Square Enix offers clarification on multi-part release of Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix Corporate Executive and consummate all-rounder, Yoshinori Kitase, has today offered clarification on the back of the news that the remake of role-playing delight Final Fantasy VII would indeed be a multi-part series.

In a candid statement posted on the blog section of the Japanese publishing behemoth’s website, Kitase-san, one of the visionaries behind the original game back in 1997, detailed how the team behind the remake had come to the conclusion that a multi-part release would best benefit the scope and legacy of the original experience.

”With Final Fantasy VII remake, we have the opportunity to go beyond the story, world and experience of  Final Fantasy VII in ways we’ve always dreamed of – from the depths of Midgar to the skies above the Planet. The multi-part format enables us to expand the original story and turn it into an epic experience for fans and new gamers alike,” said Kitase-san.

He expanded: ”If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of Final Fantasy VII. We knew none of you would have wanted that.”

He’s right too, if the Don Corneo scene had been stripped out, (it hasn’t been) there would have been riots – and rightfully so.

You can read the statement in full right here.

Going beyond the initial skepticism of a multi-part release route, it does seem as though that it’s Square Enix’s best bet at tackling the unenviable task of remaking such a beloved game in a robust, yet timely, manner. With the protracted development cycles of past games by the Japanese studio to consider, it’s nice to think we’ll at least see the first part sooner than initially expected, and with an expanded universe the likes of which we’ve not yet considered.

Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of WAKE Force’s PlayStation Fix where we delve into the real meat and potatoes of a Final Fantasy VII remake.

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