Tetsuya Nomura, best known for directing the Kingdom Hearts series, will not return as a director for the next installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake. For the first part, which was released in April 2020, he was co-director alongside Naoki Hamaguchi. Hamaguchi will be the only director on the second part, while Nomura will serve as its Creative Director.
Nomura confirmed this in an interview with Famitsu that was published after this week’s PlayStation State of Play showcase.
“Today, we announced three Final Fantasy VII titles, but as I mentioned earlier, I’m personally working on more projects now than ever before,” he said. “Since we were able to solidify the base gameplay in the first part of Final Fantasy VII Remake and are able to see what we need to improve upon in the future, Naoki Hamaguchi (co-director on Final Fantasy VII Remake) will be entrusted as the director on the next part, while I’ll be involved as the creative director on all things Final Fantasy VII, including the Remake and mobile titles. My basic involvement in the work won’t significantly change, so please give me your continued support.”
(Thank you to Gematsu for the translations.)
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After the reveal of three Final Fantasy VII titles on the day of the State of Play presentation, Nomura indeed has plenty on his plate.
The first title is Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade — an expected PlayStation 5 port of Final Fantasy VII Remake with some unexpected content. Alongside graphical updates like improved textures and lighting, quality of life additions, photo mode, and faster loading times will arrive a new chapter featuring Yuffie Kisaragi. Smartly, Square Enix is making certain she isn’t an easily missable party member like in the original 1997 game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade will be released on June 10. It will be a free upgrade for owners of the PlayStation 4 version. For that matter, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be headlining March’s free PlayStation Plus offers — though there are some catches you should be aware of, especially relating to Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade.
The second title is Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, which is defined as “another possibility for a Remake.” It will be an episodic return to the Final Fantasy VII universe, featuring the entire compilation so far (Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus). For fans wondering if a game like Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core was going to also be remade — considering its great importance to the end of Final Fantasy VII Remake — this seems to be Square Enix’s workaround. Ever Crisis will also have more content, so fans can look forward to this being more than just a simple retrospective. It will be available worldwide for iOS and Android devices in 2022.
The third title is Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, which will be coming to iOS and Android devices later this year. It’s a battle royale set in the universe of Final Fantasy VII. The teaser trailer is as odd as that sounds. But if that’s of interest to you, reader, go wild.
Not much else is known about the second installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest here at Fanbyte.