As Final Fantasy 7 Remake draws closer to its March 2020 release date, its development team is becoming more comfortable sharing facts about its development with the public. An interview with the team published by Square Enix earlier today is stuffed full of cool facts and trivia, and here's a tidbit of particular note: the second part of Cloud's new journey is already in development.
"We've already begun working on the next [part] as well, but I'm confident that playing through this title will expand your expectations just like the world that extends beyond Midgar," says game director Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura also shares how Remake gradually took shape and changed across the title's long (long) development process; he started thinking about it as far back as work began on Compilation of Final Fantasy 7 in 2005. "I feel like I’m looking forward to the release as much as anyone, as I've been carrying around these ideas for a long time," he says.
Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy 7 Remake has grown in scale since those first thoughts and plans. Nomura talks about how initially he didn't intend to add new characters to the Remake, but now he coyly hints the "final boss of Midgar" might no longer be the M.O.T.O.R. mechanization that chases Cloud and company to the end of the Midgar highway. "In this game new bosses will appear and add to the excitement of the story even more," he says.
Motomu Toriyama, Remake's co-director and scenario designer, helped design the original game's Wall Market as a fresh Squaresoft recruit. Now he urges players to keep an eye out for secondary characters like "Johnny and the Shinra Middle Manager" in Remake, since lesser-known characters are part of the new development process too.
"Additionally, when remaking the Honey Bee Inn at the Wall Market, we revived it is as a pantheon of entertainment, which couldn’t be realized back then," he says. "Here, the scene that many of you have been eager to see, where Cloud disguises himself. Please enjoy."
Look out Midgar, Cloud's purple dress is going to be as shiny as heck in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake doesn't simply change up the classic game's visuals, though. The battle system's been totally revised in some intriguing ways, including the ability to learn abilities from the weapons you equip. We'll probably learn more as we creep closer to the March 2020 release date. For now, visit our Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides.