One of the biggest reveals at this year’s E3 was undoubtedly the remake of Final Fantasy 7. Fans have been clamouring for such a project to get underway for years, and many were delighted to hear that it’s finally a reality. Now, the difficult wait for more details begins.
We already know that changes are going to be made to the game, although we don’t know exactly how large or small the differences between the remake and the original are set to be. This could be cause for concern for fans that love Final Fantasy 7, or another reason to get excited about a re-imagined version of a classic.
What we do know is that the game’s final title won’t be Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Speaking to IGN, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto confirmed that it’s only being referred to under that title at the moment to confirm that it’s a full remake as opposed to a remaster.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially given the series’ long-standing habit of selecting quirky names for its spin-offs and side-stories. However, it’s good to know that the remake won’t be given such an uninspired title when it eventually sees release.
Hashimoto went on to tell fans to look out for more information on the game this winter, which is when its final title will be announced. While that doesn’t give us much to go on in of itself, it might help us build a timeline for how development looks set to progress.
It was stated in a roundtable discussion observed by Eurogamer that the Final Fantasy 7 remake went into production last year, before news of the PC port hitting the PlayStation 4 broke in 2014. That would mean that the game has been in development for around nine months at the very minimum.
By the time winter rolls around, that means that there will have been more than a year’s work put into the title. Without knowing the size of the team or how much will go into freshening up the world of Gaia, it’s difficult to calculate a release date. However, it’s not difficult to imagine that a rough date will be among the news Hashimoto is teasing for later this year.
Until then, it looks like Square-Enix will go quiet on one of the gaming industry’s most wanted remakes of all time. As such, speculation will likely run rampant — the matter of whether the game will ever hit the Xbox One likely being one of the more popular topics of discussion.
The remake of Final Fantasy 7 is set to release on the PlayStation 4.