The Final Fantasy VII Remake Isn't Coming Out Any Time Soon

A recent job listing indicates Square-Enix's dream project might still be parked near the starting line.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

If you're looking forward to the Final Fantasy VII remake, it's not a bad idea to go over everything your kindergarten teacher taught you about patience. A recent job listing from Square-Enix indicates the studio's on a hiring spree for the game (translation via Gematsu), and it needs a whole lot of warm bodies to help get this thing done.

It's been almost a year since Square-Enix announced its last hiring push for the Final Fantasy VII remake. The remake might not be spinning its wheels, but the project is creeping forward at an unbearably slow pace.

"We're not moving another step forward on this project until someone gets me a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chocobo. Extra-crispy."

"[W]hile we are reaching a satisfactory level in terms of reproducing the original title in high-quality graphics, we have come to the conclusion that we should aim for even higher quality in order to meet the expectations of fans," the latest job listing states. It then puts out a call for "[C]ore members of various positions such as level planner, battle planner, designer, engineer, etc. including existing members of the development team." In other words, Square-Enix is looking to hire the kinds of people who actually turn games from wishes and ideas into tangible things.

This latest push might be Square-Enix adding onto its established remake staff in hopes of getting the game out the door before the Four Horsemen take their last ride. After all, the original game came together in under a year once the staff count ballooned past 150 people. Maybe it's wishful thinking. Modern game development is a foreign beast compared to the late '90s, and Square-Enix will be Square-Enix, i.e. slow with its major releases.

Moreover, there's an unspoken worry in the recruitment notice, an understandable desire to live up to people's expectations for the project, and a fear of potentially letting them down. Square-Enix has seemingly planned itself into a corner. It needs to either give us a good game that won't please everyone, or it should call the whole thing off. For now, those of us who long for this phantom game will have to wait.

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  • Avatar for nimzy #1 nimzy 5 days ago
    It's important to remember the size of the task put before them. They are essentially making a brand new game with really good concept art.

    Let's use Dishonored, a game that takes place entirely in a massive capital city, to provide a good sense of the scale of Midgar for a hypothetical "disc one" release. That's one entire AAA-scale game worth of maps and props and environmental art. This is just one city on one continent of FF7.
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  • Avatar for Iambiz #2 Iambiz 5 days ago
    Maybe I'm alone in this, but I would have been very content with the FF VII remake just being a graphical refresh of the PSX original using the Crisis Core assets, and that's something they probably could have finished in 12-24 months. I'm a bit skeptical that this episodic re-imagining of FF VII is going to be worth the effort they're putting into it (assuming it ever comes out.) I remain hopeful but I'll wait until the reviews come out before making my purchase.Edited 4 days ago by Iambiz
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #3 nadiaoxford 4 days ago
    @Iambiz Cleaned-up HD graphics and a better translation is all I really wanted TBH.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #4 SIGGYZtar 4 days ago
    Tabata's gonna have to get someone to hold his Kirin.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #5 MetManMas 4 days ago
    @nadiaoxford I would love a remaster with better models, higher resolution backgrounds, and a much improved localization. But I do get why Square Enix wants to essentially make a whole new game with old characters. Square was already making great games back on the Super Famicom (we even saw a few localized), but Final Fantasy VII was the game that led to the company being a huge deal in the international market and to Sony being a serious contender in the console race. Square Enix has been trying to bottle that genie back up ever since.

    That's exactly why we're seeing a more substantial remake instead of just slapping a new coat of paint on an old house. Square Enix doesn't just want to remake Final Fantasy VII, they also want to remake Final Fantasy VII's success. As much as we'd all like it to, a faithful port with more different graphics isn't going to have the same impact as the original game did 21 years ago.Edited 4 days ago by MetManMas
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #6 Monkey-Tamer 4 days ago
    They're hiring more people to have a mobile version ready first before they port it to the other platforms. :) Seriously, though, I'd be happy if they just added a better port to Steam with easier mod implementation and Steam Could support. I'm not double dipping (actually triple since I have 2 PS1 copies) for something I can already play on my PC via emulator without any extra features other than achievements. The non Steam version is supposedly more mod friendly, but was janky and unstable.
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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #7 Vodka-Tonic 4 days ago
    Personally, I think the FFVII HD on PS4 is great, if you want to enjoy the game without dusting off the PS1(or 2). This game is something that will end up like FFXV, touched by Nomura-san, and therefore doomed. If KH3 ends up being a brilliant game, then I could be mistaken, but I don't have hope for this remake, or KH3, if they continue to focus on "not disappointing".

