Final Fantasy 7 Remake Was A Surprise, Even To Its Director

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One of the best surprises of E3 2015 (weren’t it not for those meddling kids at Siliconera) was the reveal of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Part of the holy trinity that also included The Last Guardian and Shenmue 3 being revealed, Sony’s conference was quite the shocker. Tetsuya Nomura, character designer and battle visual director for the original Final Fantasy 7, was now named as director; a surprise even to the man himself, according to an interview with Famitsu (that was translated by Kotaku).

Nomura had known that Final Fantasy 7 Remake was in the works, he explains, as both him and the original game’s director Yoshinori Kitase were brought in to helm the new game’s pre-production. Somewhere in the process, Nomura went into an internal company presentation for the reveal video and did not anticipate that he would be named as the new director (seeing how he’s currently working on the “release date TBA” Kingdom Hearts 3 and had previously left Final Fantasy XV).

“So I called up Mr. Kitase and said, ‘It says that I’m the director for some reason,'” Nomura said. “To which he replied, ‘Of course it does,’” in which was described as “nervous laughter.”

It appears as though the direction of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake was, at the time of their initial presentation, up in the air, although Nomura is fully aware of his role on the task at hand. Even so, it solidifies the idea that this will be a release title late in the PS4’s life cycle (if it even appears at all). The fact that the official word on Kingdom Hearts III’s currently release schedule is that the game is “in development” offers little promise for even a guess in its development stage.

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By that logic, a CG trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake with, what looks like, Advent Children-level graphics as Nomura’s second-priority directorial project just has me wondering the thought process behind it. Why reveal it so early in its developmental stages? Why not put someone else in charge who can get it out sooner, rather than later? Why still release the PC version of Final Fantasy 7 on PS4 when a better version is on its way? Only time will tell, and it will assuredly take a lot of time.


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