More details about the highly anticipated “Final Fantasy VII Remake” have been revealed, thanks to one of the men behind the remake of the 1997 classic, Tetsuya Nomura.

In an interview with Famitsu, the game director discussed one of the most important aspects of the “FFVII” gameplay, particularly when it comes to battle: Materia. Screen Rant reported that Nomura discussed some of the changes when it comes to this crucial element.


For those who don’t know, Materia are powerful items that are placed in weapon or armor slots. These are very useful items that give characters the ability to cast offensive spells like “thundaga,” defensive spells like “cure,” and call forth devastating summons like the powerful Knights of the Round.

The “Final Fantasy VII Remake” presentation during E3 revealed a lot of detail with regards to how beloved characters Cloud, Barret, Aerith and Tifa looked and moved in the game; the place known as Midgar; the game’s new battle system; and how the new “tactical” mode works to give old and new players an RPG experience they’ll talk about for a long time.

Despite the detail that was revealed in the E3 presentation, however, there’s one big thing that remains a mystery today: Materia.

Updates with Materia

Previous reports said some Materia, once equipped, can be seen in characters’ weapons and armors like that of Tifa’s gloves. Aside from that, nothing is mentioned about it until Nomura said something about it.

Nomura told Famitsu that the Materia system will be retained, and will be similar to how it worked in the PlayStation classic. Players will still be able equip or unequip Materia, placing them onto slots in weapons and armor. One major change about Materia, however, goes in line with the new battle system.

“This time, the battle system has been renewed, so new materia will appear and some materia will disappear,” Nomura said.

This simply means that some of the Materia in the original game won’t be there in the “Remake.” The “Remake” will also see new Materia. Fans can expect that some of the not-so-useful Materia from the original will be removed, as well as those that weren’t very popular.

Nomura didn’t mention if the developers will add or remove some summon Materia. As of now, Cactuar and Carbuncle are confirmed. Fan favorites like the aforementioned Knights of the Round, Shiva and Ifrit aren’t revealed yet.

Final Fantasy 7 cast
The beloved cast of "Final Fantasy 7" get their much deserved refresh in "Final Fantasy VII Remake."