Final Fantasy 7 Remake, a game that was probably announced prematurely, is gearing up production and producer Tetsuya Nomura has some ideas about how to best go about the launch, including maybe even developing some other projects to accompany the launch.
At an event for The World Ends with You: Final Remix last week a fan told Nomura that they wanted to play Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII again. Before Crisis was a mobile game spinoff of Final Fantasy VII and was part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series which included various games, animated features, and short stories to build out the FFVII world.
Famitsu reported Nomura's response (Thanks, Gematsu) which you can read below:
"Not everyone may know this, but I'm remaking Final Fantasy VII... (laughs). Right now I'm concentrating on Kingdom Hearts 3, but when that's finished, VII will be where I head next. I'm thinking about ideas regarding the remake's release – I even spoke to producer Kitase about it today. All of us old-timers are considering various developments in regards to what accompanies the remake. Like if we can manage to do something about the [Compilation of Final Fantasy VIII] titles too. But for the time being, please wait for VII's turn to come."
This could suggest that the FFVII Remake launch could include more than just the remake. We know that FFVII Remake is planned as an episodic game with new content, but the project doesn't yet have a lot of firm details and it could honestly be anything at this point. Final Fantasy VII Remake could either be a remake or a reimagining with maybe even the Compilation bits baked into the project.
Although Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced at E3 2015, there was almost no word on the project for a couple years. And last year Square Enix announced that it was hiring and building up the team for the FFVII Remake. Nomura's response adds to the timeline as he is currently working on Kingdom Hearts 3 which is scheduled to come out January 2019. Afterwards FFVII Remake will presumably be one of his main projects and won't be out for a while most likely.
We'll hopefully learn more after the Kingdom Hearts 3 launch on January 29 for PS4 and Xbox One. Check out our Kingdom Hearts 3 guide for more info, or our Final Fantasy VII Remake guide for all we know on the project so far.