The Final Fantasy 7 remake will have a modern combat system, but Square Enix has no idea what form it will take - yet.
Final Fantasy 7 remake director Tetsuya Nomura has been charmingly open about the fact that no, he's not just going to reproduce the old ATB combat system, and that he didn't have a solid plan in place yet.
In the months since, things have come together a little. In this week's Famitsu, colleague and project producer Yoshinori Kitase said the team is starting to get a lock on how the game will look but is still playing around with combat prototypes.
“We’re starting to see the visual direction. On the other hand, we’re currently working out the battle system and such through trial-and-error," he said, according to Gematsu's translation.
“Since there’s a possibility that the command battle system of the old days might not work today, we’re thinking hard about what kind of direction we can take it."
Kitase almost makes it sound like there's some chance of the traditional battle system coming back, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. On the other hand, Nomura has promised it will be recognisably Final Fantasy 7.
The Final Fantasy 7 remake has not been dated, and we're not holding our breaths.