In June of 2015, the Earth shook as Final Fantasy VII fans around the world stood to their feet, jumping and cheering, when the Final Fantasy VII Remake was finally announced during E3. When it was announced, we knew it would be a long way off. That was fine. We had a trailer; we had the promise; that was all that was needed.
It's been over a year and a half since that point, and now we're starting to get a little antsy. We certainly wouldn't expect the entire game to be finished by now, but Square Enix did reveal that it was going to release Final Fantasy VII Remake in an episodic format. Might we see the first episode some time in 2017? After all, it's the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII this year. The timing makes sense, right?
Well director Tetsuya Nomura was asked just that in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, and this is what he had to say (via gematsu):
“We’re steadily progressing on production. While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations.
“Last year, I didn’t put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go. But there are many titles releasing this year, if you can wait for any ‘surprises.'”
That's not exactly what we wanted to hear. We saw the words "I am very sorry," and "the wait will be a bit longer," so I think it's safe to say that we're better off getting comfortable and looking forward to everything else coming out in 2017. This writer's favorite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII, so you can bet that as soon as we learn more, we'll let you know. Stay tuned to WWG!