Final Fantasy VII Remake demo out now on PS4, here’s what’s included

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Want to try out the newly re-imagined Final Fantasy VII remake? A demo is available on the PlayStation Store right now.

It almost seems like the promise of a thing that was never supposed to actually come to fruition is nearly upon us. Remember when they released an amazing technical demo of Final Fantasy VII to promote how good games on the PlayStation 3 could look? That was about 15 years ago now.

Despite that tease,  for years Square Enix consistently said they wouldn’t do a remake of that scope for Final Fantasy VII because not only would the resources be immense for what was a game they had already made, they would likely have to change how the game plays as well. Might as well invest that time and effort and money into a new entry in the series.

It makes sense, but at some point, that mindset obviously changed because now we are a mere five weeks away for the first episode in what is easily the biggest remake in scope even attempted. Keep in mind, we still don’t know how many episodes of the FFVII remake are planned, nor any sort of release schedule for these episodes. Maybe Square Enix doesn’t fully know themselves just yet.

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What we do know is that this first release is set entirely in the city of Midgar. Square also says this chapter “goes deeper into the events occurring in Midgar than the original Final Fantasy VII Remake,” suggesting all-new content and never-before-told stories will be present in the game.

Regardless, if you want to get an early taste of the completely re-imagined classic, you don’t have to wait five more weeks. A demo for the Final Fantasy VII remake popped up on the PlayStation 4 store early this morning. It seems like some have already finished it, so it is obviously not very long and progress will not carry over to the final game, but if you’ve been on the fence about the changes or curious to see what all the hype is about because you’ve never even played the original, it’s a good opportunity to check it out yourself.

According to Square Enix, the demo “allows players to experience first-hand the opening chapter from the game, and the events of the iconic Mako Reactor 1 bombing mission.” Additionally, anyone who downloads the demo before May 11 will receive an exclusive PlayStation 4 theme alongside the full game’s launch next month.

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Though I’m excited, I’m still super torn about whether playing the actual release or just waiting for the whole thing to be out is the better decision. If we had some sort of release schedule it would be a lot easier. Will the next episode be out in 2021 at least? We don’t even know. Though the fact that April’s release schedule got a lot lighter with the delay of certain big titles until the Fall certainly makes this way more tempting. The first part of the Final Fantasy VII remake releases on the PlayStation 4 on April 10.