Final Fantasy VII (2012)

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This page is for the 2012 re-release. For the original 1998 version, see Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII cover
Square Enix
Windows DotEmu
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2012
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG, RPG
Sports Snowboarding or skiing
Vehicles Flight, Motorcycle
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Cyberpunk, Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
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Key points

This is a re-release of the 1998 PC port of the PlayStation version updated with compatibility for modern operating systems along with additional new features.[1]
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS, 15 FPS during combat and FMVs. 60FPS BATTLES mostly alleviates the combat situation.[2][3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Qhimm Final Fantasy Mod Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 8 DRM.
Requires a Square Enix account.
Publisher website
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Requires online activation
Requires a Square Enix account.
Windows (unavailable)
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Since 2013 no longer comes with 3x install limit SecuROM DRM that the releases in 2012 had. Contact Square Enix for a replacement if you got the 2012 non-Steam version.[4][5][6]

Essential improvements

The Reunion

The Reunion - New Site

The Reunion is a fan-made mod pack with a host of tweaks and fixes. It is incompatible with the other popular frontend (7th Heaven).
The Reunion is not compatible with Steam achievements, cloud saves and the trainer. However, The Reunion can be disabled using "Disable_The_Reunion = y" in its Options files, so the player can switch between "Steam mode" and "Reunion mode".

To install The Reunion, follow the instructions in the thread. The setup will make a new folder called "The_Reunion". You can customize the installer to use official names by choosing yes to "incorrect" names (e.g. Marlene, Phoenix Down) or literal translated versions (Marin, Phoenix Tail). Saves will now be stored in the "save" folder in the root directory. After installing, only very basic functionalities are enabled. Features such as model overhaul, transparent textboxes, etc, need to be changed from "n" to "y" in the Options file. For smooth 60 FPS battles, make it "_60fps_Battles = 2".

Note that "MENU OVERHAUL", which is no longer supported in newer versions of The Reunion, does not apply to this version of the game and has never worked on it. Instead, Steam users have "MENU ENHANCEMENT".

A comparison between the original (left) and Reunion (right). Visible mods include centered and upscaled backgrounds, transparent textboxes, realistic models, and a more faithful script. For example, Jessie appears less confused and more vigilant in Beacause.

The Reunion offers these main features, and more:

  • BEACAUSE: In-game text translation fixes.
  • MENU ENHANCEMENT: Updates menus to look neater
  • AUDIO REPLACEMENT: A complete replacement for the original sound module. All known bugs with the original sound module have been resolved.
  • WEAPON: Adjusts various aspects of the game's difficulty to be smoother.
  • MODEL OVERHAUL: Improves in-game character models.
  • 60FPS BATTLES: Corrects the battle frame rate of the PC versions to be 60
  • SOLDIER QUEST: 99 1:35 Soldiers will be hidden throughout the world as collectables.
  • MEMORY PATCHES: Various memory patches, such as cheats et al..
Reunion also adds a speedup function (2x/4x/8x) by pressing select and square, which can make grinding less tedious.
If you want to make most of your pixel space in windowed mode, if you are using 1920x1080 resolution, you can set it to 1352x1014. 1372x1029 also works if you do not care about missing the white bar at the bottom during battles. Note that this will cause slight pixelation on the backgrounds.

HD texture pack

Reunion does not include filtered HD backgrounds by default. Instructions on how to use The Reunion with Satsuki's upscaled HD backgrounds are here.
Do NOT apply the menu enhancement from the SYWV4 installer if you're using The Reunion, as it will conflict with The Reunion's mandatory, built-in menu/interface changes and cause many issues (button prompts fail to display correctly and the assist icons frequently glitch-out, for example) that can only be corrected by a full reinstall.
  • Download the full pack builder and extract the files inside the folder to the game's root directory.
  • Run the installer as an administrator, then click the button in the bottom-right. The installer will take some time.
  • After installation, you can delete the SYWV4 folder in the game's root directory to save GB.

HD battlefield and world map textures

Although the above pack has upscaled filtered battlefield and world map textures, there is another mod called Avalanche Arisen which includes even higher detail. However, in order to install Avalanche Arisen, you must install a Reunion compatible version.
The special-made pack also includes special character models, although not everyone will want them since they clash with the other models in the game. If you do want them, then just copy and replace all the folders.
  • Download this special-made pack (it is 5GB, so it may take a while).
  • After downloading, only copy and replace the GLOBAL > Texture > battle folder to The Reunion folder for HD battlefields.
  • Afterwards, copy and replace the GLOBAL > Texture > world folder to The Reunion folder for an HD world map.

Other useful mods

Here are some more optional Reunion-compatible mods:

  • No Chibis in FMVs - Edits the chibis out of FMVs so characters have a consistent realistic appearance.
  • Higher HD field scenes - While satsuki's backgrounds are a basic filtered upscale of the field backgrounds, various modders have completely re-rendered scenes. Currently about 10% are done. Download the .rar and extract it to The_Reunion > Global > Texture > field and replace everything.

Game data

How to enable cloud saving.
How to enable cloud saving.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VII Steam\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39140/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VII Steam\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39140/pfx/[Note 1]
150 save slots available (10 save folders x 15 save files per folder)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Cloud saves sync through the launcher using Square Enix's cloud service.
Xbox Cloud


Final Fantasy VII (2012) video settings menu.[7]
Final Fantasy VII (2012) video settings menu.[7]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Displays in 4:3, or stretches to widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Menu screens are capped at 60 FPS, combat and FMVs are capped at 15 FPS, and everything else is capped at 30 FPS.[2] Use The Reunion for 60 FPS combat.
120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Unable to map mouse controls
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Supports "joystick type" DirectInput device. The four directions are mapped to X and Y axes. Lacks support for POV hat (D-pad) and Triggers on standard DirectInput and XInput controllers.
Remap to keyboard using "Steam Controller Configuration" is the simplest and does not require additional third party software. Other program such as Joy2Key, Antimacro, or XInputPlus can also work.
Full controller support
Launcher lacks controller navigation support.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
The entire game pauses when put in the background.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by
Not included in the Steam release. Available on Microsoft Store or the Japanese Square Enix store.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz or faster
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/39140/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39140) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.