Final Fantasy VII Remake is looking more and more like a PlayStation 5 game. Its development is also looking more and more like Final Fantasy XV Part 2. Our latest update on the project comes via a job listing -- as translated by Gematsu -- which gives us a vague idea of how things are going.
The description reads: "We are examining programs that implement general functions and contents for Final Fantasy VII Remake as necessary on the development team, and while we are reaching a satisfactory level in terms of reproducing the original title in high-quality graphics, we have come to the conclusion that we should aim for even higher quality in order to meet the expectations of fans."
It continues: "That said, we will tackle the production of this big title by establishing core members of various positions such as level planner, battle planner, designer, engineer, etc. including existing members of the development team. Interested applicants are expected to work as a core member."
In other words, it sounds like Square Enix is still busy putting the core development team together. Now, we've always known that remaking Final Fantasy VII -- one of the most beloved games of all time -- was never going to be an easy task. No matter how the project is handled, the finished product has no chance of sitting well with everyone. But as with Final Fantasy XV and its ten year development hell, you get the impression that Square's really struggling to find its footing.
After all, talented Japanese developer CyberConnect2 was originally helping out with the game before Square Enix decided to shift development to its internal teams. Since then, updates have been sparse to say the least.
Want to take a guess at when Final Fantasy VII Remake will actually launch? Keep your hair gel stored away in the comments section below.
It's crazy that they had a gameplay demo together pretty early which they showed at PSX, and then they pull the developer off it and scrap it all and sit twiddling their thumbs for a few years.
They prolly only had the models for Cloud and Barrett done when they made the trailer. Like, this is a 2020-21 release if we're being hopeful. It's that far off.
Only Square Enix could be capable of killing the hype for a remake of Final Fantasy VII. You'd think such a thing would be impossible, but nope. Square Enix.
Probably PS5 at this point. It is what it is though, looking forward to playing it when it comes.
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didn't they have to start again though after they cut ties with the production company they was working with (CC2 i think)
so a delay is to be expected, same as FFXV the version we got was only in development for 3 years after all
of course no one takes anything like that into account do they, they just complain because it doesn't come out exactly how and when they want it too
i would rather a game be delayed than to get buggy broken one ESPECIALLY a game as big and as well loved as FFVII, some people need to get of their high horses and learn some patience
Who GAF about this game anymore? Square needs to stop announcing games so early.
Tbh at this point, PS5 makes more sense if the game is being released in 3 parts. I remember the ps1 era when Square could knock out a new final fantasy every year. I hope this listing is not truly reflective of current progress because that would be ridiculous.
PS5 launch title.
@FullbringIchigo I'd rather Square just get its act together from the start. Yes, I do think a lot of this gets blown out of proportion like you say, but Square only has itself to blame. It's insane that we're even at this point with a remake that should be an instant win for everyone involved.
FF7R will launch in the middle of ps5 life lol
But seriously, they need to stop announcing games too early.
I'm just going to forget this exists and be pleasantly surprised if it ever eventually releases.
@Shepherd_Tallon Do you mean the original game, or the Platinum spinoff? Because the original is in fully english if you know how to grab it.
Yawn. It'll be another Kingdom Hearts 3. We'll hear about it every once in a while, which will remind us it exists and all of a sudden we'll get a release date and it'll be like "Oh. Ok."
@ShogunRok i think the main issue with the Remake is because people wouldn't stop bugging them about it they just announced it as soon as they had something to show to shut people up
should they have waited, yes but honestly i think i would have done the same as Square because it must be really annoying when no matter what game you announce all people were asking was "where is the FFVII Remake"
i think that in this case a good portion of the blame rests with the fan base
and besides no matter what they do with the remake i think most will moan about it anyway, even if it was the best game Square ever made people would still find fault with it because for some they can never be happy
as long as it's fun, i don't care how long they take or how it's released
"one of the most beloved games of all time " .... More like one of the most overrated games of all time. The only reason it gets so much hype is because it is the first 3D version on the PS. If it was not for that, it would never get near the attention that it does now.
@FullbringIchigo Agreed on your last point — as long as it turns out well, none of this really matters. That's the important thing.
I just wish it wasn't such a struggle.
@SilentS to be fair it was also the first ever released in the UK so over here it holds a lot nostalgia, it was the entry point to FF for a LOT of people
@ShogunRok that's just how it is now a days games either take too long to come out or they come out year on year and become bland and boring
Really wish you could swear on this site 😡 Shoula kept the Naurto guys on the battle system and just got on with it
It's like Square Enix and Sega take turns at going for the "untintentional incompetence related comedy" world record.
"Sega has released Yakuza 6 for free by mistake, let's see if we can top that; just chuck out a job advert asking for someone who knows what they are doing to redo the FFVII remake from the start."
