Announced at E3 2015, Final Fantasy VII Remake is an episodic project that’s expected to span several releases.
The first is set to release exclusively for PS4 on March 3, 2020, almost five years after its original announcement, but fans shouldn’t have to wait as long for the second entry.
Neither should they worry about the size of the games, director Nomura (pictured) said in materials released by Square Enix on Monday.
“Opportunities for discussing our true intentions are few, but with regard to the size of the game that many are asking about – there’s no reason at all to worry,” he said. “Even in this Midgar portion alone, the density and volume are so great that I had to give directions to lighten them.
“With regard to new characters, of whom I said during past interviews that there would be ‘none’ – though they aren’t main characters, their numbers ended up growing considerably in the process of creating a rich depiction of Midgar. When you think of Midgar’s final boss, you probably think of the M.O.T.O.R., but in this game new bosses will appear and add to the excitement of the story even more.
“We’ve already begun working on the next one as well,” Nomura added, “but I’m confident that playing through this title will expand your expectations just like the world that extends beyond Midgar.”
Producer Yoshinori Kitase has said the level of content being created for each Final Fantasy VII Remake title is comparable to that of a full game, and that he expects development of the second entry in the project to be “more efficient” than the first.
Square Enix also released 23 new Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshots on Monday, plus key character artwork for the game.