PlayStation 5’s Scheduled Launch Probes Future of Episodic Releases of Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Today, Sony PlayStation released an important blog post announcing PlayStation 5’s console launch. They confirmed that the next-generation console will release in the holiday season of 2020. Also, they revealed additional new features for the upcoming console apart from its 8K gaming support, backward compatibility with PS4, lower power consumption option, and ultra-fast SSD.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 8, 2019
With PlayStation 5’s console launch schedule announced, concern is raised on the future of upcoming installments of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix already made a press release that the game will be made in separate parts. So, the question is if the remake’s next releases will go cross-gen, or will they become exclusive to the PlayStation 5?
PlayStation 5’s New and Unique Features
In addition to the previously released details about PlayStation 5, the blog mentions that next-generation console will introduce two key innovations specific to controllers. These are the “Haptic Feedback” and “Adaptive Triggers”.
The Haptic Feedback will be replacing the previous rumble technology found in controllers. The haptics will make players experience a different range of feedback in their controllers. For example, if Cloud’s party is running through the Mako Reactor pipelines, the player will get the sense of textures related to that environment such the rubbing of steel. Then, the feedback would be different when the player is under the sewers, plodding through muddy waters.
The second innovation, Adaptive Triggers, involves the L2 and R2 trigger buttons. This innovation provides developers the ability to set variable resistance to the trigger pull. Currently, Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s revealed game controls for the L2 Button is only meant for issuing commands to allies.
Wired also listed down other new features for the PlayStation 5. This includes “ray-tracing” for GPU hardware, USB Type-C connection, faster game installation and loading, configurable game installs, and user interface revamps.
Square Enix on Final Fantasy 7 Remake Going PS5 Exclusive
There is currently no official statement by Square Enix regarding the next installments of Final Fantasy 7 Remake going exclusively to the PlayStation 5.
However, a previous Game Informer interview with Square Enix’s president and CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, cited that the development team assigned to the remake, Business Division 1, aimed to make the game available on both the current and next generation consoles. The comment is not an official statement of Square Enix’s but gives additional information on their decision on whether to buy a PS4 version or wait for a PS5 version together with the upcoming PlayStation 5 console.
According Forbes’ Kevin Murnane, this games released early this year like Kingdom Hearts 3 suffered from technical disappointments when it came to graphical resolution and consistent frame rates. Since Kingdom Hearts 3 featured an even higher resolution and frame rate, neither the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro could not fully display the graphical experience the developers were striving for. Patches can be used to improve the graphic quality, but Square Enix will most likely forego those updates to help promote PlayStation 5.
Whether Final Fantasy 7 Remake should be played on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 depends on the kind of experience the player wants. If the players want to have better visual and sensational experiences with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, PlayStation 5 would be a better platform based on what Sony is offering. If others want to dive into the game’s story, characters, mechanics, and the nostalgic experience early, the PlayStation 4 is the go-to console. What’s more important is Square Enix’s pending official statement on the future of the next installments Final Fantasy 7 Remake, whenever that may come.