Square Enix has clarified the episodic structure of its Final Fantasy 7 Remake, stating it will be comprised of multiple, full-size games instead of a series of smaller episodes.
The details were revealed in the latest issue of Game Informer, in which producer Yoshinori Kitase said the development team was using Final Fantasy XIII series, which encompassed a total of three games, as the model.
"This reimagined epic will be the next core Final Fantasy installment -- or rather, installments," Game Informer's writer states. "When the project was first announced, people were confused by its multipart nature, but the goal is to structure it more like Final Fantasy XIII than an episodic series."
Kitase adds: "It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multipart 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 a multipart series... So 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."
Continuing, the cover feature reiterates previous statements that Square Enix is taking some liberties with the story to modernise it.
"I, along with [Tetsuya] Nomura-san and [Kazushige] Nojima-san -- who are involved with the remake -- were also involved with the original Final Fantasy," Kitase said. "We were the people who created it, so in that sense, we don't think anything is untouchable. That isn't to say we're changing everything!"
As of yet, the first entry in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake series has not been given a release date. The next game in the series, Final Fantasy 15, will launch on September 30.
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