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Final Fantasy VII PC will not have microtransactions

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A wave of groans followed the initial discovery of Square Enix's plans to rerelease Final Fantasy VII on the PC, but today those should be subsided a little bit. Square Enix confirmed to Kotaku today that the title will not use microtransactions despite earlier indications to the contrary.

The initial discovery of the re-release came with the realization that SE mentioned that players would be able to buff their characters or buy Phoenix Downs "with the click of a button." Many assumed (and justly so) that this indicated a plan to include microtransactions or a pay-to-win strategy for the game.

"No, the Character Booster will not cost real money to use," a Square Enix representative said to Kotaku. "We'll have final pricing info on the game to share soon, but we can confirm that there will be no microtransactions for the upcoming rerelease of Final Fantasy VII on PC." 

So while this does indicate that Square Enix will not be trying to squeeze extra pennies out of customers, there still remains the issue of fundamentally altering the balance of a classic game. We don't know the specific details yet, but it still sounds like they're turning this into a Final Fantasy VII sight-seeing tour. We're not sure how we feel about that.

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7 comments

  • cindy-schiebler - July 10, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    I actually really like the idea of buffing up characters with the click of a button. It's perfect for those who have already played the game. It has been a while since I've played through FF7 and one of the things keeping me from doing so is the grind of it! I've already got the Gold chocobo, beat ruby weapon, got the master materia, and all that fun stuff, I just want to enjoy the story again.
  • Craxi - July 10, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    Either way SE. Your fans want FFVII HD not all these side games and re-releases.
  • LordZarlon - July 9, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    I still want to know the answer to one question? WHY IS THIS RELEASE EVEN HAPPENING! While I know that there was a version of FFVII released on the PC back in the day, published by Eidos by the way, it is not historically known as a PC game. I'm a PC gamer and I'm glad we're getting a version but, why isn't this being released on XBOX Arcade, Sony's online service and virtual console. This is like going to BlizzCon and setting up a booth and announcing a new Shinning Force game. Nobody there cares.
  • larkan - July 9, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    The main thing is that they said it wouldn't cost REAL money....which means they could have their own form of currency you have to buy with real money, like Riot Points.
  • Rascanuvols - July 9, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    But who would want to buff their characters? This game is ridiculously easy.
  • Maverik770 - July 9, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    I KNEW this game was NOT going to have Microtransactions and that everyone was just jumping to conclusions. I'm happy to see my suspicions confirmed. Although I'm still upset that Gamesradar is the ONLY website I saw any mention of this supposed microtransaction rumor in the first place. I really question how much that was an actual rumor. I think that was just a speculation made by the GR staff member who originally posted this story on their site. I saw the same news about FF7 re-releasing on the PC on about 4 different websites and GamesRadar was the ONLY site who mentioned anything about possible microtransactions. I think this rumor was started and now stopped by Gamesradar. Makes me wonder if yall enjoy drumming up controvery on your articles or something. No offense, I love GR and your articles but why weren't any other websites talking about possible microtransactions on their article about this re-release of FF7 for PC? I think a big rumor like that would have been mentioned on almost all news posts about this re-release and yet no one mentioend it all except GR. Odd...
  • Cyberninja - July 9, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Well other websites had that rumor, for a while now so it wasn't just GR.

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