@FullbringIchigo I will concede on that fact then. I will admit my own bias as well since I started with the first FF game on the NES and played each one in order as they came out here in Canada. Every person I knew back then who played FF7, and it was not their first one in the series, were not impressed with it.
@FullbringIchigo I'm a pretty big FF fan and I'm really looking forward to this remake. I'm also pretty patient about it and I understand things happen. And I'm sure this game will release eventually.
Thing is, and no offence, but you are pretty quick to defend SE for their handling of this, and FF15, and KH3 etc. To me these constant delays just tell me SE are not functioning as they should be and maybe they should take steps to get on top of that for their own benefit as well as ours. I think a lot of people are unfairly critical but at the same time when they are regularly showing projects and then rebooting them it does raise questions.
Dang i want play it sooner than later.. FF XV is decent game but driving is so horrible and loading time is too long waiting
@kyleforrester87 oh there is definitely something going wrong behind the scenes, Square are certainly NOT operating at their best but my point was that i think the fan base always blows things way out of proportion and makes things seem worse than they are
have Square made mistakes, yes did they handle them well, no but when you have a fan base that moans and complains about every little thing no matter how small then it's going to seem no matter what they do it's never right
take the FFVII remake, they dropped CC2 and moved everything in house and from what i read it's because CC2 wanted to make FFVII into something that Square didn't want such as Clouds character design Square wanted it more like the rest of the FFVII content but CC2 didn't, this means the game gets delayed but when it happens all the blame is put on Square and not on BOTH as it should be
the FF fan base is one of the worse in gaming along with the Zelda and CoD fan bases
i'm not defending Square per say they have made plenty of mistakes but then again no more than other major publishers, i'm just trying to level the playing field against an over bias and toxic community
Yet another game that "won" E3 for Sony that is nowhere near ready.
Im not a fan of remakes, and have no desire to buy this, but damn, SE is ridiculous with their development times. And this is supposed to be three parts!?
@YummyHappyPills "How much DLC will this need?"
It shouldn't' need any since they've already said it's going to be episodic, so I'm thinking 3 games, 1 year apart, $60 each. That's $180, should cover it. And no, I'm not even joking. What did FF13 parts 2 and 3 cost? FF7 could take about 100 hours for all of it, they can probably break that up into three 30 hour games. Though as much as I enjoyed those games I can't recall good breaking points, but it was on 3 discs, so that's probably a good place to start.
Hopefully they can get all 3 done before PS6 launches.
@rjejr Aeris getting dead is a great way to round off one of the games. /spoilerz
However, a hell of lot happens before then. So if everything up to that point was 1 game I'm not sure that the remaining 2 would be as well balanced.
But let's be honest if they've already rebooted development the talk of it being episodic has potentially gone out the window too, so I think we'd do best to take all that with a big pinch of salt.
@kyleforrester87All of episode one could take place in Midgar. If they add side quests and open it up more so it feel like its own world.
It just makes looking back at E3 2015 even more hilarious.
Yeah, it will be available on PS5.
Like others I expect it to be on the ps5 now, how long square now take to get games out is now beyond of joke, really expecting not too see kingdom hearts 3 till next year , hell it's square so it would be no surprise if it arrives on the ps5 instead.
Long road to launch... but i will wait
@SilentS How can it be one of the most "overrated" without also being one of the most beloved? What you're really saying is that it's beloved by loads of people but you don't like it (my gut tells me you got an N64 rather than a PS1, but that tragic backstory is a different matter). That's fine, but don't make the mistake of thinking your opinion is more worthwhile than anyone else's.
@kyleforrester87 if they fleshed it out a bit with side quests and whatnot getting to Nibelhieim would be a good place to end the first episode, the second could end when Cloud and Tifa get down and dirty under the Highwind then the rest on the third
that's IF it's still episodic like you said
@Shepherd_Tallon I know right? That game looks awesome!
@kyleforrester87 "But let's be honest if they've already rebooted development the talk of it being episodic has potentially gone out the window too"
Probably, but also potentially still in the plans. Considering their work with FFXV can you really see any scenario where this comes out as 1 complete game at release? By the time this comes out every game could be released episodically. They almost do that now w/ all the DLC every game seems to get these days, Frozen Wilds in H:ZD, Witcher 3 had 2 DLC story expansions that were each as long as some games. What's the difference between releasing a game in 3 parts and releasing The Witcher 3 and then 2 long parts after that? Same for Fallout 4 I think, all I really remember from that is the fog not working on PS4.
You can keep calling them games followed by DLC, I think I'm going to start calling everything episodic from now on. XC2 (on Switch) is getting an episode. Zelda BotW, a game that was years in the making and 2 years delayed, got another episode, Champions Ballad about 6 months after release. NNK2 despite being delayed twice is scheduled to get 2 more episodes I think.
