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Final Fantasy VII Remake Shocking Development Woes Revealed

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There's been an incredible turn of events surrounding the development of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. While we were under the impression that the remake has been in production for four years, and development was going well, it turns out that work on it may have been scrapped a couple of years and ago and then started again from scratch!

Responding to a Reddit interview with Final Fantasy VII art director, one user has left some very interesting comments. Dan Tsukasa, who claims to be a game developer from Japan, seems to know a lot about what's been happening internally.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Could Be Years Away

Though there's no definitive proof that Tsukasa knows anyone working on the game, there is proof he works in the industry. His Twitter account profile reads: “Game Designer/3D Artist/Tech Artist. Was once European. Left VFX to make Games. Working in Japanese Game industry.” On Moby Games, it also states that he was involved with the game 10 Second Ninja, and on Facebook his profile reveals he once created an indie startup called, Team Ekko Games.

In the Reddit thread, he talks about big issues with the remake. He reveals that CyberConnect2, the development team behind bringing Final Fantasy VII Remake to PS4, were effectively sacked back in 2016, describing them as “useless”.

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However, he says that the Square Enix team didn't pick up from where CyberConnect2 left off, but started the game from scratch. He writes:

“They don’t have 4 years of work, they have 2. The announcement that square was taking the game away from CyberConnect2, they didn’t take it away and continue it, they started it again because cyber connects work was just so useless and not far enough along, but still far enough along that remaking it was faster than refactoring it… (it wasn’t in a good state at all).”

He describes CyberConnect2's work on Final Fantasy VII Remake as being “unusable”. After going on a rant about this company, claiming that it's “common knowledge” in the Japanese gaming industry, he then turns his attention on the game's director, Tetsuya Nomura.

“Nomura is barely ever there, he’s director largely in name alone. He spends the vast majority if his time in Osaka on KH3 (Kingdom Hearts 3), as thats where he lives, during the week at least.”

So, if any of this is true, it sounds like Final Fantasy VII Remake is only two years into development, and Square Enix have been putting work on Kingdom Hearts 3 ahead of it, which is due for launch later this year. Where does this put the release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake? God knows.

It does look like it’s a long way off. Square Enix are still hiring core members of the team.

Earlier this year, there was an alleged leak of information relating to the Final Fantasy VII Remake, which detailed the battle system and changes to the game’s structure.

  • John Doe

    Didn’t Cyberconnect2 do the .Hack rpgs? If so, I find it hard to believe they’re as useless as this guy says. Sounds like he may be just a disgruntled employee.

    • Febreez3

      well the .hack rpgs were very clunky and just over not that good sooo…..u never know

    • Chip

      He’s a suspected fraudster that goes by a few other names, including PSXOtaku on Gamefaqs, and has been connected to other rumors involving Final Fantasy VII-R and Final Fantasy XV/Versus.

  • Chip

    Funny how I’ve dealt with this guy, and after he was called out on inconsistencies in his story, his Reddit account and his twitter vanished. Where did he go?

  • Al Buns

    Square has been trash for years now so its no surprise.

    • they just do not make games like they used to

      • Jason Sacuta

        Oh great, you’re one of those people with nostalgia goggles on, because FF9 was just SO great, except no it wasn’t, it was overhyped with a poor story and obnoxious characters.

        • I will admit that FINAL FANTASY IX has flaws, the game is not perfect, but I think that overall the story, gameplay and that world within the game are presented well, better than what they have been releasing as of late

          in regards to the criticism denoted in the review, we must remember that these were games released nearly 2 decades ago, they were good for their time, gamers expect much more from games now than they did back then (if those classics ever do get remade, maybe Sqaure-enix will be able to integrate some of the information describe within the Ultimania books), the author of the review also seems to have a negative bias towards the game, they use derogatory terms to refer to it

          there are counter-arguments that I could make in regards to the points brought up by the review by the author from DeviantArt… but I got plenty of other disqus replies to get to, I see no need to waste my time making a point that will not be well received, we will both have to accept that we have differing opinions

  • noctilo

    So? What’s the hurry? Take your time, there’s a lot of awesome games being released, so we’ll be playing those in the meantime.

    • Koichi Kaze

      Because it worked so well with FF15.

      • noctilo

        There’s nothing wrong with FFXV. They did an amazing job. I don’t know why people say it’s a bad game, must be prejudice i guess. Anyway, to each his own.

        • Koichi Kaze

          Maybe they say it because they have high standards.

          • noctilo

            If that is the case, i totally understand!👍 because at one time or another we all think like that when it comes to things we like and want then to be awesome.

          • Jason Sacuta

            People don’t realize that FFXV isn’t finished yet, it’s still getting updates so those high standards should be fulfilled soon.

  • this remake should have been developed inhouse from the very beginning

  • Tokumei Yamada

    It’ll release the same day as Half Life 3, which will release almost immediately after Half Life 2: Episode Zero, which explains the gap between Half-Life and the flashback portions of Half-Life 2 Episode 3.

  • Gaijin-

    If there’s any truth in this, sounds like this Dan guy could be a former employee of CyberConnect2. It would not make sense for a Square employee to risk their job leaking confidential information, and the tone of the rant shows a good dose of hard feelings for CyberConnect2.

  • Theroux721

    Yikes, looks like the “series downfall” is still in full throttle eh?

    Sorry “I’m going to give muh 7 Remake one more shot and then I’M DONE” mates. Looks like you’re gone. Bye bye.

    Or you could just admit there’s no “downfall.” 🙂