This ‘Final Fantasy 7’ Graphics Mod Makes The Art 4x As Detailed
While Square Enix is hard at work on the the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, there's no reason you can't play a prettier version of the classic RPG already. The Final Fantasy 7 Remako HD mod overhauls the game to look better than it ever has before.
Modder CaptRobau's Remako mod prettifies battle textures, world textures, and even takes a pixel paintbrush to cutscenes. Though, where you may notice the most improvement is the static pre-rendered backgrounds. These were always where the original game shined, and now they're even more finely polished, as you can see in the trailer below:
The improvements haven't been made by hand, instead the CaptRobau has used a program called AI Gigipixel to have an AI to go through each art asset of the game and intelligently upscale the original file to look better at higher resolutions. The AI detects the intended design of the low-resolution art files and fills in that detail when it blows the image up to a higher resolution.
This wasn't an easy process, writing in the post announcing that Remako had hit 1.0 CaptRobau writes "The Steam version of FF7 might have had Full Motions Videos (FMVs) with a resolution of 1280x896, in reality, these were actually 320x224 videos blown up to a larger resolution. So I had to go through all of the game's 100+ FMVs, scale them down to their actual size before upscaling them again with my AI-powered upscaling tool. Now they actually have a HD resolution of 1280x896."
According to CaptRobau, Final Fantasy 7 now runs at 4x the resolution of the original.
Featured Image Credit: Square Enix