'Final Fantasy VII' remake: Yoshinori Kitase explains episodic release

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The classic favorite from the glory days of the first PlayStation console is finally making its way to the current generation of gaming. “Final Fantasy VII” will be remade for the PlayStation 4 console. However, fans had mixed reactions when game developer and publisher Square Enix announced that they will be releasing the game as a “multi-part” series. How does that actually work? Game producer Yoshinori Kitase explains.

In a recent blog post, Kitase explained that the decision to split the remake of the classic hit into multiple parts is because of the improvements that the current technology in gaming brought upon to the game. According to him, the remake was only made possible these days because such technology enabled them to do a from the ground up remake. The improved version resulted in a size of the content that cannot be squeezed into a single game, lest they end up sacrificing quality.

“One thing that we wanted to be clear about during this weekend to accompany the new trailer was the scale of this project,” Kitase explained further. “We wanted to tell you this now and not in the future so that you’d share our vision for what we want to deliver. The biggest reason why we haven’t done a remake until now is because it’s a massive undertaking to reconstruct ‘Final Fantasy VII’ from the ground up with the current technology. Producing a proper HD remake of ‘Final Fantasy VII’ that maintains the same feeling of density of the original would result in a volume of content that couldn’t possibly fit into one instalment.”

“We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that ‘Final Fantasy VII’ remake will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision. If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of ‘Final Fantasy VII.’ We knew none of you would have wanted that.”

Kitase ended with saying that they “like delivering surprises.”

The “Final Fantasy VII” remake for the PS4 is under development. No release date has been announced so far.