At last year’s E3, Square-Enix revealed they were finally caving to rabid fan demand and remaking the most popular RPG of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Gamers were thrilled, but then later Square-Enix let slip that Final Fantasy VII Remake would be a “multi-part” episodic series. Folks hoping to really immerse themselves in Final Fantasy VII‘s epic return were justifiably concerned. How long would each of these episodes be? Would we be forced to play through the game in two or three-hour chunks?
Thankfully Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase told Game Informer that won’t be the case. According to him, each “episode” of the Final Fantasy VII remake will basically be a full stand-alone game:
“It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series. If we’re just looking at each of these parts, one part should be on par with the scale of one Final Fantasy XIII game.”
The comparison to Final Fantasy XIII is telling, as it sounds like Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t be an episodic series in the Telltale sense, so much as a whole new franchise for Square-Enix. I mean, each Final Fantasy XIII game was at least 30 to 40 hours long, so we have a lot of Final Fantasy VII on the way.
That said, Kitase also assured fans Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t tell multiple different stories like the Final Fantasy XIII series did. They’re still going to focus on telling a single, continuous story based on the original Final Fantasy VII:
“In XIII, each installment told the story from a different angle, whereas with Final Fantasy VII Remake, we have a preexisting story, so it wouldn’t really make sense if that isn’t encompassed in a multi-part series.”
What do you think? Excited for multiple full Final Fantasy VII games, or are Square-Enix planning to stretch a good thing too thin?