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Final Fantasy VII Remake will retain the essence of the original By Erren Van Duine on February 26, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Several French outlets including Finaland recently had the chance to sit down with Testuya Nomura, where he touched on Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III and some of his design philosophies.

“A lot of things will change [in Final Fantasy VII Remake],” Nomura told Final Fantasy Dream, “but the essence of the universe will not. That is one of the things that will remain intact.”

Nomura notes Final Fantasy VII Remake is a title “loaded with a lot of mystery for now” with the existing Compilation of FFVII seemingly off the table. “If we make a compilation, these games will hardly have an overall coherence,” said Nomura about Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus, etc. “It will be difficult because there is no more continuity between the Compilation and Remake for the moment.”

In a separate interview with Famitsu, Nomura says the team is steadily progressing on production with the goal of making a game that will meet fan expectations. “Last year, I didn’t put out much information on [Final Fantasy VII Remake], but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere.” Regardless, it’s clear the game is still far off.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4.

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  • Uzair Syed

    Perhaps parts of Crisis Core are being weaved into the game itself as flashbacks?

  • All Seeing Eye

    I want a VI and VIII remake so baaaaaaaaad.

  • NotCarolKaye

    No matter what they do, some people will be utterly livid. No matter what they do.

  • Starlord

    Is the whole (making this game into 3 different scenarios/3 different games) still a thing? Just curious.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Yep.

  • Patrick Bateman

    So wait…the compilation will have nothing to do with this remake? so with that in mind is EVERYTHING before the Remake non-canon?

    Am I just reading into what he said wrong? if anything I figured a remake would be a perfect opportunity to integrate the compilation and fill in plot holes in the original that either didn’t translate well with the Compilation or just didn’t fit…I mean I’m happy no more Genesis ( even if Dirge of Cerberus did end with an open ending that I would be curious to see continued )

  • Damen Kyle Greene

    with that said, no matter what they do it will also have those fans that just love the idea of the game too much that it will never be bad to them

  • NotCarolKaye

    Better to go in wanting to like it than wanting to hate it.

  • xMysticx

    lets see if ffviir will wipe the floor out of ffxv . its the only way he can show he is a trust worthy to ffxv ”fans”

  • Randy Marsh

    Considering they said they want to expand the story without changing the story of the original, my guess would be yes and no. Example, the parts of Cloud and Zack meeting and tracking down Genesis and Hollander in Modeoheim and the portions of them being on the run after the time skip will be most likely added in, but the portions of Genesis’s “retcon” in the Mt. Nibel reactor will most likely be kept out as Cloud did not witness those events in Crisis Core. However, this is pure speculation.

  • Eyoi

    I don’t think it’ll be that difficult to do as long as it’s actually complete when they release it.

  • xMysticx

    it will just have faith in nomura he knows what he’s doing

  • Luke Watts

    What he’s saying is that they don’t plan on doing the FF7 Remake with the compilation titles in mind. This is a good thing from what I can see.

    It’s a remake, similar story, similar events – different outcomes that would otherwise effect the continuity of the remake.

    If you ask me, what he is implying is that the game is going to be a tragedy. There will be no ambiguous ending this time. This time, the planet will not be so forgiving. The theme of the original was ‘life’ this will be ‘death’

  • Luke Watts

    To the countless people who argued that the remake would encapsulate all the compilation materials. ha. ha. ha.
    Just need to wait for the confirmation that episode one isn’t just Midgar and I’ll be smiling all the way to the release date.

  • Luke Watts

    This is true

  • Luke Watts

    Yup. You’ll play as Zack in flash backs etc – This is basically certainty

  • Luke Watts

    you would have to be the only person I’ve ever heard of that wants MORE genisis…..

  • xsaydex

    I think a lot of people reading this need to pay closer attention to the words “for the moment”. He’s not declaring the entire remake will be devoid of compilation references. All he said was that the compilation will hardly have any coherence or continuity with anything “for the moment”. Which is basically like saying that the current scenario for part 1 doesn’t draw any connections to anything. But as for the next parts, who knows?

