Since the project was first announced at E3 2015, Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been one of the most hotly anticipated games around. However, it seems that fans are going to have to wait a while before they hear anything else of substance about its development.
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, spoke to the Japanese press this week about Square Enix’s current projects. While he noted that the game was making good forward progress, it seems clear that the studio has no plans to start its marketing push just yet. Nomura shared his thoughts on why the process might take a little longer before the development team is comfortable with providing more clear cut information:
“Although there are parts [of the game] further along than Kingdom Hearts 3, such as cutscenes, it is unlikely we’ll share information for a while as we switch from mainly external to mainly internal development.”
Square Enix recently announced the decision to minimize the role of external development partners and bring the bulk of development in-house, which Nomura seems to be reiterating with regard to Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The company began a major hiring initiative to bring new talent on board to help with this process, and it seems that the studio is still in the midst of this effort.
It also seems clear that the development of Kingdom Hearts 3 is also having an impact on the production of the remake. Nomura is splitting his time between both projects, but there’s also the fact that Square Enix will want to put the focus on the Disney and Final Fantasy crossover for now as it’s scheduled to release sooner.
On the one hand, a project like Final Fantasy 7 Remake deserves to spend as much time in development as it needs to ensure a high quality end result. However, fans are sure to lose patience sooner or later — especially since the game is slated to release in several parts, rather than all at once.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is in development for the PlayStation 4.