The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is not far off now, and lots of fans are excited for it. We already knew that the remake would make a lot of changes to the game mechanics to go along with that visual and audio overhaul, such as a big change to the battle system. Some fans might have been a little miffed about the impact on the game’s nostalgia value without a turn-based combat system, but it turns out they had nothing to fear. During a gameplay demo at Tokyo Game Show 2019, it was revealed that there will be a ‘Classic Mode’, which will revert the combat back to the old school 1997 turn-based menu system.
The normal gameplay mode when it comes to combat is more of a combination of turn based and real time gameplay, with a sort of pause button included. It’s kind of a mix of the old school mechanics and the real time fighting mechanics included in the last mainline release, Final Fantasy 15. While it’s always good to try new things, some players might prefer the old school turn based menu of the original, so the fact that they included a Classic Mode is a really generous move by the developers.
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The official Twitter of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake specified that Classic Mode doesn’t get rid of the ATB gauge, which is a major factor in the real time combat system, it simply handles it automatically so the player doesn’t have to worry about it. Either way, it’ll do a pretty good job of recreating the atmosphere and combat system we know and love from 1997.
The addition of this Classic Mode makes one thing very clear; the devs really do care about the fans, and moreover, the legacy that they are building on. Quite frankly, the devs didn’t have to do this, and people wouldn’t have really had that much of a right to complain. It is a remake, not remaster, after all. But they are clearly putting in the effort to meet fan expectations, as well as stay true to the original content that captured the hearts of so many. It’s a good thing to know that, for once, game developers are actually interested in creating something for the community to enjoy without reservation, and that will no doubt make the Final Fantasy 7 Remake an even bigger success when it releases on March 3 of 2020.