Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Multiple Full-Sized Games

Final Fantasy XIII being used as the blueprint for the multi-part releases.

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Square Enix has clarified the episodic structure of its Final Fantasy 7 Remake, stating it will be comprised of multiple, full-sized 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 instalment--or rather, instalments," Game Informer's writer states. "When the project was first announced, people were confused by its multi-part 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 multi-part series. In XIII, each instalment 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 multi-part 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.

For more on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is in development for PlayStation 4, check out the stories below.

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    S0LIDUS311

    Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Multiple Full-Sized Games uh what? FF7 is a full sized game.... release multiple discs if you have to, you god damned crooks.

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    CRAPCOM1926

    **** this shit i wont pay 60$ for each part ><

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    absolut1l

    My God.. People already whining about this? We know almost nothing about it yet. From what we've seen, it looks to be an exact remake without the technological constraints of the early 90's. How does this look like an action game? There's still an obvious action menu there. It looks like a turn based game without the old, stale, awkward random battle system where all the characters and enemies just stand in one spot and politely take turns. The only reason the whole random battle thing ever existed in games was because of technological constraints. It would be retarded to make a full AAA game, especially a remake like this and make it exactly the same as the original. If you want FFVII with better graphics, learn to mod the PC version because it can be done. What they are doing is opening a portal into the world of FFVII. It's the atmosphere, characters, story and themes that place the game among the most nostalgic in history. Being able to walk around in this world and experience the same story but without the constraints of the early 90's is one of the most amazing experiences I can think of. However they decide to recreate the battle system and the game in general, I will love it. This entitled gamer bullshit is depressing. No matter what they do, so many of you will whine and complain. As if it's all about you. It's not about you. It's about one of the most beloved games and franchises in the world. The people who made it, and the company that owns it have the right to do as they please. Nobody gives a shit if your feeling are hurt because they didn't make it exactly as you remember it. It's asinine to criticize the project at this point. It doesn't take a genius to realize what they say is true. It's too large to release as one single title with modern graphics. Think about how many scenes and conversations there were in the original. Countless pre-rendered backgrounds now have to be entire, explorable 3D environments. The game was 3 Discs for Christ sake, all the way back in the 90's. If you don't like what they release, then don't buy it. Go cry in a corner or something. Nobody cares how you think it should be. It will be as it is and myself and most others will appreciate the fact that they took the time and effort and resources to rebuild the entire game rather than slapping pretty graphics on with outdated game-play.

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    Zeromanzero

    Disappointed. I played ff7 and I don't believe it is that big compared to today's game. But I love arpgs and they have basically already earned my hard earned green.

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    EmulateG0D

    I don't get why people are assuming this game is an action RPG? From the trailer I saw the battle system menu showed attack magic items etc. usually arpgs do not usually have those and the action slots look a lot like FFXIII, All the people complaining about every little tweak and change is not forced to buy this game. You like the original or the semi updated ps4 and steam versions then just play those games. I on the other hand am so damn excited about this. As long as the story is still amazing and battle system is fun I'll pay for and buy any episodes and games they want to release.

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    diabolicflame93

    It would be fine if each were a full game, but this could go wrong in so many ways. By the time the last episode is released no one will even care about the whole of the game. And I really don't want to pay $180 for one full game :(

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    edhc44

    Jesus christ, what the hell is wrong with ALL of you? You complain for 10 years about the absence of this remake. You also complain that remakes SHOULDN'T BE just revamped graphics. And now, you complain that FFVII Remake is gonna be a thing and all you wanted were updated graphics with a 20-year-old gameplay. There are people literally saying they wanted the "cash-grab" version. I guess I should consider myself lucky that S-E isn't paying attention to your bullshit.

    Morons.

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    LagunaX1

    A cash grab would be taking the game, keeping it exactly the same and just upgrading the graphics to make money from the fans. Here the creators don't want to do a boring project where they make the same game they made years ago.

    If I was in their position and I was given the opportunity to re-create a game I made twenty years ago, I would definitely make use of current technology to create what I originally envisioned. The original FF7 was NOT a fully realized perfect game, it was clearly held back by technology of the time. Now it doesn't have to be.

    Snap out of your child's mentality of "If it's not what I want it's a cash grab!" You've pretty much seen nothing of the game and you're ready to call it a failure because it's not exactly what you wanted. Pathetic.

    That being said, the game could very well suck lol But I do think they are trying and not sticking 100% to the original is a good move.

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    Lightposte

    @LagunaX1: "A cash grab would be taking the game, keeping it exactly the same and just upgrading the graphics...."

    I guess the FFIX PC port is a sort of cash grab....

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    Realmsbeyond

    zzz

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    keldarironfist

    So what was a turn based JRPG, a shining example of it's genre, will now be turned into an episodic action game. Well I guess old final fantasy fans, especially the ones, who ya know, like real turn based JRPG's and uh....full games should just go away?

