him show it

  • Luke Watts

    I’ve learnt from this, that they actually care about what and when they release to the public… unlike 15 where they released more hours of demo/ sample footage than there was actual gameplay in the actual game…. I mean shit… they deserve a medal for that effort… it’s actually impressive

  • Eyoi

    There is a quote from Nomura saying that the interface isn’t final.

  • Stonespear

    They did say the menu isn’t finalised, but I wonder about the three-split limit bar. Reminds me of FFXII.

    Looks good! A trickle of new information in what hopefully will continue on.

  • Stonespear

    To be fair the screenie we saw was from the beginning of the game, and in the story Cloud isn’t entirely healthy at that stage.

  • Randy

    Plot twist, Tabata is appointed to direct FVII Remake

  • These look incredible!

  • Maybe E3.

  • Tifa and Vincent teamed up with Cloud is all I want. But Vince likely won’t come till the last episode.

  • Maybe it is, and the ATB is just for cooldowns on skills and magic.

  • Materia menu might be to switch materia mid battle while taking cover.

  • Maybe you can switch materia you have in your item bag mid-battle.

  • Triangle button icon over Cloud seems like a prompt for team attacks or to switch characters.

  • NoctLightCloud

    Yeah I’ve heard someone saying the same as you before, but that’s not a reason to make him look like 5 years older his actual age. I’m surprised they chose this design since Japan tends to make their characters younger. :’)

  • NoctLightCloud

    Same here!

  • Soldier Blue

    I like it, he looks more mature like he’s had it rough, less like AC’s version.
    They captured his essence and demeanor very well.
    Also, I don’t think ‘old’ is the correct word here…unless you’re a fan of that insufferable moe/chibi art style.

  • NoctLightCloud

    Ikr! That’s when you can notice that there are actually different teams working on different games within FF. I always find it amusing when people get mad as soon as they hear that SE is working on multiple games at the same time and claim that “game A is taking away development time from game B”…xD

  • If they’re going to do that they might as well just fire Nomura. If they’re not going to let him direct or draw or write anymore what’s the point of him being there. I like both directors. Do we really need to draw lines in the sand? Let’s just focus on making good games that run well and have their whole story without needing DLC to tell the rest of it.

  • stevenm281

    Square Enix higher ups: Go Fuck Yourself!

    Nomura wanted to make a trailer and you refused? Jesus Fucking Christ!!

    Nonetheless, it looks BADASS

  • stevenm281

    well, if they would produce less games and appoint more teams to each project, they would get done faster.

  • stevenm281

    he looks like a 20 yo and he’s 21…. he doesn’t look like mid/late 20s.

  • メディナ フアン カルロス

    Where is the gameplay or video of the conference ?

    These images are gameplay !!

  • D.3ND

    They probably felt it was a little too early drop a trailer and want to wait until E3 to show it.

  • Invictus

    Exclusive on the PS5! lol

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    Sans-coeur…. how… original??? lol
    Can someone tell me what heartless are called in French version, is it the same thing?

  • MR J

    Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay will be shown in E3 ps4 conference for killing the first boss called Xbox Scorpio”n” .

  • 4FFAN

    In the French version of the game, Heartless is translated to Sans-coeur.

  • Yuntu

    I mean … for all we know that scene could run at 5fps or something. You don´t show your product if you can´t deliver quality with the showcase, atleast thats how SE is handling this one.

  • stevenm281

    if Nomura was confident about it, I’m sure it runs fine!

  • stevenm281

    its linked to a level 1 ability, I believe that the Magic menu lets you select the spell assigned to Triangle.

  • Yuntu

    … not so sure about that

    both XV E3 2013 gameplay and VIIR PSX 2015 gameplay had really poor performance :/

  • stevenm281

    I was still highly impressed and amazed, I’m sure it wouldn’t be any different now.

  • Meta

    Problem is when game A has a lot of the same staff as the team on Game B like the same director and the same producer

    Like it or not having the same guy be managing two different teams as a director will impact both games one way or another

  • Stonespear

    That’s what I’m thinking, too. They’ll play this one very close to the chest and we won’t see much of anything until it looks perfect.

  • Casper

    They actually have a lot of stuff done, you know so it won’t be coming out on PS5 unless it’s a remaster.

  • NoctLightCloud

    But it doesn’t make sense for him to look older in VII than in the sequel AC which is set 2 years after VII. Also, I’m 22 myself, I don’t need to look it up – in my eyes, his current face looks older than 21. Maybe I just have a different background.

