Sony’s latest promotional video for future PlayStation games (dubbed “State of Play”) concluded with a surprise peek at a long-awaited game: . In bad news, the Thursday trailer was clearly limited by publisher Square Enix’s intent to save a bigger reveal for “June,” possibly timed for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo.
But in good news, the project, announced nearly four years ago, finally looks like an honest-to-goodness video game. At last, we can begin guessing what its final version might possibly look and play like.
The most apparent thing from the trailer, embedded below, is an active battle system that looks largely similar to that found in and the wider Kingdom Hearts series. (We got a tease of this in a late-2015 trailer.) A low-angled camera sits behind whichever character is being controlled, and each fighter gets two immediate action buttons, along with a shortcut to a larger menu. (That menu wasn’t toggled in today’s one-minute video.)
Additionally, the high level of detail given to familiar characters like Cloud, Aerith, and Barrett seems to be maintained outside of cinematic, conversational sequences, as made evident by a few freeze-frame moments when the characters have a slight reduction in detail and increase in fuzziness. If this is indeed how the in-game, real-time rendering turns out, we’re in for one heck of a production, at least on a visual scale. But major characters like Sephiroth only get the briefest of teases, while others (particularly Tifa) do not appear to be visible.
No, there’s no release date yet attached to this game, which is still slated to be a PlayStation console exclusive whenever it comes out. And Square Enix has yet to clarify its plans for an “episodic” release schedule, as was originally teased in 2015.