Longtime Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase claims that each 'episode' of the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be the size of a full-length video game.
When Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced with a shocking E3 2015 teaser trailer, the gaming world was stunned. Final Fantasy fans the world over expressed their enthusiasm for the remake, but then that enthusiasm faded a bit when Final Fantasy VII Remake was revealed to be an "episodic" game.
However, those worried that Final Fantasy VII Remake being episodic will mean that Square Enix will be milking players by making them buy multiple episodes with little content can rest easy. That's because producer Yoshinori Kitase has clarified what Final Fantasy VII Remake's episodic nature actually means, and as it turns out, it will be less like Telltale's The Walking Dead and more like Final Fantasy XIII in terms of release structure.
As some may recall, the story of Final Fantasy XIII was spread out across three separate, complete games. What this means is that each Final Fantasy VII Remake "episode" will be on par with a Final Fantasy XIII game in terms of content. This type of release structure means that various areas in the game and points in the story will be a lot more fleshed out than they were in the original Final Fantasy VII, which will necessitate some story changes.
As explained by Kitase:
"I, along with Nomura-san and Nojima-san--who are involved with the remake--were also involved with the original Final Fantasy. We were the people who created it, so in that sense, we don't think anything is untouchable. That isn't to say we're changing everything!"
Square Enix has been upfront about Final Fantasy VII Remake having story changes, so that's no surprise. However, the extent of those story changes remains to be seen. We know that Final Fantasy VII Remake will retain the Cloud cross-dressing scene, for example, but we don't know if certain characters that were killed off in the original will be allowed to survive this time around.
At any rate, Kitase's clarification as to what Square Enix meant by Final Fantasy VII Remake having an "episodic" release should put some minds at ease. This type of release schedule will allow Square Enix to spread out the Final Fantasy VII Remake story across multiple years, and will also allow the company to adjust aspects of the game based on fan feedback. For example, if Final Fantasy VII Remake's new combat system is met with general disdain from the public, then it could be tweaked for the subsequent episodes. All things considered, it looks as though this type of release structure could be best for Final Fantasy VII Remake and its fans.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4.