By now, you’ve have heard that Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be released as a “multi-part series,” meaning we’ll be getting it in episodes rather than as a single release. It’s like Star Wars! The big question now though is just how much content will each episode have? We’ve seen guesses ranging from several hours to the length of an entire modern game, and Producer Yoshinori Kitase has confirmed that it will be the latter.
Speaking to the Japanese media, Kitase stated that each episode of Final Fantasy VII Remake will “have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.”
“The idea that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would not fit into a single release was there from the very beginning. We still can’t share more information about its multiple parts, but please look forward to future announcements.”
“If we dedicated our time to a single release, parts of it would become summarized. We’d have to cut some parts, and additional parts would come in few, so rather than remake the game as a full volume, we decided to do multiple parts.”
How exactly the game will be split remains unclear, but the intention on Square’s part is to recreate as much of the game as they can and add new things to discover, using the increased focus on individual parts to make that a possibility. Square Enix has since further detailed to gaming press that instead of concluding in one entry, multiple entries are being considered in development. Each entry will have its own unique story. As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.”
If you want to have a guess at what this means, chances are Square Enix is using the Final Fantasy XIII series’s development cycle as a release model. The two sequels average about 30-35 hours of gameplay, and Square Enix took about two years each to make them. My guess is that each chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake will close out smaller than that, and the gameplay won’t vary enough to warrant being built from the ground up each time.
Shorter games, less variety. Square Enix is going to be putting out one of these Final Fantasy VII Remake episodes a year.
Of course, this is just conjecture , and I have no clue what Square Enix is really planning. It’s just that everything is a trilogy these days, and there is no need for the entirety of the remake to overly long. Three releases, three years, about 20 hours each, roughly 60 hours of gameplay total, and lasting the entire console generation. That seems reasonable enough to me, keeping this project brief and allowing enough time to expand on Final Fantasy VII’s 40 hours of story.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released first for the PlayStation 4.