With the 26th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, producer of Final Fantasy VII Remake Yoshinori Kitase talked up what fans can expect as the remake project continues.
One of the questions asked about changes they have already done, such as the fate of certain characters being changed when the film Advent Children aired. Here Kitase revealed the team’s thought process on their work for the remake.
“We approached the FF7 Remake project with the aim to make it something that could be enjoyed by both fans of the original game and people who did not know it.” Kitase said to VG247.
“I have also had experiences where a game that I loved and had a lot of fun with in the past was remade, and I bought it and played it out of the overwhelming nostalgia,” Kitase said of his own experiences with remakes, noting they usually underwhelmed him.
He added, “It is enjoyable for a while, but the fun from that nostalgia only really lasts through the first sections. I realized this halfway through and didn’t carry on playing.”
Because of these feelings, the team has approached Final Fantasy VII Remake with a different idea than just being completely faithful to the original. They believe that fans will ultimately enjoy the game more as a result.
“The result of this is that, for Part 2 and Part 3, we are able to give fans the excitement of wondering which parts will be 100% faithful to the original – and where the new elements will be added,” Kitase said.
Part 2 of the remake project, known as Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is expected to launch exclusively for PlayStation 5 later in 2023.