Parts of Final Fantasy VII Remake development further along than Kingdom Hearts III By Erren Van Duine on July 18, 2017 at 4:07 PM

Following news of Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s shift toward internal development, director Tetsuya Nomura shared a few updates on the game in this week’s Famitsu.

“Although there are parts [of Final Fantasy VII Remake] further along than Kingdom Hearts III, such as cutscenes, it is unlikely we’ll share information for a while as we switch from mainly external to mainly internal development,” he told the magazine. He also explained that project lead Naoki Hamaguchi – highlighted in recent recruitment postings – has been attached to the project from the beginning and is a member of Business Division 1.

“I, on the other hand, am not a member [of Business Division 1], so the person who is putting Business Division 1 in order concerning Final Fantasy VII Remake is Hamaguchi. Similarly, there is Tai Yasue of Business Division 3. In that sense. I am sort of like a cross-sectional mercenary not tied to a Business Division. If I belonged to a Business Division, I would basically be working full-time at that Business Divison, so it’s a system that lets me take on various jobs, including requests from other companies.”

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

Via: Gematsu.

  • Take your time. Do it right. Like sex.

  • stevenm281

    so I guess cutscenes development is doing well, its the gameplay that is behind.

  • Patrick Bateman

    fuck finally SOMETHING lol even if it’s just a nugget of info. sucks we’re probably going to have a dry spell of seeing anything new though for a while…i hope they can at least compile a small trailer of the cutscenes to hold us down till gameplay catches up!

  • Randy

    Is he going to be edged out like the way FF Xiii Versus thing? God i hope not.

  • Dod

    Please. Don’t. Tease. Us. Anything. That. Won’t. Be. In. The. Final. Game. Thank. You.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Just using one sentence instead of this nonsense would also works to deliver the message. That is: is Square Enix was listening to what we have to say here, because they do not.

  • Krijn van Alten

    As long as it doesn’t slows down the development of XVI, I am all for it.

  • Well 16 wont come out till 2020 since kh3 and FF7r need finishing.

  • Dod

    Thanks for this enlightening reply.

  • 2me

    SQ: This move allows Tetsuya Nomura to focus his full efforts as the director of other highly anticipated titles.

    News: Today, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII Remake has a new director.

    Tabata: There are four main… ah, sorry three points have changed!

  • Rivershield

    Damn, I got a boner… You can’t say stuff like that while having such a seductive Tifa as your profile picture.

  • My bad. But to be fair we all need a little Tifa in our lives.

  • Rivershield


  • Krijn van Alten

    I hope that they treat VII remake Just as the X/X-2 remaster and just continue with the development of main titles without waiting for those remasters. And also: what should be a better way then to celebrate this 30th anniversary with at least a first teaser of XVI?

  • Krijn van Alten

    You are welcome!

  • Idk i want 16 but only if its written as well ad 9 and 10 were. No plot holes no rando-plot twists like with Prompto.

  • stevenm281

    So :
    Business Division 1 = FF7 Remake
    Business Division 2 = FF15
    Business Division 3 = KH3
    Business Division 5 = FF14

    I know there are a total of 12 divisions at Square Enix, what are they up to these days? Remastering? FF16? Mobile games? Anyone knows?

  • Unholy Impetuous Ritual Plague

    Still waiting to see how many parts this game will be.

  • Lucas Nóbrega Maia

    I guess one is in charge of mobiles , one with Dragon Quest and we still have the Avengers game……….
    Still , it’s 4 Divisions left with nothing to do I guess………

  • stevenm281

    Completely forgot about Dragon Quest when I wrote my previous comment, and the 11th entry is my most anticipated title and seem to be the best JRPG this generation.

    I also forgot about the Avengers game, but no surprise there, I have no interest in it.

  • Randy


  • Noctis Leonhart Strife

    I trust Nomura’s direction. I hope he stays on the boat, and do not abandon him. Better than it was done in XV I believe it will be, and they will not want to make the same mistakes. FFVII Remake needs to tell the story well. In FFXV you arrived at the destination of the mission, nor had dialogues, everything was extremely fast, already cut to the next chapter very quickly. The meeting of the Noctis team with Iris in the hotel for example, was very strange, I had impression that I was playing a spin-off of what would be the FFXV. Already FFVII was known for its surprising dialogues, its well-told story, Tifa’s long conversations with Cloud in 7th heaven for example, and finally several memorable moments, which were expected to have in XV, and everything was so poorly done and Fast.

  • Josh Asher

    Well there’s mobile and the various franchises such as SaGa, Mana, I think Dragon Quest, etc

  • stevenm281

    I agree that the story felt rushed.

    I still want my cutscene for the attack on Lestallum to give a better sense of the presence of the empire in the game, a better sense of the terror they cause to the population of Lucis, etc.

    I want to see the attack on Tenebrae, could we control Ravus while it happens? Idk, but so many wasted opportunities.

  • Krijn van Alten
  • Krijn van Alten

    But that is never a guarantee, no matter of they make if now or 10 years after VII remake.

    But It’s not really that I want a XVI release like this or next year, it’s more that I want SE to show us a first sign that they are actually working on the game. Because there is no doubt in my mind that they do.

