Final Fantasy VII will soon be a 2D side-scroller

PD Design Studios is releasing a side-scrolling, beat 'em up called Final Fantasy VII: Re-Imagined.

Have you ever wanted to play a Final Fantasy game, but decided against it because you don't like turn-by-turn combat? You may have your chance sooner than you think.

PD Design Studios released a gameplay video for an unofficial Final Fantasy VII remake entitled Final Fantasy VII: Re-Imagined. 

The game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up that allows you to play as either Tifa or Cloud with Barret occasionally sweeping in with some extra firepower. You can play by yourself or a friend via local co-op.

The game is non-profit, fan-made project. However, with the recent announcement of Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake, there is a high chance Square Enix will not allow PD Design to continue with the project.

In fact, some fans of the series are already criticizing the developers for releasing the announcement before the game itself. One YouTuber expressed her disappointment:

"I'm really curious, WHY did you guys/gals announce this? You very well know you are going to get shutdown by Square Enix. This will never get released. Why not finish it, then make a release trailer? By then it's already out on the net and quite hard for Square Enix to stop it."- Doom Gal 

There is more information and, if you wish to check out the game yourself, a one-level playable demo on the game's website.


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Published Aug. 14th 2015
  • Elijah Beahm
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    There's high demand for a Final Fantasy 2D beat'em up? How do the other elements of FF7 come together in this? Details. Facts. Need more!
  • Samantha Wright
    I don't believe the demand for a Final Fantasy VII beat 'em up was very high, but a lot of people who commented on the video seem rather thrilled with the idea.
    Since the game is fan made and non-profit, I can only assume the developers wanted to do their own thing anyways; it wouldn't matter if the demand for a FF7 beat 'em up was high or not.

    All the information released about the game so far is available on the game's website, linked above. If that isn't enough, you're just going to have to wait until the full game is released. Assuming the full game is released at least.

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