In a recent interview for Famitsu Magazine, Final Fantasy VII remake director Tetsuya Nomura said the game’s release is still not in sight. There’s a lot of work to be done, and the team are dedicated to making a game that will “meet your expectations”, instead of pushing it out as soon as possible.
The interview was mostly about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game, but he did answer a question about the FFVII remake. When asked about the state of development, Nomura said:
We’re steadily progressing on production. While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations. Last year, I didn’t put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go. But there are many titles releasing this year, if you can wait for any ‘surprises’.
In case you haven’t been following, the remake will follow the story of the original closely. You’ll play as Cloud, an eco-terrorist fighting against his former employer, the Shinra corporation. The footage that was shown to the public demonstrated a fighting system that’s similar to the one in FFXV. No more turn based combat, it seems. On the other hand, we’ll be able to control more than one character here.
The visual style of the game is getting a complete reworking as well, with the remake being made in Unreal Engine 4. At this point, it has only been confirmed as coming to Playstation 4, but that doesn’t mean Xbox or PC version are out of the question. The latter especially, given how well Square have been treating PC users lately.