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.
“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!”
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.