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Final Fantasy 7 remake's gameplay trailer brings high-def nostalgia

The return draws closer. Square Enix may dish more about Cloud and company next month.

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Square Enix has been talking about the Final Fantasy 7 remake for what feels like decades. 

During Sony's State of Play presentation on Thursday, a trailer finally offered another glimpse at the long-in-development title.

The trailer, embedded below, is only a very fleeting glimpse of what's to come. The gameplay is looking mighty slick. Cloud's hair is looking incredibly full of hairspray. And that's really all we know right now.

As sister site GameSpot points out, it appears that most of the trailer revolves around the first bombing mission but in glorious high definition and without the blocky bodies of the original. There's a brief encounter with the Guard Scorpion -- the game's first boss -- and fleeting images of Aeris/Aerith handing Cloud a flower.

"It was quite short, but hopefully you enjoyed seeing Cloud and Aerith brought back to life with such realistic graphics. And oh my god! Did you notice he was there too...?" producer Yoshinori Kitase said Thursday in a blog post, alluding to stylish villain Sephiroth's brief appearance.

The Final Fantasy 7 remake was first announced at E3 2015, but Square Enix have been relatively hush about it since. There's still no word on whether this new version will include the famous bath scene. We didn't see it at E3 last year, to our dismay. But it looks like Square Enix will give us a little more in 2019.

"Most of the plans are already in place in the run-up to launch, so please bear with us a little longer until we can release more information next month," director Tetsuya Nomura said in a note tweeted by the official Final Fantasy account.

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He's presumably referring to the publisher's E3 press conference, which is scheduled for June 10 at 6 p.m. PT, since Sony is skipping the show this year.

Sony also announced a remake of the cult classic MediEvil along with a handful of other games. You can read all about it at GameSpot.

For everything you need to know about one of Square Enix's most anticipated titles, head to CNET's handy guide.

Originally published May 9 at 3:35 p.m PT
Update, May 10 at 4:21 a.m.: Adds Kitase and Nomura notes, E3 speculation.