Square Enix has released a host of new artwork for Final Fantasy 7 Remake including new information on expanded locations and a brand new character. The images also give fans another look at Aerith’s combat potential as well as Shiva, the Queen of Ice summon.
The One-Winged Angel
First, a look at Sephiroth, Heidegger and President Shinra. Click on the images to view the pictures in high-quality:
Square Enix briefly touched on the new character Roche, whose a 3-C SOLDIER who loves bikes, speed and anyone who can give him a challenge.
New looks at Train Graveyard and Shinra Building in FF7 Remake
Detailed screenshots of the expanded Train Graveyard and Shinra building were also shown. The developers added more depth to these areas by including more story, dialogue, and character interaction.
From subtle lighting to polished, high-quality areas to explore, Square went all out for the Shinra building in Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Aerith enters the battlefield!
Next, Aerith has a few tricks up her sleeve to make her the most graceful and versatile partner on the battlefield. Pressing square initiates her ranged magic attack. Holding down the same button releases a succession of the same attack.
Pressing triangle will have Aerith do a move called Tempest. Holding triangle for a maximum charge will release a spell that explodes repeatedly after it hits an enemy.
The screenshots also reveal two unique abilities to Aerith – ‘Soul Drain’ and ‘Lustrous Sheld.’ The former lets Aerith absorb MP from an enemy while the latter summons a magical barrier that can block projectiles and damage foes who come into contact with it.
Ice, ice baby
Finally, we’re given a better look at the Ice Queen summon herself, Shiva. Fans of the original FFVII will notice her Remake design is quite similar to the 1997 version. She’ll fight automatically when summoned and can be given commands to use her abilities, just like the Ifrit summon. A new move called Heavenly Strike will drop a giant glacier on an enemy. Diamond Dust is the summon’s iconic magic attack and makes an icy return in FF7 Remake.
For all of the Tifa fans out there, enjoy this gorgeous artwork inspired by its original:
Final Fantasy VII Remake releases on PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.