Even though we've been hearing about the Final Fantasy VII remake for several years now, the game has remained in a constant state of flux. Well, a new Square Enix job listing says the that development for the remake is just now finally going full-scale. Oh, and also we should stop calling it a remake as Square Enix prefers to think of this game as a new "creation."
A Square Enix job listing for the new Final Fantasy VII (thanks Gematsu for the translation) says that the project is "Not a 'remake."' The listing states: "Due to the huge reaction, we are aiming at nothing less than a "new creation" not limited to a simple remake."
It's unclear what this means specifically as other parts of the job listing still refers to the project as Final Fantasy VII Remake. Presumably the mandate to treat the project as a "new creation" is in reference to how drastic a change the project will be from the original version of the game. Square Enix also reveals that the original team will be working on the not-remake, remake:
"It should be noted that this is an internal production. After 20 years, the staff behind the original Final Fantasy VIII, who are top-rankers in the industry even now, are reuniting. A project to create "a title that surpasses the original" is starting full-scale."
Potential applicants are told that should they get the job will have a difficult challenge ahead of them, creating a new title "in a certain sense" alongside top game developers. Square Enix says that "It is a job that will naturally impact growth as a creator, as well the world."
Specific job requirements for the position include working as a battle planner where they'll be expected to create a new battle system, come up with enemies and bosses, and planning player growth. Applicants will also work as level planners, constructing locations and coming with ideas for level designs. Applicants will report to Square Enix's 1st Business Division which is currently working on Mobius Final Fantasy.
That latter bit actually makes sense considering how Final Fantasy VII's Cloud was reportedly redesigned a bit to take after his recent guest appearance in the Final Fantasy Mobius mobile game.
Unfortunately for players the job listing suggests that Final Fantasy VII Remake is still a ways off. While we've been told as much previously, it's still strange considering the game was announced in 2015. For more on Final Fantasy VII Remake, check out our Final Fantasy VII Remake guide with all the latest information.