  • NoctLightCloud

    In my eyes at least, he looks like mid 20s :’)

  • NoctLightCloud

    In the case of Nomura, I like it. A lot even 🙂

  • NoctLightCloud

    The Japanese managers don’t think that way. :-/ I also highly doubt that “more is better” in terms of the number of people in a development team.

  • •december

    Final Fantasy VII looks sexy.
    Final Fantasy XV looked sexy too, hope we get it sooner than later.
    The next big milestone on my list of must-haves is Episode Gladiolus!!!

  • Hasuki

    As long as Vincent doesn’t play like Dirge of Cerberus I’m game. And I wanna see some Sephiroth of course!

  • Vallen

    Nomura: Can we show a trailer?
    SE: NO!! We learned our lesson with you and trailers from Versus XIII
    Nomura 🙁

  • Pandarino

    Is it PTSD when you see new Final Fantasy 7R material and just hope that in 6-7 years some poor man doesn’t have to repurpose all these assets and turn them into a somewhat functional FF16?

  • Stonespear

    That’s cynicism.

  • Starlord

    So it turned from (what we thought) an action game.. to now back to ATB like the original?

  • Zach Hagler

    Is it just me or does the last screenshot of FFVII Remake look like it was inspired by some of the battle mechanics of FF Type 0 HD….Again it’s probably just me.

  • I hope that FINAL FANTASY VII wipes the floor with FINAL FANTASY XV

  • Patrick Balmes

    Why not love both because I love xv and I can’t wait for both vii remake and kh3 besides both xv and vii remake were both made tetsuya nomura

  • Randy Marsh

    Most likely a Sony gag deal.

  • Shinobuden

    Still looks like a mix of Action/ATB to me.

  • Starlord

    Maybe you move around like an action game, but can only take an action when your ATB is filled. If that is the case, it is a different take on the ATB system.

  • Yuntu

    But then you also gotta see that this was some random event without advertisement, just for E3 or any other bigger press thingy if you wanna see something big

  • Shinobuden

    It shows Cloud hiding behind a box for cover, and that strikes me as something you’d see in a game with an action oriented battle system. Hence why I think they’re still going for a hybrid system, and based on what Nomura himself has said.

    It’s entirely possible they could be doing that though, and I’d like to see how that would work.

  • highsky00

    According to the interview with Kitase from 2 weeks ago ,they haven’t done a lot of stuff, they still have a long way to go.

  • •december

    Thanks, Patrick

  • Omegataco

    If you’ve read the recent interviews. It sounds like it has barely made any progress. You can thank Nomura for always announcing his games before they’ve even exited pre-production.

    Honestly, knowing him it wouldn’t surprise me if this screenshot is from pre-rendered footage.

  • Omegataco

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all at this point if that screenshot is from pre-rendered footage anyway.

  • Patrick Bateman

    man that Final Fantasy boss battle pic looks AWESOME! I’m glad they’re going with the Kingdom Hearts/Dissidia style ( honestly looks more KH to me, but I know it’s been said they’re using a mix of both combat systems)

    Kingdom Hearts was the best action oriented game play style they ever used imo because it’s not unnecessarily confusing or challenging and it’s fun. Can’t WAIT to smash shit with Cloud!

  • Patrick Bateman

    ….XV was Tabata lol Nomura did Versus, which was canceled…

  • Patrick Bateman

    …..as shitty as that’d be, he DID do a good job with Crisis Core, the game wasn’t perfect and FUCK Genesis, but over-all that’s easily his best game he directed…if it turned out like XV though i’d be done with Square lol

  • Randy Marsh

    The battle system seems more like Kingdom Hearts, as opposed to FFXV’s diet Kingdom Hearts/Type-0 battle system. However, I’m assuming the ATB bar will function like FFXII’s cast time system.

  • Randy Marsh

    Nomura was in charge of FFXV for a while until the shift in 2014. However, yes, it is still Tabata’s baby.

  • Jesus Christ

    Why not love both? Because for some people, XV is dookie and there’s no way around it.

  • Jesus Christ

    There’s all ready a few red flags with them splitting up the games.

  • Jesus Christ

    I miss KHIII. I am in love.

  • Jesus Christ

    Bless your heart. PLease watch your utmost language.

