It feels like there's been a flurry of news surrounding the Final Fantasy 7 Remake as of late—from aggressive new hires at Square Enix, to reports of the game's release window. Now reports have come out from one of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's lead developers that the game will be folded into internal development at Square Enix.
Until now, the third party studio CyberConnect2 was working alongside Square Enix on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. CyberConnect2, best known for their .hack and Naruto games, was announced as a partner on the Remake project, but it appears that Square Enix is taking over the wheel.
During a Mobius Final Fantasy stream, Mobius director and Final Fantasy 7 Remake development lead Naoki Hamaguchi delivered a statement on what he calls a "sensitive subject."
"Up until now, development has progressed by receiving external collaboration," said Hamaguchi, "but from here on out, with production and quality in mind, we're shifting to our in-house organization. This company decision was made wanting to control quality as well as keeping the schedule stable."
While there's no official word on why Square Enix is taking over for CyberConnect2, Kotaku reported an instance where Final Fantasy 7 director Tetsuya Nomura complained about the trailer CyberConnect2 made for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Apparently Nomura wanted the trailer in a more in a Square Enix style which, I have to be honest, I'm not 100 percent sure what that means anymore given how diverse the last couple of Final Fantasy projects have been.
Whether the trailer episode is part of what Hamaguchi is referring to when he mentions having the FFVII Remake's "production and quality in mind" is ambiguous, but it's clear Square Enix wants more oversight on the project.
Hopefully we'll be hearing more about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake soon.