Square Enix Gives Us the Rundown on Tifa's Fighting Style, Shinra's Mad Scientists

We're also introduced to a brand-new character who gives Cloud special side quests.

Square Enix recently posted some new information and gorgeous screenshots of Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the PlayStation Blog. The post there covers a wide range of topics, from Tifa's combat style to Shinra's deranged scientists and some brand-new side quests.


Players can chain Tifa's basic fist attacks with the "Square" button, and unleash special attacks like the Whirling Uppercut with "Triangle." Tifa's charged move, available once the ATB gauge is full, is True Strike, a powerful attack that hits the enemy directly in front of her.

Shinra and its Mako reactors get a brief overview, too. For those who don't already know, Hojo is the head scientist, known for his cruel disposition and biological experiments. His past successes include genetically modifying Shinra's Soldiers army, and now he's set his sights on the talking beast Red XIII.

Shinra's ultimate goal, however, is creating Materia from Mako, the planet's energy source, and maintaining its exclusive hold over Mako processing and distribution.

Aerith casts a spell in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

There's a short blurb about how Materia works, which is really just a good excuse to see Aerith again. And then we're introduced to a new character, Chadley.

Chadley is a young boy working as Hojo's assistant, which surely doesn't have any negative effects on his psyche. He tasks you with certain side quests called Battle Reports for research purposes; they're quests ranging from inflicting statuses on enemies or using a specific kind of Materia. It's an interesting twist, making Cloud help Shinra while at the same time fighting against the company.

More traditional side quests, called Mercenary Quests, are there as well, ranging from finding lost animals to dispatching monsters in a certain area. And in case we hadn't already realized it, Square Enix said every environment in FF7 has been completely reimagined and enhanced.

You can check out some of those environments here.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was delayed to April 10 and is still a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4. There's still no sign of that FF7 R demo rumored to be on the way, but you can at least see Cloud in his dress.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 7 Remake news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Feb. 20th 2020

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