  • Patrick Bateman

    uhh…”I mean I’m happy no more Genesis” lol I really hated him and he is the worst thing about Crisis Core, HOWEVER, I would be curious how they would continue that open end of Dirge of Cerberus for Final Fantasy VII’ Story sake. I’d e curious if it was any open ending related to FFVII, unfortunately this one includes the lamest character in the Compilation…

  • Leslie Chan

    When is this Famitsu interview again? the current issuse?? i didn’t see any Square-Enix staff related interview during THAT issue?? is it the next one???

  • Hasuki

    Tabata should think about making a Crisis Core HD Remaster. Since it was his game he directed in the first place. Plus, he already has experience doing that with Type-0 HD.

  • Altier Randomness

    Great. The only FF7 related thing which is good is the game itself. The spin offs and everything else were all rubbish.

  • Altier Randomness

    Why? The graphics are still pretty good. Too bad the game is awful. I generally pretend it’s just some fan-fiction game that happened to have terrible story, bad gameplay, good graphics and a decent budget.

  • Randy Marsh

    I would not mind that, since I lost my Crisis Core when roaming in Hollywood for work and SE refuses to release it on the bloody PSN store for the VITA! However, I would hope the npcs get the equal treatment in model upgrades and they don’t mess up a lot of the appearance. I stuck onto my original Type-0 on the PSP instead of the PS4 version due to the jarring quality of the character models and the cutscenes and battle scenes looking very unpolished still.

  • Luke Watts

    In relation to the main title, yeah they weren’t great. there where elements of all of them that I wouldn’t mind them touching on slightly, but for the most part, it’s welcomed news to hear they will have little to do with the remake.

  • Luke Watts

    apologies, miss-read your comment. Maybe someone else can shed some light on this, but I heard there was a legal battle between Sqaure and the pop-star that genesis was based on – implying that it would extremely unlikely to see him again in any further projects.

    Can only pray this was the case?

  • Casper

    XV needs the remake more, in fact no reboot.

    Vi and VIII are great, wait till the PS5 to do those.

  • NewestType

    Who cares at this point? We’re feeding the same mouth.

  • NewestType

    He does. But he takes a long time. Personally, I don’t mind waiting. My only gripe is the early announcement. And I doubt Sephiroth will have wings as legs.

  • NewestType

    Well isn’t that who it made for? People who enjoy it? That’s like not offering mountain dew at Arby’s. You know they want it. They’re already at Arby’s.

  • Fay Knights

    I still don’t know whether I should replay good old VII before, after the remake or not at all…I don’t really want to compare them but it also bothers me that I cant remember some details…it’s like 15 years ago. I guees there is still plenty of time to decide…

  • NewestType

    I think you got your Roman numbers mixed up.

  • NewestType

    It’s not really a matter of messing up. The games mechanical engineering was never intended for HD. What you want is for them to rebuild it for the ps4. At least the visual aspect you speak on.

  • NewestType

    Some details stick more when your older.

  • nextpkfr

    I actually don’t think a full episode of Midgar would be so bad. They would have to make the city HUGE, and Midgar probably has a third of the main plot.

  • Matthew Mclachlan

    I would play through the original ff7 before.

  • Patrick Bateman

    A full 50 hour + game based entirely on the first Midgar section? That sounds terrible lol that sounds like it’s begging to have unlimited repetitive fetch-me side quests to act as filler

    Honestly I’m expecting, and would be pissed if the first Episode doesn’t at least end after the story telling of the Nibelheim incident. If not stretch it out to the return to Nibelheim and end it there.

    I really wish they’d officially release how many Episodes the game will consist of…it would make speculating where each episode ends so much easier.

