Square Enix dropped some new trivia about the world of Final Fantasy VII Remake on April 18, 2022. As with previous entries, the material was released via the official Twitter account and consisted of minor details and concept art from the game’s development. But where previous releases detailed iconic enemies like the Scorpion Sentinel or Dirge of Cerberus alum Weiss, this tidbit concerned one of Midgar’s humblest objects. That object is a “Mako Cylinder” (or Mako Tank), a key item in the FFVII Remake system of Mako supply.
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Whereas the original Final Fantasy VII didn’t elaborate much on exactly what Mako energy is or how the Shinra Electric Power Company extracts it from the planet, FFVII Remake goes a bit deeper into Mako supply details. Mako cylinders are one common method for getting Mako to where in Midgar it is needed. Mako cylinders are common in areas where a direct connection to Midgar’s Mako reactor grid is unavailable. Thus they’re seen in areas like the slums underneath Midgar’s plates, or on the outskirts of the city itself.
Given that Mako appears to be extracted in liquid form, FFVII Remake shows Mako cylinders taking after real-world natural gas tanks. In real life these store gasses like propane in liquid form under pressure. The Mako cylinders, though, appear to have an extra window or indicator on their structure, that shows a green glow to indicate the level of Mako left in the cylinder. To access the stored Mako, customers can use a hose to channel it into a building’s power systems.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on PS4, PC, and PS5.