Final Fantasy VII Remake, the game you can purchase right now on the PlayStation Network or on store shelves for PlayStation 4, is the first part of a multi-part series retelling the story of Final Fantasy VII, but Square Enix apparently still has no concrete plan in place for how many chapters/parts/whatever the company ends up calling these installments will make up what is the full Final Fantasy VII Remake experience.
However, according to Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura and Yoshinori Kitase, the company is considering releasing the game in small chunks to speed up the actual development time between installments.
News of this comes from Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania book that was released over in Japan, which comes with director’s commentary from Nomura. According to a translation from Twitter user @aitaikimochi, Nomura says that the team is focusing on smaller sections of the game, which it hopes to release more quickly than it could by making stories and sections of the scale of even the game that is on store shelves right now.
“Basically Nomura is saying that if they focus on shorter stories within the overall story (let’s say, focusing entirely on Junon alone as a crazy idea), it’ll be much faster to develop as opposed to taking the OG story in big chunks and developing those as whole installments,” @aitaikicmochi explained.
At first blush, this kind of sounds like Square Enix might be taking a kind of DLC model to add to Final Fantasy VII Remake periodically, which would lean in to the whole episodic deal the game has going on right now. Rather than wait several years for a new installment, fans could maybe expect to see parts of the game added onto maybe every six or so months, or maybe once a year. But while we can speculate all we want, Square Enix was upfront in the Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania that it is basically winging it at this point, as @aitaikimochi translated that Kitase states there is no definitive roadmap nailed down yet.
“We have a general idea of how the story will play out, but we haven’t decided exactly [how many parts], nor can we confirm anything. There’s speculation that it will be 3 parts, but we’re just doing things one step at a time.”
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The Final Fantasy VII Remake that is available now expands what is roughly the original game’s first five to eight hours into a 30-40 hour game, for good and for ill, as some things that were originally kind of vague or underdeveloped now become major story beats that take up several hours of gameplay, while the pacing of the game can be pretty wack at some point. We discussed all of this and more in our two-hour spoilercast, which you can check out right here.