  • Randy Marsh

    Perhaps messing up was a bit of a strong word, however yes I would have like more a rebuilding of the visual aspects. Something always bothered me in particular about Type-0’s visual appearance in the HD version. More of less it was maybe a lack of balance in the quality between the environments and certain characters. I will admit FFX HD collection was guilty of this too, but it was less obvious at times for me.

    In the long run if they ever did a remaster of Crisis Core I would like to see them do equal treatment for the graphical elements. However Crisis Core did look more better than Type-0 at times and could show more than two people in a cutscene without relying on zoom shots, so I wouldn’t worry too much. Wait? Why am I speak about all this for a “what if” scenario? Bah, no more speculation for now.

  • nextpkfr

    Unless they make Midgar giant. I’m not suggesting the original story plus filler, I’m suggesting massively expanding the original story in Midgar.

    Assuming they’re making 3 episodes, how would you split them up?

    Ep 1: Midgar and Kalm (Nibelheim Incident)
    Ep 2: Following Sephiroth to the Northern Crater
    Ep 3: The Weapons appear, the rest of the game

  • Patrick Bateman

    Yeah something like that, Midgar till the end of the Nibelheim Incident since they can expand on Nibelheim. Midgar alone, even if expanded upon would eventually get boring imo for a 50+ hour game.. It’d be big and open but if XV’s told us anything that doesn’t necessarily it’ll be a good … big and open only works if done right and Square hasn’t really nailed that part in any of their RPG’s yet ( remembering the massive-empty/bare/fields in Nier and Infinite Undiscovery *shivers* )

  • Codes McGodes

    “The essence will be the same.”

    What an incredibly vague sentence.

  • xMysticx

    these mouths need to be shut for eternity if they are ”fans of ffxv ” then they should see perfection from the original person who actually made ffvii 1997 .

    then, id laugh all the way to the store then sock their faces 1 smack

  • xMysticx

    he wasnt in the early game with wings until advent children came

  • All Seeing Eye

    XV? As in the recently released XV? You want them to remake that? I’d rather see XVI than that tbh.

  • stevenm281

    The art of saying something, while not really saying anything.

  • As long as it coming along. Don’t rush it like XV. If we’re not going to get 16 then make sure to do kh3 and 7R well to make upbfor it.

  • megaman

    Play original after remake. Too many spoilers.

  • Daniel Masterson

    I mean I really hope so. This shouldnt even be a thing.

  • JohnVuojo

    Doubt it. Probably gonna be like Advent Children all over again.

  • •december

    So they’re not giving us FF7 Remake as a multi-part installment?

  • Neil

    Play after, from the sound of things at least you’ll have the best game ever made to look forward to

  • stevenm281

    Yes, what makes you think otherwise?

  • stevenm281

    Why would it get boring?

    We coud finally see more of Corneo, more of the Turks, more of Aerith, more of President Shinra, Rufus, Reeve, Scarlet, Avalanche members, etc.

    They could easily make Midgar its own game.

  • •december

    I haven’t heard news of remake in a long time
    If they give it to us in one game that would be super impressive!
    But now I believe the wait for it to come out will now be longer…

  • stevenm281

    Well, the latest interview with Kitase, which was a few weeks ago on this site, was still mentionning the project to be a multi-part series.

  • Stonespear

    If it’s been that long since you last played, I wouldn’t bother tbh. I play it every year or so for fun, so it’s all fresh in my memory. Perhaps playing it again now would just highlight how old many of the systems are and spoil it for you.

    Hopefully you, me and everyone else will enjoy the remake much more.

  • Stonespear

    People–like you, xsaydex–should just stop commenting on what other commenters are saying. Yes, I’m aware of the hypocrisy.

    Tired of comments complaining about other people’s comments. If you don’t like what someone says, keep it to their thread and stop fighting for likes on your soapboxing. Keep that shit to where it’s out of the way.

    This is a FFVII remake topic. We don’t have many of those. This comment system can do without self-serving threads.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    The content in those parts does not make a whole game. Splitting the game like this is a terrible idea.

