At the PlayStation Experience this past weekend, Sony and Square Enix unveiled the first gameplay trailer for the game everyone’s been waiting for, the total remake of Final Fantasy VII.
With the PC version of the game launching on PS4 this weekend, Nomura-san and Kitase-san celebrated the news with the release of the first gameplay trailer.
The trailer shows off the famous train from the Sector 7 slums, the Sector 1 Mako Reactor, as well as some of Midgar. Not to mention the new fancy looking Guard Scorpion.
Of course, it’s worth noting that all of the footage shown is still a work-in-progress which is pretty damn awesome. What may not be so awesome however is the possible hint that Final Fantasy VII may be episodic.
In a press release for the above trailer, Square Enix added the following description of the game:
Square Enix debuted a new trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, Final Fantasy 7. The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.
So what could that mean? Fortunately Square Enix has revealed a little more detail on the episodic release in an interview with Dengeki Online, translated by Gematsu. Apparently, the reason for the game’s episodic release is so that content doesn’t get cut, and that it allows them to add more content.
In the interview, producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura said:
Kitase: “The idea that a remake of Final Fantasy 7 would not fit into a single release was there from the very beginning. We still can’t share more information about its multiple parts, but please look forward to future announcements.”
Nomura: “If we dedicated our time to a single release, parts of it would become summarised. We’d have to cut some parts, and additional parts would come in few, so rather than remake the game as a full volume, we decided to do multiple parts.”
Kitase: “As you can see in the trailer, we showed Sector 1 and Sector 8. But in those areas alone, I think you can see a lot of density. When you’re remaking the entirety of the original version in that quality, it’s not possible to fit it all in one release.”
So there you have it. We still have no idea how the game will be split up, whether it’ll follow the same three-disc split as the original game on PlayStation, or whether it’ll release in much smaller episodes. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Until then here’s a bonus video courtesy of GameXplain showing the new game compared to the original: