More updates and details are expected for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake early next year, as the series celebrates its 30th Anniversary.
Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
Square Enix intends to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the long running Japanese Role Playing Game series this upcoming January 2017. While no exact date has been given yet, it would most likely be held during the 31st of January. The reason for doing such so that it would coincide with the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy 7.
While already popular enough in Japan to spawn six installments, it wasn’t until the first release Final Fantasy 7 for the PlayStation One overseas that brought the series worldwide popularity.
The very first Final Fantasy was released overseas, but the 2nd and 3rd installments weren’t, leading to the fourth Final Fantasy to be named as Final Fantasy 2 overseas when it was released in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time.
It wasn’t until the PlayStation One remake under the Final Fantasy Chronicles compilation, that the fourth game was finally numbered correctly when it was released overseas. Overseas fans had a taste of the 2nd game for the first time under the Final Fantasy Origins for the PlayStation One. The third game followed years later, when a complete remake of Final Fantasy 3 for the Nintendo DS was released worldwide.
What is known about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake so far
The remake would be directed by Tetsuya Nomura, alongside Kyohei Suzuki, with no involvement from original director Yoshinori Kitase this time around. Series producer Hironobu Sakaguchi had already left the company some years ago. Meanwhile, the participation of the original scenario writer Kazushige Nojima has yet to be announced.
Tetsuya Nomura serves as the director of the Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children CG movie, and as such, the remake would have visually the same tone to match up with it.
The remake was sworn to stay true to the original, along with some extra content and adding more details to some scenarios. To ensure this, the game would also be released episodically. No concrete release date has been announced yet, unless Square Enix gives the fans a surprise by releasing the first episode during its 20th anniversary.