    SE need to stop being afraid, and take risks. It's okay to release a mediocre game sometimes, as long as you gave it everything. The SE game that I'm looking forward to, is whatever Tabata-san has in the works, now that FFXV is out (and no I don't mean the oodles of DLC). Tabata-san is passionate in the way that the old Squaresoft team was passionate.
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #8 DrCorndog 4 days ago
    Now seems like a good time to replay FF7 (the original).
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  • Avatar for Talraen #9 Talraen 4 days ago
    To echo a few people here, the only thing I want out of an FF7 remake is a better translation that's in line with the rest of the series. I don't even need a graphical upgrade. Unfortunately, this is shaping up to be more like FF3, where they never gave us a modernized version of the original at all. I'll play this game if it ever comes out, but it may as well be something entirely new.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #10 cldmstrsn 4 days ago
    I honestly dont really care about when games do or dont come out. I love video games and always will but backlog plus life means that when I dont think about its all of a sudden out and I can enjoy it. It could take another 2 or 3 years and I'll still be excited for it and in the mean time I will have probably played the original another dozen times.
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #11 Funny_Colour_Blue 4 days ago
    @Monkey-Tamer it's 11.99 USD on Steam. The Steam port is pretty much identical to the Playstation release, with the added original Playstation music - you can mod this version as well - I know this because I had to download it and remove the beach bitmap, modify it and reinsert it for a project I was working on.

    It's 11.99 USD.Edited 4 times. Last edited 4 days ago by Funny_Colour_Blue
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  • Avatar for acrowatz #12 acrowatz 4 days ago
    I guess FFXVI won't be out until 2030, though they'll probably announce it next year.
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  • Avatar for docexe #13 docexe 4 days ago
    Sigh… As I have said before, I don’t dread the age I will have when the first episode of the remake finally arrives. I dread the age I will have when they finally release the last episode. I wonder if by then, VR will still be the rage or if we might have moved to the next best thing on the PlayStation 9.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #14 SatelliteOfLove 4 days ago
    "The year’s at the spring,
    And day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn;
    God's in His heaven—
    All's right with the world!"
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  • Avatar for jmsebastian #15 jmsebastian 4 days ago
    I wonder how much work will have to be redone once Sony launches their new platform? There is no way this is coming out for the PS4, and unless Square Enix already knows the specs of the next iteration, I have a feeling there is a lot of effort spent that will be thrown out in 12 month's time.

    Not sure Square can afford to lose buckets of money on this game the way Sony could with The Last Guardian. Obviously there are more FF7 fans than Team ICO fans, and therefore many more potential sales, but I just don't see a FF7 remake coming even close to having the same impact as the original and even trying is a pretty foolish endeavor.

    For the company's sake, I hope it ends up selling well, but I doubt it's going to satisfy existing fans. They'll have to rely on people who have never played it before.
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  • Avatar for mistyharshman #16 mistyharshman 4 days ago
    @Iambiz Pretty much this. I don't need a complete remake with all new gameplay mechanics like the way they've showed fighting. I also never asked for voice acting. I'd just love to see the game I love with upgraded visuals, like a teaser they showed years ago to show off PS3 graphics capabilities or whatever.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #17 SargeSmash 4 days ago
    Coming soon to the PS6.

    Speaking of games that are taking forever, Kingdom Hearts 3, y'all.
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  • Avatar for Woogity #18 Woogity 3 days ago
    Why is Nomura put in charge of any projects? They need to bring in someone that can lead a team and get things done. If it's going to take this long, they shouldn't announce it until it's made significant progress with the end in sight. At the point, we'll be lucky if it's done by FFVII's 25th anniversary.
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