If you're giddy about Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you probably indulged in the spoiler-ridden data dump that landed on the internet at the start of the year. You're justified in giving in to your temptations—I'm hyped for Final Fantasy 7 Remake beyond reason—but you should know that the dump has made scenario writer Kazushige Nojima very sad.
Shortly after the Final Fantasy 7 Remake leak hit the internet on January 2, Nojima tweeted his disappointment. We enlisted the help of professional localizer Tom James to get to the root of Nojima's feelings.
リークって、ほんといろんなもの踏みにじってくれるよな。— Kazushige Nojima (@sgwr1) January 2, 2020
"Basically what he wrote is, 'This leak sure tramples over a lot of things,'" James tells USG. "The choice of words he uses emphasizes basically the lack of consideration for the dev team's own plans and emotions on the matter. It's the same word you'd actually use when saying someone is trampling over someone else's feelings in Japanese."
It's easy to understand why Nojima is bummed. Looking at the dumped data and screenshots is essentially peeking at a work-in-progress. Writers and artists generally hate having the public gawk at their unfinished work, and there's no reason why game devs should feel differently. The buzz around Final Fantasy 7 Remake's leak is generally excited and positive, but it's still chock-full of unfinished and unpolished character models and settings.
Thankfully, there's a happy ending here. People tweeted their support for Nojima and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and in an English tweet he states the support has "healed" him. That's good; after he expressed disappointment in the leak, he tweeted Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" and that's cause to make anyone worry. (I'm teasing. It's a good song.)
The first chapter of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming on March 20. We have a guide ready for you.