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    ssjdra

    Good god all they had to do was modernize the graphics and re-release the game. Why did they have to make things so hard on themselves?

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    datriax

    This is going to be the gaming blunder of the century. Yes, this early into the century, this will already take the prize.

    How you have a game that so many people just want to be done "simple" justice, and then take it and turn into Dr. Mindbender's lab experiment in marketing, is beyond me.

    This should be the easiest of the easy remakes of all time. Instead, like everything else out it does, SE turns into some ungodly abomination that should be aborted right now before it develops any further into the gaming antichrist.

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    AyatollaofRnR

    So are they going to charge $60 per episode?

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    It is obvious episode one will end at the death of Aeris, episode two at the death of Hojo and part three will be open world style mission until you choose to battle Sephiroth

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    ag_04

    To me it all depends on how much new content is added to justify 3 parts. I already own the PSX original and steam version so I won't buy a carbon copy story/gameplay wise for 180 €.

    I wonder though what "liberties" they will take on shaping the story. Will you be able to make decisions? Will you be able to save Aeris? Will there be a good or a bad ending (a true bad ending) depending on your playthrough? Or will they make it 100% linear?

    In the end they cannot please everyone and this will probably end up with a 30-40% metacritic score, but I have faith I may be one of those who I actually like this. We'll see.

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    lionheartssj1

    As long as the first one is Final Fantasy VII....ALL OF IT! If they start breaking the game into multiple parts I will pass. I'm sure they won't miss my small contribution, but I don't want to wait for all installments to finish the story the original release covered.

    I've heard arguments that it's ok because the original was split across multiple discs, but that is a weak argument. That was just an issue of storage space on the media. Could you imagine back then if they only released one disc at a time? Geesh.

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    Crossel777

    Here's why I don't think Disc 1 is going to be a full game for the remake. The problem is, Disc 1 practically had about probably 80% of the entire games assets in terms of areas you can visit. The vast majority of areas could be accessed in disc 1. Therefore I can only assume that the game isn't going to be made into full games based on each disc. But rather have bite sized chunks taken out of it and expanded upon greatly. I think Midgar being as huge as it is, can be made into one full game. So maybe the first game is Midgar and possibly a bit after you escape Midgar. They're probably going to have to add new story elements for the end of each game for it to be satisfying, an enemy for each of them that can serve as a final boss fight, each with it's own ending. Because it would be rather bland if the first game just ended with Cloud and crew just staring off into the distance after escaping Midgar.

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    @Crossel777: but the first midgr part is like ... 4 r 5 hours long ... they will add a lot of side mission then

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    GamerYnoX

    Could work if they tell the story of Crisis Core too..

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    Scarf0

    @GamerYnoX: that's what I was thinking. Zack's story plays an very important part to Cloud's story.

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    sev2010

    So to my understanding, they're going to release a series of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Not an episodic game, but a game that has a squeals of its own.

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    zakhaev1

    @sev2010: If they add in Crisis Core and a playable Advent Children, I can see this as genius move

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    leeko_link

    "When the project was first announced, people were confused by its multi-part nature, but the goal is to structure it more like Final Fantasy XIII than an episodic series."

    SQUARE ENIX: In other words we are turning a game that you like into games that you don't like, hahaha give us money.

    So does this mean all the open fields are going to have invisible walls now? Cross your hands and hope for it.

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    Simba13

    @leeko_link: As soon as you mention the awful FF XIII series in the same breath as this, its the kiss of death for many original fans of FF VII.

    As someone else said, "all they needed to do was upgrade the graphics of the original release". That's what we all wanted to throw money at them for, easy.

    Squeer said for years that a remake couldn't happen, now they are going to do it, it STILL isn't going to happen as fans requested it!

    I'm trying to keep an open mind and the graphics do look great, but I still worry about all the story and content changes they have in mind.

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    sev2010

    @leeko_link:" In other words we are turning a game that you like into games that you don't like, hahaha give us money."

    How did you glean that from his quote?!

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    Pass...

    Can't even do the easiest money making remake right these days. Every company just wants to milk you dry, it's just not acceptable. Keep your damn remake if this is how you plan on doing it, back when ff7 came out it was on 3 discs and one game sale, now it's okay to sell us it in parts? Basically....

    F**k off scumbags

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    horizonwriter

    @Frogster8: Well we could wait for the entire game and hope to see it by 2020 or let them do it this way. If each "piece" will indeed be a full sized game by FF standards (at least 40 hours) then I can do it a chunk at a time. You also might want to keep in mind that FFVII was done in a time when they didn't have the technology to significantly advance the battle system or offer an option outside of the ATB and turn-based combat, had no voice acting and simply had to translate from a 2D world to 3D. Probably a significant pain back then but it only took them 3 years to make it and it was nothing compared to taking it from what it was on the PSX to something worthy of today's technology nearly 20 years later. Besides if you've played through the original anytime soon you know that while the story was decent for it's time it needs some fleshing out to be viable now. Standards are a lot higher and that's going to take some rewriting and expanding to meet.

