Remako Mod Version 1.0 Released!



Return to a Midgar like you’ve never seen before, in this faithfully remastered graphics mod for Final Fantasy VII (PC). The Remako HD Graphics Mod features improved graphics with 4x the resolution of the original. This was accomplished by using state-of-the-art neural networks to upscale the game’s graphics.

The mod improves the quality of among other things the pre-rendered backgrounds, battle, world textures, as well as the game’s full-motion videos (FMVs). Remako is also compatible with many other mods, such as The Reunion (R03C) or 3D model mods, for the ultimate Final Fantasy 7 experience.

Remako Mod is compatible with all PC versions of FF7: the CD original, the Square Enix Store version and the Steam release.

Features

A big improvement over the original beta release, the 1.0 update is chockful of great graphical improvements to Final Fantasy VII.

Pre-rendered backgrounds


Remako completely revamps the pre-rendered backgrounds of Final Fantasy VII. All of the
backgrounds now have 4 times the resolution of the original.

The pre-rendered backgrounds were already in the beta for Remako. In 1.0, these backgrounds have been further improved, bugs fixed and graphical issues corrected.

Some effects on some screens aren't filtered to avoid in-game animation bugs. Examples include the glow in Mt. Nibel and the waterfall behind Aeris' house. Still, the bump in resolution outweighs the loss of some of the game's background animations, don't you think?

World textures


Traveling around Gaia has never looked better! The world textures have also been upscaled 4 times, giving the overworld a much sharper and more detailed look.

Battle textures


While the background textures in the battles weren’t as jarringly low-res as the field backgrounds, improvements could still be made. All of the game's battle backgrounds have gotten a graphical upgrade, which is great since you spend a lot of time in this game battling it out!

Full Motion Videos



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.

Where possible the FMVs now use the PSX original's audio tracks. These are much higher quality than the PC version's FMVs had, sounding much fuller and less tinny.

Other improvements

In the beta release, I had not yet upscaled the so-called char textures. These are 2D images and 3D models that move independently of the field backgrounds. Think the gondola in the Golden Saucer or the movable train in the trainyard. In version 1.0, all char textures have been upscaled.


The avatars that you see in the game's menus have also been given the AI upscale treatment, looking very smooth.

Finally, Remako also sees some improvements to the minigames and their textures. Racing down the highway with your G-Bike or defending Fort Condor from Shinra has never looked better!

The mod has been tested for compatibility with other mods that you can load through the 7th Heaven Mod Manager, including The Reunion (R03C) as well as the many great mods that improve the game's 3D models.

So how did I do it?


The magic behind Remako HD Graphics Mod was made possible with the AI upscaling tool AI Gigapixel. Using state of the art AI neural networks, this upscaling program tries to emulate the detail the original renders would have had. This helps the new visuals to come as close to a higher resolution re-rendering of the original as possible with current technology.

Download link

Click on this link to go to the download page.

Screenshots & Videos

Head over to the screenshots page for some more screenshots to show off the mod. Or if you want, there's a 12-minute gameplay video of 1.0 in the videos section.

Installation help

Getting Final Fantasy 7 ready for mods requires several steps. That's why I made this helpful install guide. I recommend everyone use it, even those who played the beta (as there have been some changes).

Credits

  • Topaz Labs for their great AI upscaling program AI Gigapixel.
  • Satsuki for his excellent 4xCut tool, without which this mod would not have been possible.
  • Fewtch for some hand-improved battle textures.

What do you think?

Once you've got a chance to play Final Fantasy 7 with the Remako HD Graphics Mod, I'd be interested in hearing what you think. Please leave a comment below, with your thoughts about the mod.

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    1. Download the Modding tools zip setup file. It's only 50mb and contains the yuv.frag as well.

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  3. Does anyone know if this works with New Threat?

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    1. Yes, it does! That's the perfect combo. This is the REAL remake.

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    2. new threat is really good? like hardcore mod but withou all the difficult spikes every battle? i am waiting for final mix mod to be released for public

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  4. Can't wait to try it out and relive FF7 like I did in 1997. Thank you so much for your dedication.

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  5. This is amazing! Just bought the steam version and installed, although I don't like 7th Heaven, it's PITA and doesn't launch the game directly. Still worth it though! I'd love to use The Reunion Mod, how's the compability for RO5C? And it looks like R06 is due out very soon!

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  8. Hi there, great work. Just a thing: Cait Sith avatar appears to remain the vanilla one.

