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E3 2019: We May Not See Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Second Part for a Long Time

After part one drops March 3rd, 2020, it looks like we may have to wait a year or more to play the next chunk of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Game Informer spoke to the director, Yoshinori Kitase, during a closed meeting at E3, and he was very vague about the delivery date for part two. He also didn’t have a clear answer about how many parts would be needed to deliver the whole game.

Kitase did say that development was completed on “characters and the like”, and this would make future development more efficient. He went on to say that the environments still need to be created, and he does not expect the development time to be “dramatically shorter”. Square Enix PR emailed Game Informer with this official statement:

“While the development team finishes the first game of the project, they are also planning the volume of content for the second. Due to the work already done on the first game, we anticipate that the development of the second game will be more efficient. However, for now we would like to focus on the development of the first game.”

That’s not overly reassuring. If I had to make a completely uneducated guess, it sounds like it could be year or two before we see part two. It could be longer. Part one contains only Midgar, and each release is as big as a regular Final Fantasy game. It’s a lot of content to make beautiful, test, and push into our hands. I can beat the same old drum about how companies should stop announcing games too early, but I just want Final Fantasy VII Remake to be great.

Final Fantasy VII is one of the highest profile and most beloved games the company ever released. If it takes a little longer, I’ll complain (naturally), but I definitely don’t want them to rush it.

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