Gamers were treated to many pleasant surprises at this year’s E3 conference. From Xbox One backward compatibility, to The Last Guardian gameplay, to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake announcement, there’s plenty for gamers to be excited about.
But gamers aren’t the only ones who recently received a surprise, at least when it comes to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Turns out, the game’s director, Tetsuya Nomura, didn’t even realize he was set to direct the Final Fantasy 7 Remake until he discovered it in an internal company presentation video for the game.
While speaking with Weekly Famitsu, Nomura revealed that he was under the impression that the original Final Fantasy 7 director, Yoshinori Kitase, would be leading the remake. He recounts the moment he approached Kitase and learned that he, Nomura, was in fact the game’s director.
“As pre-production went along and I offered my opinions on what I thought should be done. Mr. Kitase would asked me how the individual elements should be adjusted in fine detail.
“It was very perplexing. Then one day, as I was checking the internal company presentation video it said ‘Director Tetsuya Nomura’ at the end. I called up Mr. Kitase and said, ‘It says that I’m the director for some reason.’ To which he replied, ‘Of course it does.’”
While many gamers may be surprised that Square Enix gave the project to Nomura instead of Kitase, it’s actually not that shocking (though it definitely was for Nomura when he first found out). Nomura is very well versed in the franchise, having worked on numerous Final Fantasy games, starting with Final Fantasy 5 in the early ’90s. Additionally, Nomura helmed the development of the Kingdom Hearts series, beginning in 2002. It’s safe to say Nomura can handle the pressure, and will work tirelessly not to disappoint gamers.
Plus, considering the fact that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is far more than just an HD port, it seems a new director is just what the game needs. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be a game for seasoned gamers who loved the first game and are looking for a fresh experience that pays perfect homage to the original. It will also be a game for younger gamers who are ready for their own life-changing Final Fantasy 7 experience.
With a new generation of Final Fantasy 7, comes a new director with a new and exciting vision. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for Nomura and his team to release the game.
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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is set to release on PlayStation 4, with PC and Xbox One likely to follow.
Source: Weekly Famitsu