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Monday, March 20th, 2017
Posted by Reeve at 01:50 PM EST

An Announcement

I have some news: as of today, I am leaving the staff here at the Citadel. CloudANDTidus will take over news and hosting duties full-time, and there will be one Admin short on the Forums from now on as well. This site means a lot to me, but it is time for me to move on, mainly for some of the same reasons I posted when I shut down blueshinra.com back in February.

CloudANDTidus will keep you all posted on the server/hosting switchover, as well as other changes he has planned. In the meantime, if you'd like to keep in touch, my contact info, social media and gaming accounts, etc. are listed here.

Well, everyone... take care of yourselves!

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Posted by Reeve at 09:42 PM EST

Quick Little Site Update

In my role as site host, I was doing some server-side maintenance on the Citadel today and noticed that several years' worth of spam had accumulated on the theory submission page for The Yellow Orb.

That page has now been restored to the time when the last legitimate comments were probably made. From what I can tell, all of the comments made after that were spam, and I did not feel like sifting through hundreds of later posts to find any non-spammy ones. Also, to combat future spam (and therefore, future space-hogging backups made by the commenting system) I have decided to close the page to new comments altogether. Comments may open again sometime in the future, though I can't say when.

My maintenance work is ongoing at this time, so if you find anything else that seems off, please let me know immediately. Thank you!

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 11:32 AM EST

Remake high-res key visual

Just a small update today. I've uploaded a 1924x1080 version of the Final Fantasy VII Remake key visual that Square Enix unveiled at the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event in January.

It makes a good wallpaper.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 09:48 AM EST

Remake features action-based combat

Last month a couple of pictures of Final Fantasy VII Remake were released during Magic Monaco 2017 that showed off the game's combat system. In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu director Tetsuya Nomura clarified that the combat would be action based.

“Battles are not command-based, they’re action-based. Regarding cover actions, there are places where they can be done on the map, but they are not required. Because it’s seamless, I showed that there can be actions in response to various scenes."

The switch to a real-time combat system is one of the more controversial changes in the remake. It has yet to be seen how closely it will resemble Nomura's Kingdom Hearts franchise, or the recently released Final Fantasy XV, both of which feature similar styles of fighting. Nomura also noted that the Guard Scorpion battle would feature destructible portions of the map.

Source: Gematsu

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Posted by Reeve at 12:10 PM EST

FFVII Mobile Port Now on Android

A very quick bit of news: the mobile port of FFVII, which came out last summer for iOS, is now available for Android. The price for it is identical to the App Store's (US$15.99/£11.99 /€15.99), and it appears to be the exact same port, warts and all. Our webmaster did not like the iOS port very much, so caveat emptor.

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Friday, April 8th, 2016
Posted by Reeve at 12:42 PM EST

Length of FFVII Remake Installments Will Be "Full Scale"

Game Informer's May cover story is about Final Fantasy XV, but as it happens, there's some Final Fantasy VII Remake news in there as well. Referencing that issue, GameSpot reports that each episode of the Remake will be a full-length installment. The Final Fantasy XIII trilogy in particular is being looked to as a model for the Remake's structure.

According to Yoshinori Kitase, "It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series. In XIII, each instalment told the story from a different angle. It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory in a sense." And: "Whereas with Final Fantasy VII Remake, we already have a preexisting story, so it wouldn't really make sense if that isn't encompassed in a multi-part series... So if we're just looking at each of these parts, one part should be on par with the scale of one Final Fantasy XIII game."

What is still unknown at this time is how many parts the Remake will encompass, and how much new material—for example, quests that could tie into the Compilation's additions to the canon—will be present. Some fans have speculated that each of the original game's three disks will be an installment, but keep in mind that Disk Three is mostly just brief sidequests, the final battle, and the ending. As always, we'll keep you posted.

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