Posted Thu Apr 7, 2016 at 06:12 AM PDT by Justin Clark
There's something to be said about being careful what you asked for, one supposes. When Square Enix first announced 'Final Fantasy VII' would be remade, most assumed it'd be a single, beautiful game. Then came word that they would be splitting the game into episodes. Which is irksome, and unless you're Telltale or Dontnod, it's kind of a useless trend. But, okay, there's logical story points or the split. And long as it came out to $60, all's good.
Welp, according to the new issue of Game Informer, Square Enix's is gonna milk this to its fullest. The 'Final Fantasy VII' Remake is now not one, but THREE full length 60 hour games, comparable now to what they did with 'Final Fantasy XIII'.
"It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series," states Yoshinori Kitase. "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."
There's two ways to interpret this news. To stay on the positive, there's the unspoken tone here that Kitase and his crew are really planning to rejigger the story and get super ambitious with the story, which would definitely make the remake worthwhile beyond just a graphical overhaul. And lest we forget, the footage we saw at Playstation Experience last December really does look fantastic so far. So, there's that. But on the flipside, real talk here, folks, when has Square Enix ever been good at maintaining a singular narrative for three games straight. Even the folks who enjoyed the 'XIII' games recognized the severe whiplash of quality between all three games.
So, yeah. there's a good chance this could turn out to be a hyper-ambitious complete overhaul. Or a shallow, watered down cash grab. Either way, Square Enix is not doing a great job keeping the unbridled enthusiasm from last year's E3 at optimal levels.
Source: Game Informer
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