Final Fantasy VII Arrives On Steam With Character Builder And Cloud Saves

By Spencer . July 4, 2013 . 1:27am


Originally only available as a download from Square Enix’s online store, Final Fantasy VII for PC is now on Steam for $11.99. It’s the same re-optimized version of Final Fantasy VII with cloud saves and the character booster so you can level up characters with a mouse click. Final Fantasy VII also has 36 achievements to earn like Ruby Weapon for defeating the superboss.


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  • Xerain

    Saving FF7 is the best possible use of The Cloud.

    • TheExile285

      What you did there, I see it!

    • Wake

      What a time to be alive.

    • Lynx

      10/10. I laughed, fell off my chair, and laughed even more.

  • CirnoLakes


  • CirnoLakes

    BOUGHT. Downloading.

    An event like this could make a 4 year old girl curse like a Barret. You now have a mental image of Marlene cursing like Barret.

    I’ve been waiting so long for this. Literally as soon as it finishes downloading I am going to play this game again just to celebrate. Oh Japanese RPGs on the PC you are going places.

    Just take my money. Literally as soon as the first Steam sale hits where this goes on sale(maybe this Steam summer sale?) I am dropping a few hundred dollars on this game and giving away copies to anyone on Siliconera who wants one. I’m going to send a message loud and clear to Square Enix that this is a thing to do.

    • Seraph

      If I take you up on that offer I’d feel bad so I’ll probably give something in exchange.

    • NRool

      You are a generous soul.
      I plan on buying (and FINALLY completing) once I get some extra cash, I’m broke ATM

      • CirnoLakes


        I just think of it as promoting something I love. I enjoy Steam as a service and I enjoy Japanese RPGs, so I want to support something I love.

        The more publicity this gets, the more people will buy it. And the more people buy it, the more companies like Square Enix will consider putting their games on the PC and Steam. I’d love to reach a day where Square Enix was so impressed with the sales of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII on Steam, that they decide to port Final Fantasy IX to the PC as well. If I give away copies of a game to people through Steam, not only can I hopefully do something nice for someone else, I can hopefully help to realize my dreams of seeing more games I love on a platform I love, too. Spending a few hundred dollars on a game seems like a small thing to do in order to realize that dream.

        Oh, and I’m glad you plan on getting the game. Good luck with all that. I know being broke is never fun.

        • NRool

          I had it back in the day on the PS1 (admittedly my first FF Game, but I never got to finish it because my disc (third disc I think?) was stolen) and I got way too absorbed with Grandia back then too <3

          And I know whatchu mean, about promoting games, I got some friends some copies of Elite Beat Agents a couple years back, due to it being like £3 everywhere in the UK, Grandia and Magical Starsign are examples of where I've bought a few copies for friends too.

          So many great games are just so unappreciated, it's really quite saddening

        • DongT

          you speak the truth brother!(and/or sister)

    • Dan Soto

      Wow a couple of hundred bucks?!? You’re really hardcore. I hope I get one of those codes.

      • CirnoLakes

        Thanks, haha.

        I’m one of those people who care a whole heck of a lot about PC gaming and the Japanese games on the PC cause. Being on Steam will be a major boon to sales and exposure of the game on PC. The game right now at only $10 is already cheap, after a Steam sale, the game would only be cheaper. And, with a good sale, I could probably get over 100 copies for a few hundred dollars.

        It feels kind of like how Kickstarter does. When you love something, you want to support it. Also, when I take into account why I spend my money on the things I do. It seems like a reasonable thing. There are people in the world who will spend hundreds of dollars on server costs, just to share pirated versions of video games like roms. And yet, with Steam and Steam sales, I can do that sort of thing legally, legitimately, and support the people who make games. Again, when I think of what I have spent my money on for years and why, it all seems worth it. I don’t own technology for the very sake of it.

        Technology is a tool to help me accomplish what it is I enjoy in life. As it turns out, giving away games I love on Steam does just that.

        And yeah, I hope you get a copy of the game, too. Look forward to it. That is, if you don’t buy a copy yourself, which I recommend.

        • Dan Soto

          I know what you mean about supporting japanese games on pc (and jrpg style games). I gifted a few Half-Minute Hero games to my friends and family to support it and to show interest in the sequel. Also I just gave $15 for that Soul Saga kickstarter. Its just the $100 bucks that shocked me.

