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Final Fantasy VII’s director didn’t know he was the director

by Eric Frederiksen | June 26, 2015June 26, 2015 3:30 pm PDT

Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Final Fantasy VII remake announced by Square Enix during Sony’s press conference, didn’t know he was the director at first, according to an interview in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, as translated by Kotaku.

Don’t worry, he didn’t find out at Sony’s conference.

Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto, Nomura, and Yoshinori Kitase all worked on the original Final Fantasy VII, and Hashimoto brought the project to the other two and Nomura said that “as preproduction 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.”

Here comes the twist.

“Then, one day, as I was checking the internal company presentation video, it said ‘Director Tetsuya Nomura’ at the end.”

Kitase directed the original Final Fantasy VII and Nomura is already working on Kingdom Hearts III, so he naturally assumed Kitase would be helming the project.

Aside from the teaser shown at E3, little is known other than that it’s in production and is heading for PlayStation 4 first (with no confirmation for other consoles). There is no time frame on a release yet.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...