- April 27, 2020
- Posted by: TheNetHawks Team
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The second chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake is already in development at Square Enix. Originally released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation, Final Fantasy VII was immediately regarded as an instant classic. Through cutting-edge production values, provocative storytelling, and a robust RPG gameplay loop at its core, Final Fantasy VII revolutionized the RPG genre and is still beloved as one of the greatest games of all time.
For years, rumors of a remake swirled throughout the industry, and 2015 saw the announcement of a proper remake. After five years and a developer switch, Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally out in the wild. The new game is billed as the “first chapter” in the FFVII Remake project, and Square Enix has been coy on just how many titles will comprise the Remake initiative. Fans are worried that the next entry in the FFVII project might take as long to develop as the first was, but Square Enix has already suggested this might not be the case.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, FFVII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed that the next entry in the Remake is already in development. However, he didn’t offer any more information than that, let alone any type of release window or target platforms. Regardless, if “part two” of Remake is already in development, maybe fans won’t have to wait five years as they did for the initial release.
When Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced, the game was being developed by CyberConnect2, an external developer. However, in 2017, development was taken entirely in-house at Square Enix. It’s unclear how much of CyberConnect2’s original work remains in the final game. If development truly restarted entirely from scratch, then that bodes well for future entries and how long audiences will have to wait before they can tackle the next chapter in the re-imagined adventure.
Director Tetsuya Nomura has previously expressed regret at announcing both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III so early. Both titles were announced in 2015, and Kingdom Hearts III released in 2019, four years later. In hindsight, he felt Square Enix would have been better off holding off on announcing either game until they were further along in their respective development cycles. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with the results, as both KHIII and FFVII Remake both earned significant critical acclaim, to say nothing of their strong commercial performance.
Nobody knows when the next Final Fantasy VII title will release. Perhaps it’s too optimistic to suggest, but with this first entry laying down a lot of groundwork in terms of the engine and gameplay foundation, maybe subsequent titles in the project won’t take as long to develop, especially if they don’t switch developers midway through production. With a little luck, audiences won’t have to wait another five years to see how the next chapter in the FFVII Remake shakes out.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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