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Final Fantasy VII started on the SNES

August 9th, 2011 by Tony Garsow

Final Fantasy super producer Yoshinori Kitase is interviewed in this week’s Dengeki PlayStation, and one of the topics discussed was the original plans for Final Fantasy VII. Apparently the game was originally slated for the Super Famicom (SNES), but since Squaresoft’s production department needed to finish Chrono Trigger, development shifted to the PlayStation. The following images are not from this week’s Dengeki, but old scans from an older publication (and I stress old) which featured screenshots of the prototype Final Fantasy VII. You can view them below:

As a prototype, it’s apparent that a lot of assets were used from previous games (as the FFXIII prototype used FFX-2 assets) and it looks like somewhat of a hybrid of Final Fantasy V and VI. What you see below was likely scrapped as the developers were working with a brand new system.

Update:
According to commenter KOKO, the following screenshots are speculative mock-ups created by a publication, and are not actual prototype screenshots! Since I can not verify if they are I’ll just put up this disclaimer. :)

■ Image Credits: Warmech’s Domain

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  • gmoyajp

    yeah i remember seeing something on gamepro during FFVII release in NA about VII was gonna be a SNES game not ps1 untel then ps1 came in and plans change.

    anyways glad to see finally some screen shot on SNES. i think it should had been a SNES game instead.

  • The_Badass

    Hi-res 2D graphics > Blocky 3D graphics.

    They should have left it on the SNES.

  • Jagd

    Holy Crap! They literally ripped FFV sprites with FFVI’s monsters and backgrounds. lol

  • AntagonistGB

    @Jagd If you actually read the text above the images, you’d know that they were placeholders since the project was scrapped before any custom work was done.

    Also, this probably would have been a FAR superior game to the confusing, stupid mess that was Final Fantasy VII.

  • Juggernaut6

    I thought they were going to make it for N64 but then they decided to put it on Playstation.

  • KOKO

    These ARE NOT prototype pics but Speculative what if mockups done by the magazine themselves. They’ve done them for the famicon version of FF4 and I remember a speculative famitsu article on the future of FF after 7 with mock FF7 screens feature a parachuting mini game etc.

  • steven

    apparently there was a version out for the Snes but only in china and japan as i recall, the game never made the standards of their desires and was pulled of the racks.
    with sony releasing the playstation it was just certain they would pick sony over nintendo, imo N64 was a bit off a flop, polygon effects on playstation where alot more up to date.

    u can find a translated snes rom over the net, but for copyright reasons i will not provide the link

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