  • stevenm281

    Just the content of the original, I agree, but Nomura and Kitase did say that the original FF7 content is only a basis for the remake project as they want to make it much bigger than the original by including more scenes of secondary characters like Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie.

    Which probably means that in Midgar, we’ll get more Reeve, more Don Corneo, more Rufus, more Hojo, more everything. The whole city will be explorable as stated by Nomura, so add sidequests in every sectors, It can easily become a full game.

    Do the same for every locations, and you get those three full games.

    Depending on how much they are adding, we might even get more games than three, but I don’t think we’ll get more than 4, we shall see.

  • Patrick Bateman

    if they made Midgar it’s own full game though then how many episodes would they have to make to complete the game?

    FFVII is WAY bigger than Midgar…and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to end up buying 6 or 7 full length games….there IS such a thing as too much, Midgar doesn’t need to have it’s own game, could they add some more exploration and flesh out more characters? sure, doesn’t need to be a full 50+ hour games worth.

    Rufus is really only introduced during the end of the Midgar section for a reason, same with Scarlet and the rest of them, because they get more spotlight during Disk 2’s events later on in the story, ( which they can do a better job fleshing them out there ) and I’d be surprised if we see much of Don Corneo at ALL with today’s standards on what’s appropriate and what isn’t for a T rating. it’s not official but I don’t think Square is in any rush to make another M rated Final Fantasy since Type-0 HD went straight to the bargain bin.( although that had nothing to do with the rating and more to do with the game just not being good lol ) I doubt we’ll even get Barret and Cid’s potty mouth.

  • xsaydex

    What the hell are you talking about? This is probably the 1st or 2nd time I’ve ever bothered posting anything here. So this isn’t about “fighting for likes” or “soapboxing”.

    I didn’t bother replying to anyone in particular since I’m seeing multiple people draw incorrect conclusions from this article. So rather than waste my time replying to each and every one of those individuals, I decided to make a separate comment that will hopefully cut down on the number of people that are bound to interpret a specific statement from this article the wrong way.

    “Fighting for likes” on “my soapboxing” was hardly the intention. Though I can’t help it if people feel inclined to agree with whatever I said. Nor do I care to apologize to you for it.

  • Stonespear

    I don’t care if you want to apologise or not. Just keep this pointless shit to the original comments you’re referring to. It’s simple. It keeps the main comments about something relevant rather than what you were just doing–soapboxing–regarding how other people apparently aren’t paying close attention. Screw them if they aren’t and tell them that in their own comments.

  • stevenm281

    Leave him be, he said nothing wrong, only voiced his opinion respectfully, which I cannot say the same for you…

  • Stonespear

    And sometimes things need to be said disrespectfully. For example: When someone is tired of reading top comments immediately referencing other people. Reference them in their own comments. It’s not bloody hard to grasp, understand or follow, is it? Apparently it might be.

  • Shinobuden

    “The whole city will be explorable as stated by Nomura, so add sidequests in every sectors, It can easily become a full game.”

    That depends on whether the sidequests are engaging and fun enough to keep you occupied though. This goes for every location. If they make the same mistake they did with XV and it’s just a bunch of fetch/kill quests they’ll grow stale very quickly and that’d be a pretty big problem. If the sidequests bore people and they decide to just stick to the main story then it won’t feel like it’s a “full game” and it will simply cause them to be bitter and have a grim outlook on future parts.

    There’s something other than sidequests to distract you that is a cause for concern with this whole episodic thing though. Leveling. How will leveling work if there’s three, or more, parts? Will there be level caps? Will levels transfer over to the next part? If there are no level caps what’s stopping you from reaching such a high level that you’ll effectively be overleveled and overpowered by the time the next part is released? Will they make enemies give you very little xp to counter this? Will they keep some skills and magic from materia restricted until the next part is released? These are all things that could make it feel like it’s not actually a full game.

    What do you think?

  • xsaydex

    “Pointless shit?” Who the hell are you to decide for everyone which comments are considered “pointless shit” or not?

