Final Fantasy VII Remake gets virtual reality mod
VR modder Luke Ross brings the next popular video game to virtual reality. This time, fans of the Final Fantasy series can rejoice.
In 1997, Square Enix brought Final Fantasy to the third dimension for the first time. The 3D graphics of Final Fantasy VII on the first PlayStation have aged poorly, but the game remained one of the most popular spin-offs of the series for many years.
This unwavering popularity led developer studio Square Enix to announce a three-part remake in 2015. Part one, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, was released in spring 2020, and the sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is scheduled for release on PC and PlayStation 5 next winter. You can sweeten the wait now with a VR mod for the first part.
Luke Ross releases VR mod for Final Fantasy VII Remake
For fans of VR modder Luke Ross, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now playable in virtual reality. However, Ross himself warns that the mod is the ultimate VR sickness test and could hit you pretty hard.
"The camera movements are so wild, even I am left breathless every now and then," Ross writes on his Patreon blog. His VR mod for Elden Ring, he says, is more leisurely in comparison. So you need a strong stomach to enjoy this VR mod without motion sickness.
Publisher threatens VR modder with lawsuit
On his Patreon channel, Ross currently has over 2,000 supporters who pay $10 per month to get access to his latest VR mods. In an interview with MIXED, Ross reveals that he makes a good income thanks to his mods. However, that wouldn't be much money for a major game maker.
However, one of those publishers, Take Two, doesn't want Ross to make money from its games. In July, Take Two's lawyers threatened an ultimatum and sent Ross a cease-and-desist letter. The reason: alleged copyright infringements. Among other things, the VR modder brought GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 to virtual reality, two of the biggest game hits from Take Two's portfolio.
Ross seeks talks with Take Two
To counteract the threat of his Patreon account being suspended and his revenue stream drying up, Ross took the VR mods in question offline.
However, according to his latest blog post, the modder is trying to find a solution that makes sense for both sides. A return of the VR mods for GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mafia Definitive Edition seems unlikely despite all efforts.
Ross writes, "I'm still trying to open a communication channel with them in order to negotiate an agreement, although I have to say that they really can't seem to be bothered to reach a solution that doesn't leave their own customers hanging out to dry."
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