Playable Final Fantasy VII opening built with Unreal Development Kit

Monday, 5 December 2011 00:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A clever would-be developer has built a playable demo envisioning a Final Fantasy VII built on the Unreal Engine.

According to the project’s website, the demo is supposed to showcase real-time 3D environments and free camera control, and as such, doesn’t feature true cinematics, battle, or interaction.

A video of it in action includes a nice little nod to one of the many persistant rumours of secrets which dogged the game for years; that players who spent long enough in the very first area of the game would have an encounter with Zack. Pity it’s not long enough to pack in a few other treasured myths, like Aeris’s resurrection.

Square Enix has been cagey on the subject of an official remake of the 1997 RPG, citing the game’s complicated environments as incompatible with current generation graphics development.

You can grab a copy of the demo for Windows here. Have a good look before Square shots it down. Thanks, Miladesn.