It’s been two years since Square Enix came out Final Fantasy VII remakea modern retelling of its beloved 1997 PlayStation hit. Recording was an ambitious effort: a multi-year, multi-part project that closed its first full game for Midgar – the setting for the original’s opening scene, where most players spent a few hours. Now we know that the series will span three parts, the second of which, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, coming next winter.
With Final Fantasy VII remake, Square Enix had no interest in repackaging the same story in more beautiful packaging. As Recording ramps up to its conclusion it takes shocking freedoms; protagonists written to death in the original are either saved or painted as not-so-convicted. Producer Yoshinori Kitase wanted one much more “dramatic change in general”, but was spoken down by the game’s director, Tetsuya Nomura, and co-director, Naoki Hamaguchi.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will continue the new, more dramatic path. Players do not need to have experienced the original, or maybe even Recordingaccording to a statement from creative director Tetsuya Nomura: “New players can even enjoy starting theirs Final Fantasy VII travel with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. “
There is still a lot to learn about Rebirth, including the name form Square Enix adheres to. Nomura added that he “can not wait to share the intention behind naming the first title ‘Remake’ and the second title ‘Rebirth’.” The company is still tight-lipped about what the third and final installment will be. Is it a spoiler? Maybe. It feels very similar to Marvel’s refusal to name Avengers: Endgame until close to the release date.
There is also more Final Fantasy VII on the road. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is about to stay remastered for PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as for the PC and Nintendo Switch. The concise name Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade-which introduces ninja Yuffie in her own episode-is available on Steam from today with compatibility to Steam Deck.
Just one last question: Why will Yuffie not lighten up her shorts?