        • Romancer Ecclesia

          That’s really generous of you. Seldom see people with such a passion for Japanese games nowadays. Do you play VNs?

          • AdawgDaFAB

            Indeed, that is really kind of you. It’s pretty awesome to see such fervent fandom for PC jRPGs. :D

        • I wish I could give you a hug for all of this enthusiasm, lol

        • Jean Alcantara

          How awesome of you! Please drop me a code when the time comes! I donated $20 to the Skullgirls Indie Gogo Project and they gave me a bunch of stuff for it. Crowd Funding is a great way of supporting games and it shows in the quality work they crank out!

    • Z3

      Wow, I’d like some of that.

    • I’m so glad I don’t have a credit card. I feel like I would do exactly the same and give out copies of games like these for free. :D

    • Testsubject909

      To give you an idea of how old we are. Marlene should be of legal age by now considering when FF7 first released.

      • CirnoLakes

        Ouch. We are so old.
        And I played this game when it was first released, too. I was a young teenager, I think.

    • Göran Isacson

      Wow. I’d almost take you up on that offer, but I’m not sure I’d even get around to play the darn thing. My steam list of games is… well, let’s just say that I have low resistance to their sales and leave it at that.

    • Pfantzypantz

      I’m really excited for the future, really hoping SE sees how great the market is for their games on PC/ steam. Come on SE, give us the whole series plus your other JRPGs!

  • Just Tim

    Cue endless “OH MY GOD! THEY KILLED AERIS!!” “YOU BASTARD!” jokes. :P

    And yes, that’s how FFVII was summarized for me, before this, getting served on Steam.

    Since this is now on Steam, at least I have an incentive to learn the convoluted storyline.

    • Testsubject909

      I’m laughing at this picture mainly because of how incorrect it is.

      To start off: Blood? Hah.

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        Surprisingly the game has a lot of blood such as when all the people from Shinra are murdered by Sephiroth or the ending.

      • Just Tim

        The blood was an intentional shoutout to Kenny. :P

  • Not touching this until they release a patch that fixes the damn translation.

    • SlickRoach

      This guys are sick. They should at least polish it up a bit before release.

      • Chow

        So that’s how you fooled them.

      • CirnoLakes

        Y’all are in luck. I’ve just been playing the PC version today. And they completely fixed that translational error.

        Lucky for y’all, that is. Personally, I really missed the typo. It was iconic. I’d download a mod just to get that typo back I like it so much.

        • Radiosity

          It was actually fixed in the Euro release in the original Playstation version oh-so-many years ago :)

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While I’m not optimistic about the chances of a DRM-free version appearing, this news still makes it a bit more likely. If they were able to convince Square Enix to drop SecuROM, maybe they can be convinced to go all the way and make it entirely DRM-free…….MAYBE.

    Anyway, I hope you Steam customers will enjoy it.

    • ElAbuelo69

      They did drop securom

  • CirnoLakes

    All right, I’ve played the game for a couple hours. Which is why I haven’t been around.

    And, I’m a little disappointed that the game kept the Square Enix login thing. I guess this is to keep the cloud saves Square server side since they’ve already invested money in doing that. And so that saves between the Square Enix Store version and the Steam store version would be interchangeable. Still, that’s one more log in to do, which isn’t the most amazing thing. I like Steam’s cloud save service much better.

    That being said, this version is much, much better than the Square Enix Store version. It appears they’ve dropped the Securom junk that was with the game. Aside from the splash screen, this game is very fast and easy to install and play. Much faster and easier than the Square Store version.

    I’m not going to let this minor setback get me down. This has made me majorly happy and I’m still in celebration mode.

    • Margaret Chan

      So it uses the Square Enix login details? That’s a bummer. The reason I want to purchase it through steam is that my login has been 80% and not 100%. It’s really spotty being able to login and load.

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder if we’re going to see the PC version of FF8 on Steam if this continues… and, if I dare dream so much, converted versions of other good ol Square rpgs from the PSX days converted into PC versions? Super ultra unrealistic dreamer mode there, I know, but sometimes it’s nice to go into that mode.

    • CirnoLakes

      If it sells enough copies, I’m sure they’ll be tempted.

