The episodic release structure of the Final Fantasy VII remake has been the subject of some controversy, but Square Enix have offered some clarification. Rather than featuring a series of smaller episodes, it will be made up of multiple full-sized games. This means that each episode will likely be worth its price tag.

The latest issue of Game Informer revealed that Final Fantasy XIII’s three-game formula is the model for the remake of Final Fantasy VII. The GI crew spoke with producer Yoshinori Kitase, who stated:

“It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series. In XIII, each instalment told the story from a different angle. It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory in a sense.”

Square Enix have stated that they are taking some liberties with the story in order to modernise it, but Kitase is reassuring fans that the remake will be very true to the original:

“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!”

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While Final Fantasy XV is deservedly getting most of the attention at the moment, there also appears to be great things in store for the Final Fantasy VII remake.

Final Fantasy XV will release on September 30th of this year with a ton of extra promotional material including a feature film, two special edition packages, a short anime series, and a playable demo.

  • malbhet

    Do they not realize that it’s not a full sized game if the story itself is broken up into smaller pieces!? I’ll only buy the completed version, nothing less!

    • Ben Eberle

      They are marketing each episode as a full-size game in order to reassure those who are upset by its release structure. By “full-size game” they mean “the size of a standard mainline Final Fantasy game” aka a 40+ hour experience.

      The Midgar section, for example, should feel like a contained full game with a solid beginning and end. At least, that’s what I’m assuming. I’m iffy about the whole thing just like everybody else, but it really doesn’t seem like there will be a lack of content with each episode.

      • malbhet

        It’s still not the full FF7 story, and I don’t care how you or anyone try to make it sound like a good deal! I’ve played the original game, and this doesn’t include the entire story into one price therefore it’s not a full game period! Nobody is stopping you from buying it, but I’m not dumb enough to buy a broken up product while knowing full well that they will release a complete version down the line, and it’s not like there will be any spoilers because SE already milked this game for everything it’s worth as it is, so breaking it up only serves one purpose to ge as much money from the idiots gullible enough to buy each episode separately lol! They are just doing the same thing Capcom did with RE REV 2’s episodic release, and only game reviewers and people who needlessly wish to brag about about getting the game before everyone else would fall for this, which is stupid to be honest!