Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Producer Shares Memories of Directing the Original

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Producer Shares Memories of Directing the Original

Yoshinori Kitase speaks with Kenny Omega about developing Final Fantasy 7 in the mid 90's.

There's not long now until Final Fantasy 7 Remake is upon us, or the first part of the remake, at least. Yoshinori Kitase, producer of the remake and director of the original game back in 1997, recently sat down with pro wrestler Kenny Omega to reflect on both games.

It's a proper treat, this interview. Although the full interview below was posted to Square Enix's Japanese YouTube channel, Kitase's comments are thankfully translated to English for all to read.

Kitase takes a good while to reflect on the development of the original Final Fantasy 7 back in the mid 90's. One nugget of information gleaned was that in the original game, due to hardware limitations, Cloud couldn't carry the Buster Sword around on his back while traversing the world. Kitase says this was an important factor in Cloud always carrying the sword in the remake.

Additionally, the later stages of development for the original game were pretty fraught, but not for the most orthodox reason. Kitase's wife was pregnant with their first child towards the end of Final Fantasy 7's development, so Kitase and co. raced to get the game done as quickly as possible so the director could be there for the birth of his child.

The entire interview between Kitase and Omega is surprisingly personal and full of intriguing anecdotes from the former. I'd highly recommend giving the full video a watch, especially if you're excited about the remake.

Speaking of, there's little over a month to go until Final Fantasy 7 Remake finally releases on April 10, 2020. The PS4 demo is out right now, featuring the bombing run inside the first Mako Reactor.

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