On PS5 and X2 maybe all games will drop w/ the "DLC" label and all games will just be called episodic. DBXV2 had a season pass, now my kid is bugging me to buy a 2nd season pass, that's 6 packs for that game. May as well just call it episodic at this point. FFXV will be getting new episodes, FYI they actually title the DLC "Episodes," until the end of time.
FF7R won't be 1 and done, almost nothing is, there's no money in it.
Aerith does seem about the right place to end part 1. Part 2 would probably be just before the final battle, part 3 include all of the side character missions. Have you seen the 3 Hobbit movies? They took 1 300 page book and added about 300 more pages to turn it into 3 movies. It's possible they could pad out FF7 a bit while they're at it, surely some characters or side stories could be expanded. Maybe they'll release the main story as the game and all the side character missions as DLC months later, so it technically won't be episodic, but it will be drawn out with episodes.
I just hope I live long enough to see it end.
Come on guys, it's not as if Square has a history of taking ridiculously long times to make it's games 'cough' FFXV 'cough' Kingdom Hearts 3.
I'm certain we'll be playing this game by the time EA and Activision declare they are no longer selling loot boxes and Donald Trump says something sensible
@carlos82 "Donald Trump says something sensible"
don't say that because that means it will never come out
@rjejr Oh no I don't think FF7 remake will be released as one game at all. And to be honest, I think it suits multiple releases, given you can actually fly through FF7 really quickly - Costa Del Sol for example, you're there for all of 15 minutes. If they go to the trouble of recreating it in 3D I do want them to flesh out my stay there somehow. And that's just one area. But it's one of the big problems they are going to have modernising the game. A few pre-rendered backdrops stitched together with a fade to black becomes a lot more complicated to recreate in 3D while maintaining the same sense of scale and place.
Just saying though, given what we're hearing about the development reboot, it might be safe not to take anything for granted and throw any past information we got on the remake out the window and wait for them to reconfirm plans.
@Matroska Actually, I got both systems back then (Still have them both, as well as my launch copy of FF7). What I am saying is that the hype is mainly from the sole fact that it was the first one on the PlayStation that it got as popular/hyped as it did. If they swapped around 7 for either 8 or 9 in release order, 8/9 would have gotten the same treatment over 7 for the same reason. Claiming that it is "beloved" for that reason does make it overrated.
As for my "opinion over somebody elses", that goes both ways actually. For as many people who claim it is "beloved", there are almost just as many who think otherwise.
@FullbringIchigo yeah I thought Nibelhieim could be a good break for the first one. I was stuck so long on the Materia Keeper that everything after that point is like the second game to me anyway.
@kyleforrester87 Tell me about it but at least you can learn Trine from him
Yep. Finally beat him with a lucky role of Cait Siths dice. That guy is good for one thing, at least.
I just try to forget about this game, like TLG, so that I can be just as excited when they reannounce it for PS5.
Maybe we should all forget about this game.
When SE announced a FF, KH, or similar game.
Trolo troloololo trololololooo
@Kidfried What game?
I heard there will be 3 parts, if each takes 5 years to release, that will be PS6 by the time the final part of FF7 remake is out and half the development team would have turned senile from old age. Reminds me of James Cameron's Avatar sequels, he takes so long just to make one movie, he will most likely be dead before he finishes everything.
@kyleforrester87 Ah, thanks for the clarification. Sorry about the rant.
@SilentS You're right about the adverse reaction to those first timers to FF that picked up this game back then. I remember how there were so many sold and then returned because the hype was so big that gamers (who weren't into RPGs) thought it was a completely different type of game!
@get2sammyb Well, after seeing the gameplay demo, I'm glad they scrapped it and started again.
As a huge FF7 fan I was hyped for the remake but now I've lost interest it's a PS5 title for sure now but when it does come out well probably have Last of us part 3 and Horizon zero Dawn 3 at this point
@KingdomHeartsFan why? just play FF7 HD.
This is seriously just becoming a joke.
@rjejr thanks for giving me nightmares. I see this remake as a big big dissapointment already.
@FullbringIchigo Its all about making as much money as possible this will turn into a servicegame. With their FF 15 Royal downloadcode edition.
@Flaming_Kaiser Sorry. I'm a huge FF7 fanobi, one of the few games I say that about, and my enthusiasm for this game has gone from "It's over 9,000!!" to "I don't care anymore, it's not going to release until I'm dead".
@KingdomHeartsFan I've said it before but I think they should just go mad with it. As you said the HD version of the original exists for purists. Why not take the chance to go a bit crazy.
@KingdomHeartsFan wouldn't be surprised if it is at least 2020. Don't see it next year, so..
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