During a recent interview with Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura announced that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will have older materia taken out to make room for new ones. It would seem that the materia system can be added to the list of things receiving an overhaul for this remake. Of course, it’s a 22-year-old game, so duh?
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake was arguably one of the most impressive demonstrations showed off at this years E3 conference. With an expansive new gameplay trailer, along with a demo on the show floor, most fans left with high expectations for the upcoming remake. While there will surely be a ton of changes made to the title, Nomura stressed that he and the team are working to preserve as much as they can in order to retain the game’s original aesthetic.
The interview with Famitsu was Nomura’s first time touching on the materia system, where he emphasized that the “core philosophy” of the system would remain the same. This means it’s safe to assume that the game will still let us slot materia into our weapons and armor. However, since the game is getting an entirely new combat system, some of the materia options will change to work with this new structure.
In order to make room for new materia, some old ones won’t be making a reappearance. This means we could very easily see materia like “sense” or “deathblow” possibly not making a come back. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the materia replacing them would be things like Strength +10, or elemental spells automatically hitting whatever is close to where they strike (relinquishing the need for “All” materia). Nomura didn’t touch on the specifics but knowing how RPG’s have handled similar mechanics in the past surely points to how they’ll be molding these old systems for a newer, more modern experience. Nomura did confirm that whatever materia we slot in our character’s gear will be visible on their actual equipment in the game, like you can briefly see in the game’s E3 2019 demo.
Regardless of what materia is kept or removed, I’m sure we’ll hear some of the community bitch about it. The gaming population is reliable like that. As long as they keep things like Ultima, Knights of the Round, and Bahamut Zero most of the original fan base should remain pleased.