Out of Developer Hell
Final Fantasy VII Remake has been in a state of flux since some unknown problems developed with third part studio CyberConnect2 in 2017. Square Enix took the project away from them and moved development in house.
Final Fantasy VII Remake has been stuck in development hell for the last four years, and it finally made it out of there. Yesterday saw the first Final Fantasy VII trailer and there were promises of more to come in June. The trailer looks great, that promise is also great. What’s not so great? The game is still going to be episodic.
Episodic Final Fantasy?
It seems that the game will not be a Final Fantasy that we’re familiar with because it will be an episodic game, as first announced back before developer hell in 2015. While it all comes from one line in a rough Google-translated Japanese press release, Square Enix has only confirmed that the 2015 press release is accurate and that they had no further comment to make.
Four Year News, still the most recent news
This implies that the four-year-old press release is still the most up-to-date information about the game and that it will be an episodic game. The trailer shows only scenes from the game’s first act in Midgar seems to lean strongly towards that strongly episodic feel.
While this incarnation of Final Fantasy VII is still an action drive combat RPG, it feels more like a new game or a re-imagining rather than an actual remake with brand new abilities and character abilities. Reports also say that this remake will be released sometime in 2025.