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Final Fantasy 7 is reimagined as a side-scrolling beat 'em up in this fan-made game

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Square Enix is plugging away at its own remake of Final Fantasy 7 for PlayStation 4, but a group of fans is working on a slightly different take on that classic role-playing game. Final Fantasy 7 Re-imagined, a fan-created demo playable in Unity, transforms the turn-based JRPG into a side-scrolling beat 'em up starring Cloud and Tifa.

"We re-imagined how the game would be like if it's an action game," the project's official website reads. "Classic 2D Side-scrollers, such as Dragons and Dungeons: Chronicles of Mystara, Streets of Rage, etc, came to our minds. We thought about how we can incorporate some of the FFVII game play elements, such as Materia and summoning of Guardian Force into a Hack and Slash genre."

Final Fantasy 7 Re-imagined is currently just a one-level demo. Interested players can download a Windows PC executable from its official website.

Developer PD Design Studio, which released another side-scrolling brawler called Dusty Revenge on Steam last year, said the project is "a non-profit fan made project, done purely for fun." It's unlikely that publisher Square Enix will pay heed to that disclaimer; the company is notoriously quick to send out cease-and-desist letters to fan-developed projects like this. The company recently shut down a fan translation of Dragon Quest 7 for Nintendo 3DS and has quashed numerous fan-made video games based on its properties.

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