There ain’t no gettin’ off of this train.

With less than two months to go until Final Fantasy VII Remake’s launch, Square Enix took to the PlayStation Blog on Thursday to offer a blowout of details and screenshots on a project that’s been years in the making.

First up are character spotlights that show off Remake’s designs for party member Red XIII and Shinra’s mad scientist, Hojo. Later in the blog post is the reveal of a new character, Chadley, a 15-year old trainee under Hojo, who is researching new types of Materia. (To which I have to ask…who let Hojo near kids?)

Next was a focus on combat, highlighting Tifa in particular. She can throw punches in quick succession with rapid presses of the square button, and her unique abilities — Whirling Uppercut, Omnistrike (shoulder slam), and Rise and Fall — can be triggered via the triangle button. Her special abilities — True Strike and a dive kick — can be activated when the ATB bar is full.

Also offered were quick glimpses at the Chocobo Chick, Carbuncle, and Cactuar summons that will be included in pre-orders, and a look at how the game will handle side quests, which appear to work much like how they did in Final Fantasy XV. You’ll be able to go around Midgar with Cloud and company, taking on odd jobs as you talk and interact with the city’s people.

You can read the full blog post and see more screenshots by clicking here.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will also be on the show floor at PAX East in less than two weeks (Feb. 27-March 1) in what is likely the last round of public appearances the game will make ahead of its April 10 release.

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Nick is a junior staff writer at GAW who loves hockey and a good RPG. The first game he played was Ice Hockey on a hand-me-down NES, and having grown up with the PS1, he knows the first three Crash Bandicoot games like the back of his hand and can recite every track from PaRappa the Rapper on the spot if you ask him to. Along with writing for GAW, Nick also works on the sports desk at the Philadelphia Inquirer. If he isn't on skates in his free time, he's probably trying to cycle through several 60-plus hour games at once.