Nothing much has been said about the Final Fantasy VII remake since 2015. The game is currently slated to release sometime after 2018, and rumors suggest that development hasn’t gone smoothly. Former Square Enix employees claim the title is far from being finished and the team had to completely scrap all of their work at some point.
A messy development wouldn’t be all that surprising, seeing as the director of the remake is the same man leading Kingdom Hearts III‘s team. It’s likely Final Fantasy VII won’t get much love until the newest Kingdom Hearts releases later this year.
With that being said, the future isn’t completely bleak. A recent job posting at Square Enix seems to indicate that the remake is still moving forward:
“FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE for home game machines is a complete remake work of ‘FINAL FANTASY VII’ released in 1997. By shifting to the in-house development system in order to stabilize the mass production system last year, the development workflow has also been greatly reviewed and the development efficiency has improved. Although the development system and foundation have already been set up and mass production development is proceeding smoothly, from the viewpoint of incorporating, we are continuously looking for new staff aiming for further creativity.”
The post is accompanied by a photo of Business Division 1’s Development Lead Naoko Hamaguchi. Anybody with a sharp eye will immediately recognize the figures on the computer screen in the background. That’s right! This is our first glimpse of the Final Fantasy VII Remake in over a year. It seems we can make out Cloud and the Air Buster boss in this image.
Sure, it’s just a grainy off-screen photo, but we have to hold on to some hope that this game isn’t stuck in development hell. So now that we have some more information on the game’s progress, when do you think we’ll see the first episode? Could it finally see the light of day in 2019? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Source: Square Enix