Well, unfortunately, it seems as if the last chance for Square-Enix to announce a Final Fantasy VII remake for the PS3 has come and gone. They've unveiled everything behind closed doors in a private mega-theater at the Tokyo Game Show, and while we didn't get what we were hoping for, we did learn a whole lot.
First up is the surprise Kingdom Hearts announcement. While whispers of a new KH product permeated the Internet a few days before the show, we had no real details or confirmation on any such project. But Square-Enix showed off not one, not two, but three new titles that would expand on the popular series. They will be for the PSP, DS and mobile phones, and each will have their own different settings and timelines. The first (Kingdom Hearts Coded) is for mobile phones, the second (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) is for the DS, and the third (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep) is for the PSP. The latter is actually a prequel; back in the time of Sora when multiple keyblade heroes walked the earth.
Secondly, they displayed a big Final Fantasy XIII trailer (which we'll try to get our hands on ASAP for you), and while it didn't exactly show off anything too new, any multiplatform rumors should be put to rest. Upon completion, the words "For PlayStation 3 Only" appeared on the screen. The trailer did present more of the mysterious FF XIII world of Pulse, where large dinosaur-like creatures were spotted in a lush landscape, but no gameplay footage just yet. Lastly, Square-Enix provided glimpses of Final Fantasy XIII Versus - also exclusive to the PS3 and described as "fantasy based on reality" - Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PSP, and Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday for mobile phones.
Okay, so the big one isn't in here, but perhaps it was only a pipe dream after all. At the very least, Square-Enix did have a hefty show, so we should be thankful for that.
9/21/2007 Ben Dutka