Final Fantasy VII's remake to get chopped into multiple releases


To be whole, you must divide, apparently

For the better part of the last decade or so (perhaps even longer), Final Fantasy fans have demanded that Square, and later Square Enix, remake Final Fantasy VII, arguably their most iconic game. And for years they've put it off, usually with statements along the lines of a mere HD-upsizing not being good enough for a game of FFVII's stature. From the looks of things, they're prepping to follow through on those claims, as the actual Final Fantasy VII remake will be released in multiple installments.

Ironically, the reasoning behind chopping the game into multiple releases is that they don't want to leave anything out, and focusing on a single release would necessitate cuts and omissions they didn't want to make. The team even plan for other additions to both the world and the story, beyond the switch to a closer perspective and the shift to a seemingly real-time battle system. They're even getting help from outside studios like Cyberconnect2, who, among other things, have experience shipping games on a schedule (see their yearly Naruto fare), as well as developing installment-based titles (see the .hack series). 

Unfortunately, they're keeping the actual details of the release structure close to the vest for now. No one but they know if it'll be a Starcraft 2-styled tripartite release, a Xenosaga-style extended saga, a Telltale-esque episodic model, or something completely different. 

As for me, I'm down with the idea. If this is what they need to do to get the remake out in a way that doesn't take as long as, say, Final Fantasy XV has, that's fine. The real test is in how much they plan to charge for it all, and if they can justify all that.

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