According to director Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix, the remake of Final Fantasy VII was announced way to early. In a recent interview, he explained why the company announced FF7 so early was because rumors of the project already started circulating. So, they announced the upcoming remake openly, rather than trying to keep it under wraps.
The remake of Final Fantasy VII has been in the works for quite a while now, with very little to show. Fans have been clamoring for any new details about the project, but Square Enix has been largely silent about the whole thing. Sure, there were screenshots and some trailers, but that’s about it. I’m sure a number of fans have been worried about the game’s future. Well, worry not, the game’s development is well on its way; it’s just not exactly near-finished. So, one can’t help but wonder why Square Enix decided to announce the game so far in advance.
That kinda came to light during the recent interview that Italian website Multiplayer did with director Tetsuya Nomura. Here’s what he had to say about the very early reveal of Final Fantasy VII (via Kingdom Hearts Insider): “I am well aware of the fact that we announced it too early, but even in the industry, word was beginning to spread that we were working on the game, so we just decided not to keep it more secret and officially reveal it.” So, basically, they were trying to keep ahead of the curve and the rumor mill. And, I would assume that all the extra attention that the project got once it went public probably didn’t hurt any.
Nomura also said: “Deciding when to announce your game to the public is always difficult. I understand why some companies wait as long as possible, and I definitely think it’s a good thing for them. But in our case, we receive pressure from the fans even when we do not announce anything.” Now, I’m not exactly sure how an early announcement lead to less fan pressure, but I assume that Square know what they’re doing. I guess we’ll have to wait and see when the remake of Final Fantasy VII to see for sure.