Long before the PlayStation 3 launched, Sony teased a high definition remake demo for Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII JRPG in full 3D. It was only a demo, but boy did it get fans all psyched for the power of the system. The game was never remade, but that's okay, because a few fans have stepped in to deliver.
Using Unreal Engine (UDK 2011), the fans that make up Studio Paint managed to pull off a tech demo that gives Cloud and Tifa visual upgrades as well as spinning the game into a first-person perspective.
The project is nowhere near as advanced or detailed as Square Enix's PS3 demo was, but we can't really expect too much when the entire premise of the project is for its creators to learn how to design a video game as well as to pay homage to the JRPG.
Modeling was done with Maya, and for a fan project, it's pretty good. More spectacular is that you can download the demo here and give it a whirl. You will need a PC that either runs Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, a 2.0GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and at least an Nvidia GeForce 6600/ATI X700 or better graphics card. Sorry Mac fans!
Fans holding out for a real Final Fantasy VII remake should probably toss in the towel now, as a HD remake of the game is likely not in the works. In a recent interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase said that creating a remake for Final Fantasy VII would require three times the resources than it did back then, because of the sheer size of the game's towns and worlds. Bringing a 2D/3D world into full HD would be too time consuming.
When Sony first showed off the Final Fantasy VII PS3 demo, fans cracked wise that even if the game was in the works, it wouldn't come out until the PS4.
It's also rumored that Final Fantasy VII might be released on the Nintendo 3DS. If that ends up being true, wouldn't that be something? Then again, the rumor could just as easily be for Dragon Quest VIII.