Square Enix is the lead production company on Final Fantasy VII Remake, and it has been since development began. However, the company received help from a third-party developer, too. That was CyberConnect2, a company that also worked on the .hack and Naruto games.

Square Enix decided to sever ties with that relationship and move development of Final Fantasy VII Remake entirely in-house with its first-party staff.

Square Enix’s Naoki Hamaguchi is now the new lead on the game. Hamaguchi revealed in a recent live stream that the debacle was a “sensitive subject.”

“I’ve taken over the development side of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake…

…Up until now, development has progressed by receiving external collaboration, but from here on out, with production and quality in mind, we’re shifting to our in-house organization. This company decision was made wanting to control quality as well as keeping the schedule stable.”

Hopefully, this change in development efforts doesn’t further prolong the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. It’s been years since its reveal, and it still doesn’t have a firm release date.

Any guesses? Bets?