Final Fantasy 7 Remake finally gets some GOOD NEWS as fans wait for release date reveal (Pic: SQUARE ENIX)
At a fan event for the Switch release of The World Ends With You recently, Square Enix developer Tetsuya Nomura made some comments about the status of the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
After the event, outlets began to note that Nomura had said 'production of the game was on hold' whilst Square Enix readied its other upcoming project, Kingdom Hearts 3, for launch.
Nomura has spoken to Japanese magazine Famitsu about the claims, noting that the Remake isn't on hold and it was the marketing that's been suspended until kingdom Hearts 3 is released.
"Nomura says to Famitsu that misinformation about FF7R has spread from his comment at the TWEWY event," reads a tweet from DKHF_.
"Assures FF7R isn't on hold until he finishes KH3, reiterates what he said at E3 that FF7R dev is going smoothly & SE PR is giving priority to KH3 now, "after that it will be FF7""
That means we can likely expect more updates on Final Fantasy VII Remake early next year.
Kingdom Hearts III is due to launch – finally! – on 25 January 2019. So once that's out the door – and Square Enix has done its launch window promotion – we can likely see the company shift focus back onto Final Fantasy VII.
This comes shortly after we saw some new development updates on the game.
In a recent job listing by Square Enix, the Japanese publisher describes the game as an 'action title'.
The job listing – which was posted in the search for a 3DCG VFX designer on the game – notes 'action' in the genre descriptor (via Siliconera).
Does this mean we're going to see a battle system totally different from the original game, ditching the ATB (active time battle) that gave the original game so much of its identity? It seems possible.
But does that mean the game will launch soon? Possibly not.
An interview with the director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Yoshinori Kitase, has surfaced, revealing the developer originally thought that the much-anticipated RPG would take about 10 years to make.
According to the interview with TechDigest, Kitase took his experience from the development of Final Fantasy XIII to generate the number.
An excerpt from the interview reads:
"But even Final Fantasy XIII has taken over three and a half years to create. If we were to recreate final Fantasy VII with the same level of graphical detail as you see in Final Fantasy XIII, wed imagine that that would take as much as three or four times longer than the three and a half years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So its looking pretty unrealistic! But if any such situation came about by any remote chance, then yes, wed do it!"
It's worth remembering, however, that development of the VII Remake has since been moved to Unreal Engine 4 – an engine known to speed things up for developers, and something we're seeing more and more Japanese teams move to.
It's also worth remembering that Final Fantasy VII Remake is planned to release in episodes, meaning we could likely see a playable part of the game release before the whole supposed decade-long development cycle is complete.
You can read much more about Final Fantasy VII Remake here.