Following E3, information about Final Fantasy 7 Remake has slowed dramatically but the official Square Enix Twitter account hasn't gone fully silent. This week, Square Enix released a new piece of concept art for Final Fantasy 7 Remake showcasing the team's early vision for Midgar Sector 1. The piece of concept art was released alongside a screenshot of a similar, if not identical, area of Midgar to show just how visually rich Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be.
The piece of Final Fantasy 7 Remake concept art shows a Midgar Sector 1 train depot. The train sits along the right side of the photo and a series of warehouses sit along the left. In the distance looms the Mako Reactor, the target of Cloud and the AVALANCHE eco-terrorists that he's aligned himself with. it's a stunning piece of art that should trigger nostalgia in any fan familiar with the original Final Fantasy 7.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake screenshot, in contrast, sacrifices little in visual fidelity despite being built entirely in 3D graphics. There are definitely differences between the screenshot and the concept art. Instead of a train and warehouses, the screenshot has steel industrial pipes and vents nearby. Cloud himself is also a new addition, which makes sense since this is a scene that players will experience for themselves.
The quality of the Mako Reactor shows just how impressive the visuals are in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The reactor is gigantic and lined with glowing lights. Spotlights capture the main character on the front of the reactor and throw shadows across the rest of the tower. If the player were to talk from the train station in the concept art closer to the reactor, it's exactly what fans would expect to see.
The Sector 1 Mako Reactor plays a pivotal role in Final Fantasy 7's story so it's not surprising that Square Enix is choosing to make it a focus of its early marketing. Final Fantasy 7 Remake's story likely won't go much further beyond Midgar and the events tied to its Mako Reactors, so it makes sense that Square Enix would ensure the tower was visually impressive. But to see how well Square Enix adapted concept art to in-game visuals perhaps provides some insight into the quality fans should expect from the rest of the RPG.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake releases March 3, 2020, exclusively on PS4.