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  9. Can my Intel nuc Skull canyon handle the mods. It has a i7 with integrated graphics.

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    1. Sadly, I've heard reports that a modded FF7 can't run well on integrated graphics.

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  10. Thanks for this awesome mod.
    How do I make my control work? When I open the game by steam my DS4 is recognized normally. But here it does not even work with DS4 tools open

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  11. This mod is amazing, great work! One issue.. is there any way to get it to work with the crosspad on controller? I can only seem to get it to work with thumb stick even with DS4win. Thanks!

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  12. Just download the playstation 4 version. It's that simple.

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    1. The PS4 version (although I'm mistaken?) is pretty much identical to the Steam version which is almost the same as the version from 1998.

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  13. Why are so many comments being removed?

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    1. I've gotten a lot of spam comments (ads, links to shady sites). Those are the only ones who have been removed.

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  14. Awesome work, Amazing. I am just sad that I have the steam version and seems from the guide that is going to work only if I move the folder, losing my saves and cloud :( hope will be another way

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    1. Sorry, it's the only way. FF7 for PC is a b*tch to setup for modding. Bright side, your saves and achievements will be there when you revert back to the original Steam install. They aren't deleted by installing this mod. Just disabled while it's installed.

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  15. Ive installed the NEW modz & everything has FF7 has stopped working on my laptop. And why are comments being deleted?

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  16. What does it mean by 'removes steam achieves? I presume it means you won't be able to unlock them when playing the game? Or does it actually wipe them from steam and you have to get them again?

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    1. It doesn't wipe them. If you revert the install of this, you'll be able to get achievements again.

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  17. So I am getting garbage on battle screens instead of character names. Also it seems the fonts/text in the menus are crunched up together..

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    1. You have a wrong EXE chosen in the 7th Heaven settings. Do you have Reunion/Beacause mod installed? That would mean that you need to set it to ff7_bc.exe.

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  18. Good job, but is there any way you can eliminate the annoying black bar at the bottom of the screen?

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  19. Awesome mod! However, I installed it alongside the Reunion mod following a guide, and the menu reverted back to the old menu (without the Quit button, and low res icons). Any way known to fix that?

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  20. Some of the character sprites in non cutscenes come out looking weird. Notably Hojo, biggs wedge and jesse and sephiroth all have black holes or 'lipstick' where there mouths are i know that isnt right? Did i do something wrong? everything else seems to of worked fine. Pic is problem. http://tinypic.com/r/fn69au/9

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    1. The PC version (at least the Steam release) adds mouths to characters. These are not in the PSX original. This is not something this mod does.

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  21. Does it work with the Xbox one digital download version?

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  22. in all honesty.. this is an amazing bunch of mods, clearly by very talented hackers, modders, scripters BUT not ONE of them can write an 'auto install program' (maybe using c# or some other language) that will do ALL the install process of the mods for you..? unbelievable.

    All this messing about with files manually is way too time consuming, often confusing and the amount of work needed to get this Remako mod working is stupid, especially for gamers that are not computer minded. The Instruction guide is DESPERATELY in need of a step-by-step video guide from start to finish in getting Remako working on PC STEAM version (cos lets face it, thats how 99% of people are playing it), having a few videos by different people is NOT helpful at all.. and they are outdated, so a new one needs to be made.

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    1. I'll try to streamline the install with an installer for the next update. No promises though. FF7 PC is notoriously hard to get setup for modding.

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  24. Hi! Could you made it compatible with the Spanish Version? Thanks a lot :)

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  25. Can i use this mod if i have FF7 on the ppsspp emulator for pc ?

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    1. No. It's only for the PC version itself. Not for emulators.

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  26. Everyting else about the the mod works except the FMVs for me. I compared the ones downloaded for the modpack to their originals both in game and from BSplayer but there doesn't seem to be any difference. Is there a way to fix this issue?

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  27. Hello, it's only few days i have started to deal with those mods and i have few questions :
    1- There are already 2 ITALIAN translation (that won't work if modding the game), why those cannot be integrated with the 7h Heaven mod list (of course it's an example, any language could be integrated)?
    2- Is the REMAKO mod IRO file replacing any of the 7h Heaven downloadable mods (some are about graphic improvement) ??

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    1. If you want to play it in italian with mods, then take a look here.

      https://www.rpgitalia.net/forum/discussioni/final-fantasy-vii-traduzione-integrale-versione-steam.31698/

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  28. Buen blog ! Viva aerith y tifa , bueno aerith más .. .. . . . . . .

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