    And sorry, but if your intention was to seriously attempt to persuade me to try to do things your way, coming off the way you are right from the start was a terrible way to go about it. Because even if I had a mind to do what you want just out of common courtesy to you personally, there’s no way I’m going to bother considering that now–since I still don’t regard anything in my initial post to be disrespectful or disruptive.

    And while you’re at it, you might want to try to find more meaningful things in your life to get tired over other than the content you see within the top comments in a thread.

  • stevenm281

    I personally am not very fan of sidequests in general, I prefer a very long story with nothing else to do. So when I say a complete game, I mean a long story, 40/60 hours, then they can cram the hell they want as extra.

    As for the levels, either each game has a 1 to 99 range, or they might cap it , 1-40 for Part 1,40-75 for Part 2, 75-99/120 for Part 3, or if they release every game on the same platforms, they might do a 1-99 across all games with importable save files details. No matter what they choose, I’m fine with it.

  • Shinobuden

    Me neither. I shudder at the possibility of repetitive sidequests in the remake.
    Ah. I may have misinterpreted your comment about sidequests as it didn’t occur to me that you included the story in that. That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

    I’d be fine with level caps so long as they are reasonable. Not sure I’d be completely ok with being able to reach level 99 (assuming that’s the highest level) in the first game as that wouldn’t leave much incentive to do much, if any, battling in the future games other than seeing what enemies and their skills look like. And gil. Maybe I’m just nitpicking with this though. I like being overpowered and all that but not so “early” if you understand what I mean.

    Thanks for your input!

  • Kyle Riece Hewlett

    FFXV after 10 years you mean

  • Kyle Riece Hewlett

    Hahahahhahaha you are so funny. I never knew FFXV was rushed. 10+years in the making has got to be the slowest “rush” ever

  • Stonespear

    I seriously doubt anyone who uses the internet expects to persuade anyone else into anything. That goes for you and me. I’ll still take the opportunity to call shit out though. Besides, my original reply goes for anyone on this site – not just you.

    I’ll carry on having my different opinion.

  • Luke Watts

    LOL – No where did anyone state that the ‘whole of of midgar will be explorable’.. my god. How do you people come up with this siht.

  • Luke Watts

    It won’t be split up like that…
    Why people can’t comprehend why is beyond me.

  • Luke Watts

    No where did anyone state that the ‘whole of Midgar will be explorable’. It was stated at one point that their will be MORE of midgar to explore, and that’s it.

  • Wiccan

    Regarding levels you can look at what similar games have done using this model. Mass Effect Trilogy and Xenosaga for example reset your level because the battle systems changed. Each game was a full game but the story was told over 3 games. It was worth reaching level cap in the first game to achieve everything you wanted to do and wasnt an issue when it was reset because it was the next step.

    Conversely you have the .Hack games. .Hack GU for example set a level cap each game. If you reached lv 50 in Part 1 and collected all the items and equipment, you started Part 2 with everything you had collected and at lv 50. The cap was increased to Lv 100. If you played Part 2 without touching Part 1 you’d be given generic starter equipment/items and start off at a base of around lv40-45. CC2 developed .Hack and are helping to develop the remake so this seems like a likely event. .Hack gave you sets of endgame items to achieve for each part which gave you a strong start in the next game but then raised to bar so that more power could then be achieved to combat the increase in enemy levels. The combat systems stayed the same but were mildly improved/balanced each part.

  • Karyn Phillips-Dieter

    Meh. When you consider that Square Enix said they had to throw out most of Versus 13 and start over for FFXV, it seems less like a 10 year project and more like a vaporware game the got scavenged for parts for a new game.

  • stevenm281

    the whole project (Versus XIII and FF15) yes, but the actual development for FF15 which started from scratch, was in 2012, therefore, 4 years of development.

    They didnt spend 10 years developing it, they spent 10 years playing around, changing stuff, deleting stuff, and eventually had to start again from scratch due to hardware change.

