Sony Won't Say When Final Fantasy 7 Remake Exclusivity Ends

Senior PlayStation exec says it is not calling it an outright exclusive.


Sony has been coy about addressing the terms of its exclusivity deal with Square Enix for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PlayStation 4.

Speaking in an interview with GameSpot at E3, Jim Ryan, the chief executive of PlayStation Europe, was asked how long the exclusivity deal would last, which he would not comment on.

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Ryan was then asked to respond to a claim that Sony's deliberate vagueness is similar to Microsoft's when the company claimed that The Rise of the Tomb Raider was an Xbox One exclusive.

"That whole thing was very ambiguous," he said. "What we're not doing is saying it's an outright exclusive, which I think is a subtle difference [compared] to what happened last year."

During Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, Sony's Adam Boyes, VP of developer relations, revealed that the long-awaited remake of
Final Fantasy VII is finally happening.

According to Boyes, Tetsuya Nomura would be directing the remake, with scenario writer Kazuhige Nojima and producer Yoshinori Kitase also contributing.

A CG trailer showed Cloud and Barret walking through the slums of Midgar. In an interview with GameSpot, Nomura indicated that the story in the remake may deviate from the one set out in the original, suggesting the remake may be more of a reimagining.

“We’ve announced an HD port version on the PlayStation 4, and then we have the remake coming to PS4,” Nomura said through a translator. “You’ll have this extremely, very, very pretty FFVII existing on the same plane. We feel that if that happens, it’s like, why have the same exact game?

“We think that if a game is on a certain platform and that platform becomes obsolete, then we’d recommend playing the new port version,” he added.

During the interview, Jim Ryan also discussed Sony's faith in The Last Guardian, despite the development woes it faced, as well the current state of the PlayStation Vita.

You can read the full interview here.

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