'Final Fantasy 7 Remake' release news: Square Enix to release first episode in 2017?

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While there had been expectations for the upcoming and much awaited “Final Fantasy VII Remake,” game developer and publisher Square Enix did not showcase the game in development in any way at the recently held Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016.

With that, rumor has it that Square Enix might be gearing up for the release of the remake game sometime next year. It is worth noting that the game has been previously announced to have a different format comparted to the original “Final Fantasy VII.”

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” game producer Yoshinori Kitase has talked about the fact that they would be releasing the remake of the classic game not in a one-game format, but rather in an episodic format, with the story getting divided into multiple games.

Kitase, who also worked for the original version of the game, said that they would follow the approach that they did for “Final Fantasy XIII,” which was also released in an episodic format, with three episodes overall.

“It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series,” Kitase said in an interview. “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.”

While he also teased that the remake would have the game see some “modernizations,” he promised that it would not lose the original feel and essence that it originally had.

“I, along with [Tetsuya] Nomura-san and [Kazushige] Nojima-san who are involved with the remake were also involved with the original ‘Final Fantasy.’ 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!” the game producer concluded.

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4.