We learned recently that the release of the Final Fantasy 7 remake is still a long way away, with Square Enix basically saying that the game would release at some point within the next 3 years. That certainly isn’t news that will be getting fans excited, but this latest information might. Square Enix has revealed that they have shifted development back to them entirely, with their collaboration with CyberConnect2 coming to an end.
This was announced during a Mobius Final Fantasy 7 livestream by Project Lead Naoki Hamaguchi, who said that “The information is already available online, but I’ve taken charge on the development side for Final Fantasy VII Remake. As for the whole story, (it’s a sensitive topic, but) until now, development was moving forward with external cooperation, but the company has decided to shift to an internal setup, including mass production and quality, because we want to control everything, including quality, on a stable schedule. (I won’t be leaving Mobius Final Fantasy.)”
The fact that the game’s development is shifting back completely to Square Enix is good news, as it ensures that they have full control and will hopefully make the game as good as it can be. Whether this will impact the game’s development schedule or not remains to be seen, as they’ll be replacing the external developers with internal ones. Hopefully this will lead to a smoother production and will lead to a release that is much sooner than 3 years from now.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake was originally revealed during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. It was a huge announcement considering that fans had been begging for a remake for years. However, Square Enix is certainly going to be taking a different approach with the game, revealing at one point that the game would be releasing in several parts. Despite an episodic release worrying longtime fans, the company has assured that each part would be the length of a full game.