If there’s one game that people have demanded over and over again to be remade, it’s Final Fantasy VII. In recent years, fans of the game have dreamed of getting a proper remake, but neither Sony or Square Enix fulfilled the deed. In fact, there was only teasing. During the Sony E3 2005 press conference, the game’s intro was shown off but only as a tech demo. At PlayStation Experience last December, Sony revealed that Final Fantasy VII would indeed come to PlayStation 4. As a port of the PC version, that is. Yup, the ultimate troll. Finally, during their E3 press conference this year, Sony got its head on straight and unveiled the Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer. While the trailer looks stunning, Sony should not have released it this year. Square and Sony will no doubt knock this remake out of the park but with so many games on the back burner, it is a real possibility that we may not see this game for a long long time.
One major reason why we won’t be seeing this remake for a long time is because of who the director is. Tetsuya Nomura was once the director of the upcoming installment Final Fantasy XV and was even the main character designer. That game still does not have a release date (maybe Gamescom?). Last September, Nomura left Final Fantasy XV to focus on the long awaited title, Kingdom Hearts III. While new gameplay footage was revealed at E3 this year, there is currently no release date. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A few days ago it was reported that Nomura himself didn’t even know he was directing the Final Fantasy VII Remake. In an interview with Japanese magazine, Famitsu, Nomura said “As pre production went along and I offered my opinions on what I thought should be done, Mr. Kitase, would ask me how the individual elements should be adjusted in fine detail. It was very perplexing.”
When Nomura saw this name as director in the credits there was definitely a state of confusion. “So I called up Mr. Kitase and said, ‘It says that I’m the director for some reason.’ To which he replied, ‘Of course it does.’’ With Kingdom Hearts 3 long in development and no release date in sight, it seems unlikely that we’ll see the Final Fantasy VII Remake in the next two to three years. It would be great to have the remake coincide with the original’s 20th anniversary, but that appears to be unrealistic at the moment.
It’s hard to say, but Sony may have another Last Guardian on their hands. It would not be shocking to see this game pop up sporadically at major gaming events. At the same time, it’s likely that it may disappear for a few years with no news on development process. With Nomura busy with another title that has been long in development and no release date, the Final Fantasy VII Remake should have been held for next year or the year after.