Square Enix’s staggered release plans for the Final Fantasy VII Remake will allow for each installment to be comparable in size to full games, but the publisher has conceded the total amount of episodes for the HD overhaul is subject to change.
Indeed, Square is yet to officially confirm how many chapters FFVII‘s “multi-part series” will comprise – the general consensus would be four, aligning with the number of discs included with the original release in ’97 – and while the developer has “a vision for how many installments it will consist of,” Producer Yoshinori Kitase didn’t rule out the possibility that that tally could change depending on development.
Word comes by way of Game Informer, where Kitase was quizzed about the progress of Square’s long-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Yeah, we do have an idea on the project side in terms of how many installments it may consist of, but unfortunately, we can’t share that at the moment. Of course, as we’re creating and developing the scenario and the stories, these are things that move in real time. So, the plan may change along the way. But, that said, we do have a vision for how many installments it will consist of.
As we alluded to earlier, Square intends to launch each chapter as fully-fledged experiences, with Kitase pointing to the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy as an example.
It will essentially be a full-scale game for each part of the multi-part series. In XIII, each installment told the story from a different angle. It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory, in a sense. Whereas with Final Fantasy VII Remake, we already have a preexisting story, so it wouldn’t really make sense if that isn’t encompassed in the multi-part series, and it wouldn’t make sense to remake it if we don’t encompass that that entire story.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is still without a release date, and that’s unlikely to change until Square settles on a final episode tally. Remaining in Hironobu Sakaguchi’s prestigious franchise, Final Fantasy XV will emerge onto the scene on September 30.
Source: Game Informer