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    luert

    to me it looks good, just can't seem to figure out wether it's real time combat or turn based

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    sev2010

    @luert: Based on what I can gather from the trailer, the combat system is closer to an action-RPG game.

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    seanwil545

    So is this going to be 3 $60 purchases, each a complete game but from a different angle?

    If so, I'm likely to pass altogether rather than becoming vested. I don't have that sort of gaming time nor am I willing to spend that much on FF.

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    Scooby_Dooo

    @seanwil545: How about the $279 Ultimate Collector's Edition of Final Fantasy XV?

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    franzito

    The more I hear about it, the more cold feet I get. Are SQEX really into nostalgia or just going for profits? I hardly believe it's both by now.

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    VS_Shield

    God if anything please take inspiration from FF10 and NOT 13!!! I'll take it if it feels like 10, at least...better than nothing.

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    zintarr

    This sounds like watered down shit.

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    BarcaAzul

    I'm getting lost here. Is this a cash, time or profit issue?

    Im guessing all 3, but I'm not sure it's related to size, as you normally go down the multiple Disc route for that.

    I'll wait and see how this pans out, but this makes me nervous over the remake.

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    Suaron_x

    @fnewbee: You do realize that the original game had many concepts edited it out of it. The original story concept didn't include Aerith's death at the end of disk 1. Games today are still pretty large without CGI-movies.

    The first episode could focus more on Barrett, or it can go back in time and re-visit the story told in Crisis Core. Midgar was a multilayered city and there's so much they could do expanding the environments and side-quest to justify making one game about Midgar only. They might model this game more like Tomb Raider or Metal Gear. They could even switch gears completely and make the first game where you play mainly as Sephiroth before his fall. Once you leave Midgar you can make a huge open world game akin to Skyrim or The Witcher 3. The second story can focus on Cloud or Tifa. The last game will probably follow the time traveling paths of FF13-3 or Valkryie Profile. I'd think they'd want to save Cloud for the last game, but they could introduce a completely new character or if they keep him go with Red 13.

    Besides if you are worried about being milked, I'm sure they'll make a collection of all 3 games eventually.

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    Simba13

    @Suaron_x: Following your ideas about what they COULD do, then it won't be a FF VII REMAKE at all will it!

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    uchihasilver

    All of us FF7 fans wanted a remake and now many of you moan about it . . . no one should have expected a 1:1 remake that was obvious

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    Tangsta03

    @uchihasilver: That doesn't mean abusing our desires is ok. You can choose to be naive if you want, but many of us have been around long enough to know when a company plans to screw us for more money.

    Kitase stuffed up with FF13, now he wants another chance and the only way he knew he'd get it is by using the hype from a beloved game. It's clear now he has little respect for how much FF7 means to everyone, he just wants to take advantage of that to greenlight more FF games to keep himself relevant.

    IF I HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN NO FF7 REMAKE AND THIS NONSENSE, I WOULD ACTUALLY CHOOSE NO FF7 REMAKE!

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    neatfeatguy

    Eh...they can keep their crappy looking remake and "full game" episodic FF7 games. I hated the rail game that was FFXIII and this doesn't look any different.

    I'll enjoy my original FF7 PSX game if I want to relive Final Fantasy 7.

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    @neatfeatguy: but he game is pretty much on rail too ... you can't explore that much if t all until you have the broke air plane and even then it only let you do one side quest ...

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    ferna1234

    maybe i'll be watching lets plays instad of buying ):

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    keithlemon

    Did the original have 3 discs ? Maybe they split will be at the discs

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    seanwil545

    @keithlemon:

    This is a design choice, not a storage limitation like we had on the PS1.

    Those 3 PS1 discs comprised the complete game for a single purchase, this is likely to be 3 $60 purchase...or close to it.

    It could be a lot less for all I know, but it'll cost something.

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    akumous

    This is by far the biggest mistake this company is doing with a beloved, respected, and the most iconic RPG of our generation. Square Enix, if we have waited decades for this remake then we will wait even more for a completed version. We do not want multiple disc releases; we prefer a complete game and if that game cost more than 60 bucks then we will pay it. If the standalone game cannot fit on one disc then we gladly accept one package with multiple discs.

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    Jag-T1000

    This is gonna take forever

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    ranbla

    Good, I guess. I was definitely not interested in an episodic treatment. As long as each game is truly standalone, I'll keep it on my list of games to consider. Still not going to put it on my must-buy list yet.