The Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been one wild ride. First, the gaming community went absolutely bananas when the rumors of a remake became official, only for the excitement to be soured by Square Enix’s plan to make the game episodic rather than one complete title. However, today we have learned some things, straight from producer Yoshinori Kitase’s mouth, that should reassure everyone that turned on the remake once episodic release schedule was announced.
In an interview with Game Informer, Kitase shed some light on the size, scope and content of each individual episode.
“It will essentially be a full-scale game for each part of the multi-part series. In XIII, each installment told the story from a different angle,” Kitase told Game Informer’s Joe Juba. “It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory in a sense.”
Having worked as a director on Final Fantasy 6, 7, 8, 10 and Chrono Trigger for the SNES, in Kitase we trust.
“Whereas with Final Fantasy VII Remake, we already have a preexisting story, so it wouldn’t really make sense if that isn’t encompassed in a multi-part series … So, if we’re just looking at each of these parts, one part should be on par with the scale of one Final Fantasy XIII game,” Kitase said.
How Long To Beat, a website that records the time it takes for gamers to get through a game, says that it takes most people around 49 hours and 55 minutes to get through the 13th main installment of the series, and 28 hours to beat its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2.
We’re going to need to start stocking up on Phoenix Downs ASAP.
When asked about what is going to change in the remake,
Kitase said that he plans on sticking mostly to the original story … but isn’t afraid to change things up where they’re not working.
“I, along with [Tetsuya] Nomura-san and [Kazushige] Nojima-san – who are involved with the remake – were also involved with the original Final Fantasy,” Kitase said. “We were the people who created it, so in that sense, we don’t think anything is untouchable. That isn’t to say we’re changing everything!”
The gameplay footage we’ve seen does seem to corroborate Kitase’s remarks about being unafraid to change things up, though, I’m sure not even Kitase himself would dare alter the game’s timeless love story and often-spoiled plot twist.
While Final Fantasy 15 recently got a release date, Kitase and his team have been quiet about when to expect the first full Final Fantasy 7 episode. Thankfully, E3 2016 is only a few months away and we can probably expect more information once the expo is underway.
Do you feel better about the Final Fantasy 7 remake’s episodic release knowing how big each episode will be?