Final Fantasy 7 Remake Episodic Release Will Have Gaps In Between But There Is A Catch

Isn’t there always?

Posted By | On 05th, Feb. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508

The news some time back that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be an episodic release was met with mixed response- while some fans were glad that Square Enix were dedicating so much time, effort and resources into telling the story of Final Fantasy 7 properly, others saw it as a cheap move, as nothing more than a cash-grab.

Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has recently been speaking about the game and its episodic model, and what Square Enix will do to make sure that players and fans’ interest is maintained in the title despite the fact that there will be significant gaps in between releases.

Final Fantasy VII expanded through a compilation,” Kitase said in an interview with Famitsu. “We don’t have any fundamental plans on that for now, but since the game volumes won’t be something that we can release in just a few months, we’d like to think of a way to supplement those gaps to maintain interest.”

When asked what those developments might be, Kitase said that part still hadn’t been finalized. “A live stream or a program to keep in touch with the users is something I’d like to do,” he said, “but Final Fantasy VII Remake will be episodic, and if we want to have it go all the way to the end of the original version, then I believe we’ll need to devote everything we got for it, so I have no idea what will happen for things such as filler development [between episodes] and other works.”

That sounds interesting, to say the least. Could it be DLC? Something else? We don’t know for sure. However, there may be new information on Final Fantasy VIII Remake later this year, so maybe we’ll find out then.

Thanks, Siliconera

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  • Direct-XbotMK1 Elite

    I have no problem with an episodic release. It sounds like all they’re doing is splitting the game into multiple parts because the original was too large to fit into one game with today’s graphics and animations. The world map alone would take a long time.

    Maybe they should have said, “multipart release” instead of “episodic”. Then maybe people wouldn’t have started b1tching.

  • Direct-XbotMK1 Elite

    You can not do this complete remake in one release without massive multiple development teams. It has nothing to do with multiple BluRays.

    They were able to do the original in one release because, other than in combat, FF7 had very poor graphics even compared to graphics of other games in the 90s. It used text boxes instead of voice acting. Character models were very low polygon and animations were low. That is why they were able to make FF7 as large as they did. A playthrough while avoiding side quests could take a player 30-40 hours.

    In order to do a remake and modernize the entire game they have to….

    – Completely redo every character model. That includes hundreds of characters from protagonists to bosses to summons and every enemy creature.

    – Completely redesign environments and convert them from 2d to 3d. That inludes Midgar, the world map and every location.

    – Completely redo animations for EVERYTHING including every magic attack.

    – Completely scrap a book worth of text boxes and replace it with voice acting.

    – Completely redo the combat system.

    FF7 was so large that you could split it into multiple games that would feel like full games today. Squarenix says that they’re splitting the game into multiple parts because they want to include everything. It makes perfect sense. But people are quick to pull out pitchforks because some people don’t understand even the basic parts that go with game creation. You can’t completely remake FF7 and then sell it for $60. They would lose money.

    I’m not saying people shouldn’t hold Squarenix accountable for what they say. If Squarenix says the remake will have everything from the original then people should hold them to that promise.

    I’m saying if it takes multiple releases to include everything in the original, I think that is better than half the original. I think people should put away their pitchforks whenever they hear “episodic”. Because pressuring Squarenix into rushing the remake as just one $60 release is going to cause everyone to end up with a half-***ed product.

  • Unholy Impetuous Ritual Plague

    Well there goes my savings account budget. Thanks Square Enix. I just hope it won’t be a hefty cost let alone a ridiculous amount of DLC that i’d prefer to pay outright on the physical disk. I mean if record companies do that, release multiple releases we should be able to get an ultimate edition with everything on it. Though there’s another problem with DLC, it probably won’t be released until after the game itself is released so yeah.. unless they add those DLC’s onto the next episode. i wasn’t entirely happy with the FFXV release, i would have liked to have all the sidequests and story (whether it pertains to the actual storyline or not) on the actual game, which is why i am holding out for a director’s’ cut release or ultimate edition. Either way with the DLC and this episodic format, this remake is already giving me a headache lol.

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  • Mogs Ascension

    Check out my video on why I believe Final Fantasy VII being episodic is a good thing if you guys are interested in the topic!


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