Back in May 2020, we informed you about an AI-enhanced HD Mod for FF7, Final Fantasy 7 Remako HD Graphics Mod. However, it appears there is another similar project for it that is easier to install and brings additional improvements.
Created by Satsuki Yatoshi, the SYW mod represents the most accurate modern take on the PC version of Final Fantasy VII. This mod uses deep learning techniques (such as ESRGAN) in order to overhaul the game’s graphics. The package includes cleaner, more detailed and higher resolution background arts. It also comes with better battlefields, world map, magic effects, and menus.
The main goal of the SYW mod is to improve the graphics as much as possible without having an oversharp and overclean effect. The mod also attempts to keep the rendering as natural as possible and constant in quality across the whole game.
Going into even more details, the SYW mod overhauls 689 backgrounds and 13996 animation files. Satsuki Yatoshi has also manually optimized over 7000 layers. Furthermore, the mod enhances all the mini-games and the game’s cinematics.
You can download the mod from here. Below you can also find a comparison video between the vanilla and the modded versions.