  • Patrick Bateman

    i know the interface has changed since the last trailer but it looks like ( from the trailer ) the ATB went up as Cloud attacked, maybe it’s a gauge to stop people from infinite spamming attacks and has a cooldown when it’s full, ( like XV where you literally just hold a button lol ) or maybe it builds up to allow you to use “power” attacks to combo or something.

    what ever it turns out to be I’m really looking forward to it! the gameplay looked really smooth and NOT really confusing, which is a first in a while haha

  • Patrick Bateman

    i wouldn’t go that far, with his inclusion with the movie and his own game, he seems to have a more important place in the story with his connection to Sephiroth and Hojo, so if anything I think it’s safe to assume we’ll probably see a lot more of him, and a lot sooner too. they DID say they were overhauling the whole story, while keeping many things the same, lots will be changed so who knows.

  • Luke Watts

    It’s just going to act like a cooldown timer on certain abilities. That’s all it will be

  • I plan to beat the game with him, so i wanna get Vince as soon as possible.

  • Sephiroth being playable for that one flashback though.

  • xMysticx

    it wil trust me although im partly skeptical on how well the core will reman true to the original . imagine if it destroyed all the hard work ffxv have gone though specially tabata …. lol that would be funny reaction

    ffvii has a huge following

  • xMysticx

    its a bit off topic ……
    but, tbh, your life is full of doubts …. look at your own replies ….

  • xMysticx

    you are crazy ffxv battle system is button mashing ffvii battle system is hybrid …..

  • stevenm281

    the shift was in 2012 according to Tabata’s interview, Nomura was FFXV director for a year only.

  • Casper

    The long ways to go wasn’t talking about Part 1 of the FF7 Remake, he was talking about finishing the entire FF7 Remake project Part 1 to Part 3.

  • Casper

    They aren’t splitting it up, they are developing three full games like FFXIII.

  • Codes McGodes

    Three full games, derived from one. That’s splitting it up.

  • Luke Watts

    yes my friend.. that is the definition of splitting them up

  • Codes McGodes

    Not really. That’s basically how FFXI, FFXII, and FFXIV all are. Though FFVIIR does seem to have a greater emphasis on the action, so proximity and accuracy will probably play a greater role.

  • Codes McGodes

    Yeah I’d be surprised if all three games make it to the PS4 tbh.

    Also, is it three? Did they ever confirm how many exactly?

  • Randy Marsh

    Interesting to here that, because back in summer 2013 Nomura was still stating he was directing the game, especially during the Square-Enix presents interviews and in the Famitsu articles afterwards. So either Tabata is extremely forgetful or SE really pulled a big one around us and Tabata may need to start learning how to keep his mouth shut on revealing internal affairs in the company. However, it is still interesting.

  • •december

    Hoping the Square Enix higher ups don’t fuck this up like they fucked up FFXV.
    I have patience for future FFXV updates, but I won’t for FF7 Remake.
    Do it right the first time.

  • Noctis Pendragon

    2012 : Tabata + Nomura .
    End 2013 : Tabata director .

  • Luke Watts

    Can only hope really…

  • Noctis Pendragon

    Lol they did well i think .

    They’ll avoid many problems by doing that .

  • Randy Marsh

    Okay there we go, that makes more sense. Considering he was in charge in mid 2014.

  • Casper

    It’s going to have new story content, they aren’t just taking the original FF7 and splitting up each game by each disc.

  • Casper

    That’s not splitting it up though, it may come from the original FF7, but it’s going to have additional story content, it’s not just the original FF7

  • Casper

    It was confirmed to be using FFXIII as a blueprint for releases so 3.

  • Sathil

    Hey, the original was technically split up as well, just released at the same time xD

  • Comadrejaweasel

    Very interested to see more of FFVII:R

  • Dave Bordios

    this song was playing in my mind
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaZOGhESWmg

  • gigantor21

    “Sorry, I asked to show a video, but the company refused.”

    So they want people to think the game is never coming out or what? Just let him show some footage, damn.

  • highsky00

    It will still be long anyway, consider how enormous the entire game is and Nomura is in charged.

  • highsky00

    No because they have learned their lesson with Nomura and FFXIIVS/XV lol. Not showing much is a good way to prevent people from blaming the developers if they change something.

  • Ray Muñoz

    You are defining splitting it up lol. And there is no confirmation that it will be split up into the similar sections that the discs were.

  • Ray Muñoz

    I actually posted my analysis on Reddit. Let me know what you think. https://www.reddit.com/r/FFVIIRemake/comments/5ux3a9/my_interpretation_of_the_battle_system_from_2_new/

  • Shinobuden

    Very interesting read! Your theory resonates a lot with my own. I’ve also thought the ATB bar is somehow linked to the “Power” attacks we saw in the gameplay trailer. However, I’ve never seen them as lesser versions of the limit breaks so that was an interesting view on it and makes sense.