  • guin10

    I really recommend you to read this:

    Replacing midi sounds & tracks with high quality versions:

  • Ethan_Twain

    You know, I’ve never played FF VII. Despite the overabundance of JRPGs for me to play on other hardware (basically the 3DS) right now, I’ll probably look to pick this up in a Steam sale. It’s probably worth at least messing around with just because of the legacy factor, even if it doesn’t hold up. And more importantly, buying this game on Steam will be a vote for more Square-Enix JRPGs to show up on steam. FF VII I’m ambivalent toward, but FF VIII I actually want to play some day. And maybe FF XV. Hell, I would be pretty stoked about a FF X/X-2 HD port. Lots of potential products here. So even if FF VII itself doesn’t strike me as something likely to blow my mind, it’s a vote worth casting.

  • CirnoLakes

    Since this is a victory, I believe it is appropriate to play this right now.

    • Aoshi00

      Looking forward to hearing it in Lightning Returns :) We really need to have some Uematsu music in FFs again..

      Alrdy had both the US & Jpn ver back on PSX, and d/l both ver again on PSN as well, bought it like 4 times alrdy so I’m good.. I did prefer Barret’s #$%@ :)

  • Pure

    I bought the SquareEnix Store version a few months ago.
    At that time I wished it were on Steam but thought “nah never gonna happen”.
    Oh was I so wrong.
    I guess I’ll have to wait for an hypotethical sales or gift, still a good news though !

  • GuyAlpha

    Well, I guess there are no excuses now. I have to play it.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • Warboss Aohd

    dey iz probably gonna sell alot on Steam.

  • Junko Enoshima

    I might need to get this, as my disc 2 crapped out at the cutscene in Gaea’s Cliff…

  • Canceris

    If anyone has played the game from steam in the Spanish translation, please tell me if its been reworked or at least if they fixed the oh so many horribles typos.

    • Raharu95

      You can get the Spanish Translation on Steam¿ :o

      • Canceris

        Yes, it is listed on the Steams Store Page. But one can guess they are just reusing the first and terrible translation. I am researching if theres any change to it, maybe in the original pc port, but I dont know.

        • Raharu95

          AH! That’s great! I played FF7 when I was a little kid and payed little attention to the story, and thus I was not aware how bad the translation was until much later XP hopefully the translation has been fixed. Let’s cross our fingers.

  • Sardorim

    Great! I want to get this and may get it but it’s only because I have hope we’ll get a true FF7 sequel in the future following the events of DoC only with Cloud in the lead again with a modified FF7 fighting system.

  • ChiffonCake

    Oh, this is great! VII is not my favorite FF, but I still have fond memories of it, so maybe I’ll get it once the summer sale rolls around (if I still have money after getting Dark Souls, heh).

    Hopefully this means more classic Square titles ported to PC in the future?

  • Pfantzypantz

    Absolutely beautiful news. Is there any way to play it with japanese text?

  • J_Joestar

    “And Cloud Saves…” what? what does he save? Aeris? Sephiroth?

  • Rytan

    This actually makes me really happy. I didn’t discover RPGs until my last year of middle school when I ended up playing a demo of FF8 at either Target or Toys R Us. I asked for that game for my birthday, beat it, beat it again, and then started saving up to buy all the other FF games on the PS1 on the time. All except FF7. Why? Because by that time, all the copies of it were going for $70+ used even, and my mom refused to let me spend that much on a single game. it made me super sad. It was until years later that I finally got to play the game, shamefully through the use of emulators. But even thought it was super dated by that point, I still fell in love with its charm. Now flash forward to today. They finally release it on Steam. I’m going to buy this so hard once I get my next check in.

  • NimbusStev

    Seems they are still testing things to make sure it works with the Steam version, but check this out:

    Once again, modders doing what game developers should have done ages ago.

    • CirnoLakes

      Eh, I like some of the updated 2D textures.

      But a lot of those updates don’t impress me too terribly all that much. I prefer the old “chibi” style to a lot of those updated character models.

      And while transparency is nice. I’m not sure I like the new textboxes there all that much.

      I’d like a mod that allowed me to play as crossdressing Cloud throughout the entire game. Or better yet, Advent Cirno. Though I’m at least very happy that the modding community is doing such a good job of adapting to the new version of the game.

  • Ah, lovely. This will make my attempts to get PC-playing friends into JRPGs that much easier.

    Btw, did SquEnix tweak the translation at all for the digital PC edition of the game, or does it just use the same script as the original PC (or PlayStation) version? If they changed it, that might actually justify another purchase.

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