Final Fantasy VII now available on Microsoft, Nintendo consoles

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The game is now available for purchase on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch systems. This follows the release of Final Fantasy IX in February

In FINAL FANTASY VII, the world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra™ Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet’s life force as Mako energy. Players will follow the story of the powerful ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary, Cloud, in an attempt to save the world from destruction, alongside the anti-Shinra resistance group Avalanche. Using innovative character customization options to create fun and interesting combinations of their favorite party members, players can fight to save the planet and discover the truth about Cloud’s mysterious past.

Although this is not the kind of Final Fantasy VII news most of us are hoping for, the announcement came with some news about enhancements added to the most recent launch of the game:

  • 3x speed mode
  • Players have the ability to turn off random enemy encounters, allowing for an uninterrupted play-through of the storyline. 
  • A “Max Stats” command has been added that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye. 

Square Enix said in the press release that while enemy encounters are turned off, players “can still enjoy the story event battles,” but it’s not entirely clear if this means that players can also skip the event battles all together. The mix of turning off enemy encounters and maxing stats on command is an interesting way to allow players to get the story without a grind if you’re not into all that comes with playing a JRPG.

Final Fantasy VII is available for digital download at $15.99 on the Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and $11.99 on Windows PC via Steam. 

Do you think we’ll get any more news on the Final Fantasy VII remake at E3 this year? Any chance we’ll get an announcement that the game is now a timed release, with the title releasing a little later on Nintendo and Microsoft consoles? Perhaps exacerbating the already noticeable absence of a PlayStation press conference? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @katy__kakes!