After total silence without news for four years since the official remake announcement, finally gamers around the world were again presented with a new form of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Surprise after surprise continues to be shown through the new trailer ranging from the highly detailed yet delicate Aerith, high quality graphics with immersive experience with fluid performance, cool action-based real time combat system, to the emergence of the iconic antagonist, Sephiroth.
Although the game looks very promising, unfortunately there are still some fans who don’t take the new approach well, as in this remake version the format of the game will be divided into episodes, each as big as the Final Fantasy XIII’s size.
This format is actually not a new trend in Square Enix, seeing as they made Final Fantasy XIII into a trilogy. Confirmation of this episodic form was delivered shortly after the game was announced in 2015, and based on the new information they uploaded on the official website, they will still maintain their stance firmly.
Fans’ disappointment may lie in the fact that this game is a remake of the classic series that has been played by many people, so all the important points in the plot are no longer surprises that need to be delayed or hidden behind the episodic veil.
Whilst that reasoning is not wrong entirely, fans should keep in mind also that this game is a total remake that only uses the classic game as the main base, so it’s no wonder they want to shape it to become even bigger with possibly additional content that will take time to produce and even continue with a new sequel (even Advent Children can be made into games too).
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Why the Episodic Format for Final Fantasy VII Remake?
“I don’t want the remake to end as something solely nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited,” explained producer Yoshinori Kitase to Dengaki, which were translated by Gematsu. “We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this thought in mind.”
Nomura added to this, excitedly saying, “I hope that [fans of the original] can be surprised once again.”
Luckily you don’t have to wait long to see the game’s appearance again, because Square Enix plans to share more information and new details in June, where they will likely take advantage of Final Fantasy VII: A Symphonic Reunion or E3 2019 stage.