Tuesday 20 February 2018

Final Fantasy VII is episodic and people aren't happy

Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake

Paul Mallon

It was recently announced that the remake of Final Fantasy VII would be episodic in nature, and fans aren't happy

Square Enix recently announced that their upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII would be released in multiple parts rather than the single cohesive story of the original. And it's hardly surprising that fans were unhappy.

The company stated at the time that the decision was made because its a very ambitious project and developing it all at once would simply take too much time. That met with a fairly negative reaction so a new statement from Square Enix has tried to clarify the matter.

Producer Yoshinori Kitase had many words to say, starting with the fact that a remake of this classic game has been at the forefront of his mind, and the minds of millions of fans, for years. His answer to the issue of multiple parts now is pretty simple - he doesn't want to remake the same game again, instead taking the opportunity to "expand the original story and turn it into an epic experience for fans and new gamers alike."

That's a pretty reasonable response and he continues:

"We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision. If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of FINAL FANTASY VII. We knew none of you would have wanted that."

It's about creating something that's both familar and new, and it's pretty refreshing to hear a developer come out and announce this kind of news early on, even in the face of a backlash.

The Final Fantasy VII Remake is episodic, but doesn't have a release date

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