  • ‘please insert disc 2’

  • Shinobuden

    I never played any of those games. The bit about .Hack was interesting though. As in how levels carried over and such. If that’s the case then I can see it working like that. Nonetheless, I’m still not sure how to feel about it since I’ve never played a game that’s worked like that, but I’ll reserve judgment until the time comes.

    Thanks for the examples and info!

  • King Zeus

    You know shit about FFXV’s develpment, do you?

  • stevenm281

    As I already told you, the 10 years development covered the whole project (Versus XIII and FF15), but the actual development for FF15 started from scratch in 2012, therefore, only 4 years of development.

  • stevenm281

    Indeed by looking at the article in the archives, he does say “More of Midgar”, I guess I misinterpreted his sentence with wishful thinking.

    However, the whole city could still become explorable, we shall see in the future.

  • Lucas Nóbrega Maia

    it’s not to worry , like he sayed , put a level cap and .Hack level system and it’s done.
    KH 0.2 worked closely to that , but it was essencially a demo , so with less functions.

  • Prompto is adorable~ <3

    This has me VERY concerned. Crisis Core is not only my #1 favorite Final Fantasy game, it’s actually my #1 favorite videogame *period,* due to its (IMO) perfect blend of great gameplay, great characters that make you quite attached to them, an emotionally gripping and moving story (including the full backstory on Zack, Aerith, Cloud, Sephiroth, and etc., plus the great meta story-within-story stuff as well), an *amazing* OST, etc. etc. (I could go on and on). So if he’s saying that Crisis Core is for some reason no longer ‘canon’ or something, I… don’t even know what to say, except that to call my current emotional state ‘supreme disappointment’ would be an understatement of astronomical proportions. What the heck is going on with Square……

  • Luke Watts

    The overarching story of Crisis Core is going to of course remain canon, and will (an assumption, but a safe assumption) be expanded on in the remake in far more depth than in the original, but obviously not as much as Crisis Core. Zack dates Aerith, Zack meets cloud, fights alongside Sephiroth, goes to Nibelheim – The general gist of it is safe, These plot points are just far to critical to be left out or changed to a huge degree.

    Ridiculous characters like Genesis and possibly (hopefully) angeal and a variety of other minor plot points will be left out.

    And ‘sorry not sorry’, but this is welcomed news for the VAST majority of the FF7 fanbase. Genisis was the single greatest skid-mark on the franchise.

    But there is some good news in this – Zack is a HUGE fan favourite. You will likely play as him in flashbacks etc. Remember – the cats out of the bag with Zack at this point. Zack’s presence in FF7 was a secret until towards the end of the game, now most people know all about him, this gives square no reason to keep it so big of a secret from a players perspective, so frees them up to integrate him into the game to much larger degree.

    Something to look forward to 🙂

  • Luke Watts

    Don’t hold your breath my friend.

  • Chapter 13.

  • stevenm281

    I guess I’m one of the few that actually liked Genesis.

    Angeal was lame however. And I’d love to see more of Cissnei.

  • Luke Watts

    If I had to bet on it, there will be a few more turks members apart from the original 4. This would be a good way of expanding on the universe and adding content without reaching for new material.

  • Eric Altman

    I think the point is that there isn’t room for ‘side-games’ like those to be carried over as side-games because they aren’t going to be 1-for-1 any more. In otherwords, their stories would be much better served by being contained in the main game’s storyline. So no Crisis Core, because at some point in FF7R, you’ll either see or play Zack’s story as opposed to it being simply referred to and shown in a separate game.

  • Luke Watts

    yeah exactly, but more content from crisis core will remain in the remake because it was a PREQUEL – whereas advent children and dirge where sequels so makes no sense to incorporate, say, kadaj, or deepground etc etc (my god.. if that deepground shit sees light in the remake I’m-a-be pissed)

  • xMysticx_the_stupid

    Lol same can’t be said for you.