Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-03-28 17:24 JST)
The popularity of mods in the PC version of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade shows no signs of slowing down 4 months after release.
The PC version of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade released on the Epic Games Store in December of last year adding new elements to Final Fantasy VII Remake such as a story starring the Wutai ninja Yuffie Kisaragi.
So far, we’ve seen a variety of mods that disable dynamic resolutions, reduce choppiness, and change characters’ outfits. But many of these outfit mods simply swap colors or make use of outfits already present in the game like the ones letting you play as Tifa and Aerith in dresses only visible during certain scenes.
But now that some time has passed since the game’s release, we’re seeing more sophisticated mods appear like the popular “Classic Original Tifa Outfit” mod. This mod takes a recreation of Tifa’s outfit from 1997’s original Final Fantasy VII and adds it to the remake.
Tifa’s outfit underwent some changes in the move to Final Fantasy VII Remake. More specifically, she was given an undershirt, leggings to go with her skirt, thigh high socks, additional belts, and gloves that cover her arms, amounting to less exposed skin overall.
Tetsuya Nomura, the game’s director, commented on the changes in 2019 saying, “there were instructions from the ethics department to restrain Tifa’s chest so that it wasn’t unnatural during intense action. From there, we added a fitted shirt under her simple tank top to give it a more athletic and sporty design (Famitsu).” They likely also took into account the risk of her outfit not being considered acceptable globally if too much was exposed. It’s a great design that looks modern while paying homage to the original.
On the other hand, there are no doubt several fans of the original outfit, which explains the excitement around using mods to bring it back. The Classic Original Tifa Outfit Mod does just that. A beta of the mod was released on March 1, and it has been at the top of the popular mods list (over the last 30 days) on Nexus Mods since. The mod mainly removes the undershirt, leggings, thigh high socks, and some extra belts. The tank top itself has also been modified.
And perhaps due to its popularity, the Classic Original Tifa Outfit Mod has been receiving numerous changes and additions, including jiggle physics and 4K textures.
A separate mod that simply removes the undershirt and thigh high socks has also been holding strong in the top 10 of the same popular mods list on Nexus Mods. It seems like a lot of players want to see a Tifa that’s closer to the original.
At any rate, players are looking to add content into the game, and as more time passes, the modding community behind Final Fantasy VII Intergrade on PC may continue to ripen into more sophisticated mods. However, these mods are not officially supported so user discretion is advised if you choose to use them. The PC version of Final Fantasy VII Intergrade is now available on the Epic Games Store.