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Final Fantasy VII returning to PC with microtransactions?

A website listing owned by Square Enix was spotted on the web today that seems to indicate that they will be re-releasing Final Fantasy VII on the PC, but with a catch. Believe it or not, it sounds like they're planning to build in microtransactions.

According to a Google Cache (opens in new tab) link sent to Joystiq (opens in new tab) and confirmed through Who-Is (opens in new tab), Square Enix registered a website called FinalFantasyVIIPC.com with lots of information about the classic title's reincarnation. Among the juiciest bits is a little note that suggests that players will be able to use a "character booster" to increase their HP, MP, XP, or to attain items "all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure." Which, of course, sounds quite a bit like microtransactions.

We're still skeptical that this is a 100% true story, and not an elaborate troll. The website is registered to Square Enix as well as a Japanese domain trademark firm though. We're just baffled as to why Square Enix would fundamentally alter the gameplay of its most cherished classic in order to turn it into a FF7 sight-seeing tour.

We don't yet have a confirmation from Square Enix, but we'll update this story if we get word about the validity of this horrifying, horrifying story.

Andrew is a freelance video game journalist, writing for sites like Wired and GamesRadar. Andrew has also written a book called EMPIRES OF EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online.