Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gets a Second Director to Work Alongside Tetsuya Nomura

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gets a Second Director to Work Alongside Tetsuya Nomura

Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets more help.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is getting a co-director to work alongside Tetsuya Nomura on the project. Square Enix has named former Final Fantasy 7 Remake development leader, Naoki Hamaguchi, as co-director on the highly-anticipated project.

This will be Hamaguchi's first role as a director on the Final Fantasy series, having previously worked as a programmer and project leader on various Final Fantasy projects. His first role was on the visual effects team in Final Fantasy 12, before joining Final Fantasy 13 and 13-2 as a lead programmer, and then as project leader on the Mobius Final Fantasy mobile game.

Square Enix's official statement (in Japanese) didn't offer a reason for Hamaguchi's promotion, but that it happened after a restructuring of Square Enix's business divisions. Previously Nomura was the sole director on the FF7 Remake project after finishing work on Kingdom Hearts 3.

In a statement (translated via Google Translate) Hamaguchi says that, "Development efficiency has been improved," and "mass production development is progressing smoothly." Nomura previously hinted that reports of FF7 Remake's slow development were exaggerated, and that work on the Remake is well underway.

Aside from the FF7 Remake, we know that Square Enix is working on new projects from Luminous and Final Fantasy 14's Naoki Yoshida. Outside of Japan we still haven't heard anything about Crystal Dynamics' Avengers game.

However, after a slow 2018 where Square Enix saw profits decline, it looks like the company is ramping up aggressively for new, future projects. With three projects in the wings in Japan, and one in North America, Square Enix could be positioning itself for a strong lineup of games in the coming years.

Check out our Everything We Know About Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide for more coverage on its development.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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