An in-depth "Making Of" for one of the most important games ever produced.
Final Fantasy is back in the limelight. Both Final Fantasy XIV and the recently released Final Fantasy XV are highly celebrated modern entries in Square Enix's historic franchise, and the world awaits any news of the PS4 Final Fantasy VII Remake with nervous excitement. It's hard to remember that back in 1997 cinematic storytelling in games was in its infancy, and few games have inspired so many legions of gamers as this one has. This was the game that popularized an entire genre in the West, bringing Japanese RPGs to the forefront of gaming culture. Its mark on the industry has proven indelible and ineffable.
Just in time for Final Fantasy VII's 20th anniversary, Polygon's Matt Leone has published a richly dense and astoundingly crafted feature on the making of one of gaming's great works. If you are a fan of the game, the franchise, or simply the bearer of a keen interest in game design and development, you owe it to yourself to dig in.