Fans have pleaded for as long as we can rememebr for the return of Cloud, not in another spin-off, prequel, sequel or CGI movie based on Midgar adventure, but of a remake of the classic which sparked his iconic fame.
Though the 15th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII passed this January which would have been the perfect time for the announcement of such a project, we can still hold on to hope of the potential teases coming from Square Enix’s recent job listings.
Those in attendance at the show this week were treated with the steady unveiling of potential next-generation rendering techniques. Epic’s Unreal Engine “Samaritan” demo took the helm earlier this year and at GDC Unreal Engine 4 was shown off to journalists, and Star Wars 1313 tempting those with the taste of the future last week. Following that came many pondering the final release platform of the gorgeous Watch Dogs demonstration with Square Enix themselves unveiling a rather stunning scene rendered on the fly through their currently in-development next generation engine.
As the Agni’s Philosophy video made rounds on the internet, its own website may have tipped us off to just what the engine could be used for in the future. Floating along the bottom of the video’s official spot is a recruitment banner for potential employees to work on the engine and its forthcoming projects with a bold image of Final Fantasy VII protagonist, Cloud Strife, sitting on the end followed by more covert images on the following recruitment page.
The engine’s demo explains and demonstrates how the technology is able to render gameplay scenes with the same visual quality of those of pre-rendered cutscenes. With Final Fantasy VII causing enough commotion to warrent a feature length CGI film based on the story back in 2005, this new engine’s capabilities seem like the perfect excuse to bring Cloud and his crew into the visual level of his last big adventure.
Of course, this is only rumour and speculation. While the company could just be using his face as a marketing tool to capitalize on his recognisable image, we can never be too sure whether the company’s constant denials of the project are merely just stalling efforts for a greater announcement further down the line.