Saturday, 25 May 2024

10 Questions And Answers About The Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The Final Fantasy franchise has always been a source of excitement and anticipation for fans. With the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 2015, fans have been eagerly awaiting more information about this highly anticipated project. During our visit to Square Enix, we had the opportunity to sit down with Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase and ask him some key questions about the game.

Why is now the right time for a Final Fantasy VII Remake?

The timing for the Final Fantasy VII Remake was mainly influenced by the completion of the XIII series. The development team had been working on the series for the past 10 years, so it would have been challenging to work on both projects simultaneously. With the XIII series completed, the team could now focus entirely on bringing the Final Fantasy VII Remake to life.

Will each installment in the multi-part series have the same scope as Final Fantasy XIII?

Yes, each part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a full-scale game. While the XIII series explored the story from different angles, the Remake already has a preexisting story that needs to be encompassed. The HD capacity and volume of the game require multiple installments, with each part being on par with the scale of one Final Fantasy XIII game.

How many installments can we expect?

The exact number of installments has not been revealed yet. The development team has a vision for how many installments the Remake will consist of, but plans may change as scenarios and stories are being created. Rest assured, the team is committed to delivering a complete and fulfilling experience.

How will the Remake integrate elements from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII?

While not every character or storyline from the Compilation will appear in the Remake, the team aims to incorporate settings and characters where they make sense. The goal is to create a world that acknowledges the nuance and existence of these additional stories without overwhelming the main narrative.

Will the Remake stay true to the original game, or will there be significant changes?

The goal of the Remake is to enhance the original game with updated graphics while reevaluating certain gameplay and battle systems. While the starting point was to improve the graphics to the quality of Advent Children, the team acknowledges that trends and player expectations have changed in the past 20 years. They aim to strike a balance between nostalgia and fresh experiences by revisiting and rethinking certain aspects of the game.

What drove the decision to move towards action-focused combat?

The team understands that action games have evolved over the years, and Dissidia Final Fantasy is a prime example of the current landscape. While the Remake won’t be as action-focused as Dissidia, the visuals and gameplay will draw inspiration from that style. The aim is to create a battle system that feels familiar to players while still staying true to the essence of Final Fantasy.

What aspects of Final Fantasy VII are you most excited to bring back to life?

The team is particularly excited about revitalizing memorable scenes from the original game. However, they also recognize the challenge of expressing these scenes in current-gen graphics. While some elements will remain true to the original, there will be areas where the team will listen to fan feedback and communicate with the community to strike the right balance between staying faithful to the source material and introducing fresh ideas.

Will the Remake still hold surprises for players who are already familiar with the story?

Absolutely. The team wants to ensure that even players who are familiar with the original game can experience surprises and new discoveries. Balancing nostalgia with unexpected twists is a priority to keep players engaged and excited throughout the Remake.

Are there any aspects of the original game that are considered untouchable?

As creators of the original Final Fantasy VII, Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, and Kazushige Nojima believe that nothing is untouchable. However, they understand the significance of the game to fans worldwide and the need to strike a balance between making changes and preserving what made the original game special. The team is committed to finding that delicate balance and delivering an unforgettable Remake experience.

FAQs

Q: Will the Final Fantasy VII Remake include all the characters and storylines from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII?
A: While not every character or storyline from the Compilation will be included, the team aims to incorporate elements that make sense within the world of the Remake.

Q: Is the combat system in the Remake going to be purely action-based?
A: The combat system will be action-focused, drawing inspiration from Dissidia Final Fantasy. However, it will still retain the essence of Final Fantasy gameplay.

Q: Will the Remake completely change the story of Final Fantasy VII?
A: The Remake aims to enhance the original story with updated graphics and refined gameplay. While there may be changes, the team is committed to staying true to the core narrative.

Q: When can we expect the Final Fantasy VII Remake to be released?
A: The release date for the Remake has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for updates from Square Enix.

Conclusion

The Final Fantasy VII Remake holds great promise for fans of the original game. With a dedicated team of creators who worked on the original, the Remake aims to deliver a fresh and exciting experience while staying true to what made Final Fantasy VII a beloved classic. The team’s commitment to incorporating fan feedback and finding the right balance between nostalgia and innovation ensures that the Remake will be a worthy addition to the Final Fantasy franchise. So, get ready to embark on a new journey through Midgar and rediscover the magic of Final Fantasy VII.