  • Krijn van Alten

    What you can clearly see in this pic that a lot of divisions are working on multiple games at once,

  • stevenm281

    Thank you for this!

  • Well if nothing else they need to remind people that they’re not out of ideas and can more fun games again. And not just milk what they did well back before that Mistwalker guy left.

  • Noctis
  • Noctis Leonhart Strife

    The game had a lot of potential but was extremely wasted. Nothing justifies the dialogues between the characters having been so quick, so poorly explained. The game would need a new story told in the same universe, but with different events, the same characters but a new approach to the plot, Noctis could also act different colder and more serious, closer to the personality of the Versus XIII Noctis. I wanted to see more of the empire, they missed a great fight opportunity between Prompto and Versatael in the DLC, but I did not like the way it was put, anyway everything in this game seemed like a spin-off, a filler episode. The lack of CGs also greatly damaged that old feeling that referred us to the FF of the PS1 era and PS2. They missed several opportunities for epic moments. Another point was the lack of difficulty in the main battles of the missions, they took all emotion every game, in fact even with all difficulty they had in the production could have added cutcenes. Some were already ready and were simply cut from the game, Noctis child with his father, Noctis scene with Leonis Color, Luna’s past. These scenes appeared in the trailers of the beginning, with Tabata already in the direction and were cut without sense. Maybe it’s being very hard with so many criticisms I know, although it’s a good game, but having shown scenes and taken them was not cool, left with a bitter taste in the mouth, never do this Square-enix.

  • Lucas Nóbrega Maia

    I agree man.
    It was rushed and wasted some chances

  • Krijn van Alten

    ‘That Mistwalker guy’? You mean the creator of the Final Fantasy series, so I think a bit more respect is in order.

  • Dod

    I don’t really understand why the BD1 handles the whole remake since BD3 has members with a ton of experience on the original FFVII as well (Hashimoto, Nomura).

  • Dod

    Weeell.. yes, our FFXV was basically a spin-off of Nomura’s Versus XIII which was supposed to be absolutely amazing. They had a much darker and complete story in mind than the dumbed down, cringy stuff we had. The “Omen” trailer that we all saw, days before XV was released is actually showing events from Versus XIII, which of course don’t exist in the original game.

    That being said, I think everyone at Square Enix know they can’t afford to fail with this Remake as they would probably lose a lot more credibility, reputation and long time fans. VII is a colossus of the video game industry with a ton of people worldwide considering it like the best game ever created so I can only imagine what would happen if things go wrong this time.

    Fingers crossed !

  • I just don’t feel like spelling his whole name. Besides till he stops avoiding PS4 i cant respect him but so much. I played last story and lost odyssey but i had mixed feels. If he wants me on his dick, hes gonna have to do better.

  • stevenm281

    While I do respect the guy for his past accomplishments, he hasn’t done anything worthwhile since FF9, so unless he comes back to Sony’s console where his market is, and stop acting so butthurt over Sony’s higher ups, I don’t think we owe him anything.

    The reason we still got FF is not because of him, its because of the Enix merger. If it’d be him, the series and studio would be closed now.

  • I think he has skill but yeah, its childish to never make games on sony systems like hes doing. Maybe in the future…

  • NoctLightCloud

    I feel like this information should not be made public.

  • NoctLightCloud

    We have Yoshinori Kitase too 🙂 that man has some true old SquareSoft-knowledge.

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Yeah Tetsuya says things he shouldn’t in interviews all the time.

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Yeah but what the hell are the Ivalice team working on?

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Ever heard of hyperbole?

  • Krijn van Alten


  • Krijn van Alten

    I can’t miss it, but I can’t see a specific Ivalice team on my infograph. But from some original XII staff members it know something:

    Yasumi Matsuno, one of the writers, is now working on a XIV: Stormblood. raid with the interesting name ‘Return to Ivalice’. No other information was given so far, but the first result will show up somewhere end October.

    The other writer, Daisuke Watanabe, is now doing the scenario for Mobius: FF.

    Director Hiroyuki Ito was until resent busy with overseeing the XII remaster. No word on what he is doing now, but he is also mentioned in the list of ‘special thanks’ for the ‘new’ Dissidia game.

    The other director for XII, Hiroshi Minagawa, was also busy with the XII remaster, but is now also part of the XIV team

    Producer Akitoshi Kawazu also was recently busy with XII remaster.

    Artist Akihiko Yoshida unfortunately left SE, and is now working on a game called ‘Unsung Story’ for mobile devices.

    Artist Isamu Kamikokuryo is attached to the XV universe now, although he did some promotional artwork for XII remake.

  • Krijn van Alten

    So, to make a long story short: the Ivalice team doesn’t exist anymore. Remember, the original XII was released in 2007, then SE still had a different business model. this model as can be seen in my link is after the restructure of their model in 2013. So it is save to say that non of the teams from before that time still exist in their original form.

  • Dami Fatale

    Control Ravus? No, let’s make episode Aranea the Tenebre expansion. I want to play as Aranea rescuing the citizens of Tenebre, with Biggs, and Wedges help.

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Ito must be working on XVI. I believe. However there are titbits of info that suggest it.

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Well that explains that then.