    Thanks for sharing! Upvoted the post.

  • Ray Muñoz

    Is this confirmed? I have heard multiple people say this, but I can’t find a true source anywhere.

  • Ray Muñoz

    No problem. I think we may have had a glimpse at a less powerful Cross Slash in the first trailer. When we does the move where the color of his slashes is orangish and it resembles cross slashing. However, you only does two swings of his sword instead of the usual 3.

  • cloud

    They didnt want to show footage because its still too early in development… doing two games at once is not a good idea

  • Jesus Christ

    But I think this is a remake of solely FFVII, no?

  • Jesus Christ

    Is it wrong that I just want to look at the KHIII image? Cause I can care less about FFVII.

    Not sorry bout it.

  • Third World Tristan

    Nostalgia is a disease.

    People go apeshit every time “FFVII” is mentioned, so they won’t see how alarming this actually is. The IQ is poor. The textures are generic, there’s a shit-ton of jaggies and the metal constructions in the background are very blurry and low-res. I can’t even begin to imagine how many problems there’re going to have with the more advanced environmental designs in the game. They’ll probably need PS5 Mega Duplex to handle this properly. Square Enix is pretty much trying to bite off more than it can chew. Doing a proper remake of FFVII on modern hardware would require at least three Square Enixes duct-taped together.

  • Luke Watts

    Early days.

  • Average Afro

    the cancer of “IQ” has started already… Leave that shit with FFXV and be happy you’re even getting screenshots…

  • King Zeus

    I like it, and I think they can handle it.
    Anytime.

  • xMysticx

    if one to blame is tabata and his team . they dont know wtf they are doing

  • highsky00

    I mean the hyping up people thing while the game is still not in its full circle of development.

  • xMysticx

    while i agree on what you say but, let me just put something here :

    – did they really learned their lesson ?

    my answer to that is NO! and it will be a 50 years up ahead and still trolling their fans . well for me anyway after the trash XV i dont think id hype for this one tell you .

    they just shattered the heats of many with this trollish moves and tabatas reply to the survey was trollish to .

    well for me im waiting on this remake and kh3 and i can move on and forget i was a FF and SE fan once

  • highsky00

    I don’t know if they have really learned their lesson and sticked with a certain release date or not, only the time will tell us. I hope FF7R and KH3 won’t be in limbo for too long like FFXIIIVS/FFXV.

  • Dzung Nguyen

    You should blame the hardware that not support 8K – 16K texture size. Development team always double the resolution for marketing and then compress them to the engine to run realtime.

  • Shinobuden

    You could be right, but if they wanted it to be a weaker version of Cross Slash wouldn’t Cloud at least slash in a different direction for the second swing? Both times he spins around and slashes in the same direction. Although I suppose it’s entirely possible he does so because it’s a weaker version of it. The orangish effects of those two swings do very closely resemble what I imagine the effects for Cross Slash would look like in the remake.

    Saving up ATB bars to use weaker versions of the limit breaks in the form of power attacks is starting to seem more viable the more I converse with you on the matter. If this is proven to be true we’ve already seen the power attacks for Braver and Cross Slash. Makes me wonder what the power attacks for Omnislash would look like if it has them…oh boy.

  • Invictus

    Hmmm A lot of stuff done on the remake?

  • these photos could be old for all we known

  • that is just what they want you to think, we will all be playing it long before we even realise

  • exactly what I thought, they have already done most of part 1

  • Justice V

    Game is still in development. I don’t think it should be judged until either near release or upon release. Until then pretty much anything can change for the better or worse.

  • Justice V

    Opposite for me heh. KH has taken too long to do anything substantial (though I did like BBS when it came out on PSP). But VIIR seems like a lot of fun.

  • Dennis Gurkis Johansson

    Hard to belive that people actually seems to think that ff7r is still in the beginning of development. Kitase did say thst they are still polishing up the scene from psx,POLISHING is the word of the day here. Look at half of youtube and they will be saying that it’s not making any progress at all, you dont polish until the foundation of the entire game is basically done. I can however fully understand why Square enix wouldnt want to show the unpolished parts as that would send internet into a rage quit of their preorders and the impression of ff7r to be an ugly and buggy mess, and that first imoression is really important. Just chill internet and give it time to blossom, and stop acting like ur all game devs. Leave the creating to the creators, simple as that.