While most were busy celebrating our planet’s latest revolution around the sun with merriment and mirth, an unknown leaker was busy uploading footage of the rumored Final Fantasy VII Remake demo to YouTube.
Late last month, PlayStation Network data miner site Gamstat picked up on what appeared to be files linked to a PlayStation Store listing for a Final Fantasy VII demo. With art assets and a download file size, this looked like the real deal.
We awake this morning to find that the demo is nothing short of a certainty, barring some extremely unlikely and elaborate ploy courtesy of enterprising trolls.
YouTube channel LM V2 uploaded two videos on New Year’s Eve, one dubbed ‘Part 1’ and the other ‘Part 3’, which suggest a further video may pop up before long.
From the footage, it seems the YouTube channel or an unknown third party was able to hack their way into the unpublished PlayStation Store listing and appropriate the game files. The videos appear to show a walk through of the demo, or at least part of it.
Interestingly, the footage appears to pick up from a video leaked earlier yesterday, showcasing the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo’s title screen and menus alongside the introductory cinematic, which suggests we are dealing with the genuine article.
We see Cloud strutting his stuff and slicing his way through in security officers and guard dogs alongside appearances from Barret, Jessie, Wedge, and Biggs.
The second video shows a boss fight against a Scorpion Sentinel before Cloud and Barret continue on their merry way. We also catch a segment where the player takes control of Barret.
Now comes the waiting game. With the Final Fantasy VII demo on the PlayStation Store servers and in a playable state, it’s only a matter of time before Square Enix announces the demo publicly.
As for when that might be; Final Fantasy VII Remake releases on March 3, 2020, giving us just north of three months for the demo to officially drop.