Final Fantasy 7 remake celebrates the anniversary of the original release by recreating an iconic piece of artwork

Final Fantasy 7 remake
(Image credit: Square Enix)

To mark the 22nd anniversary of Final Fantasy 7's release in North America, Square Enix have recreated one of the most iconic pieces of artwork with the updated look from the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake

The classic image shows Cloud with his trusty Buster sword at his back as he looks up at the Shinra building, and it's one of the most recognisable key art pieces from the original release. Many will also recognise it since it served as the box art on the original PS1 cases in North America. 

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Square Enix revealed the image on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake's official Twitter account, and it firmly plants us back on the hype train for its upcoming release, which is due to launch exclusively on PS4 on March 3, 2020. One of the biggest concerns amongst fans is how closely the remake will resemble the original.

After more trailers were revealed, lots of folks have been busy comparing the updated take on the character's designs and iconic locations with the classic 1997 release. Seeing such a classic image reimagined is a great way to add to the excitement of reliving the magic of Final Fantasy 7 in all its modern glory, especially since it's practically a mirror image of the one we know so well from the PS1 version. 

(Image credit: Square Enix)

The Final Fantasy 7 remake is due to be released in an episodic format, with the first one set to cover Midgar. Back in June during E3 2019, we finally got to see more of the remake, including our first glimpse of Tifa and a good look at the combat system. 

Some of the earliest artwork for the remake showed Cloud near the Shinra building, but it wasn't quite the same. If nothing else, the recreated image took me on a very welcome nostalgia trip, and it gets me even more excited to reunite with Cloud and the gang all over again next year. 

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Heather Wald
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