Final Fantasy 7 Remake Plot Will Stick to the Original — Mostly

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's developers say the story still contains a central mystery, though they don't know how big the game will be.

Update 4/28: Twitter user @DKHF_ provided some additional comments from the Ultimania book. Producer Yoshinore Kitase said it's not feasible to put out the FF7 Remake chapter two within the next year and still maintain the same level of quality. There's no speculative release window, but if it's more than a year away, that means it'll likely release on PlayStation 5 as well. Kitase and co-director Tetsuya Nomura also mentioned they will keep locations and scenes from the original that fans "expect."

The original story follows below.

The new book Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania recently launched in Japan, featuring factoids about the game and interviews with the development team. Some of those snippets confirm what we already know, while others have co-director Tetsuya Nomura and producer Yoshinori Kitase commenting on Final Fantasy 7 Remake's story and where it goes from here.

There are some spoilers for FF7 Remake's ending here, so if you haven't finished it yet, just go read our FF7R review instead.

The translations of these tidbits come from Gematsu.

The big takeaway from these interviews involves Final Fantasy 7 Remake part two. Nomura and Kitase confirm part two's development is well underway, which we already knew. What it looks like and how many subparts it has, however, is another matter.

When asked how many parts FF7 Remake will have in total, Nomura said:

That depends on how many parts there are. If divided into bigger parts it will take a bit of time, and if into smaller parts we will be able to release it in a shorter span. Personally I’d like to release it sooner.

Kitase was asked the same question and responded:

We have a rough idea, but haven’t exactly decided yet. It’s not something we can definitively say. The widespread speculation seems to be that it’ll be a trilogy.

So we may get two more big-ish games or some smaller ones... or who knows really.

Either way, the remainder of FF7R's story is equally up in the air it seems. Twitter user @DHKF_ mentioned another quote from Nomura that says, "I can't let you know the true meaning of "Remake" yet. Talk to me in a few years (laughs)."

USGamer picked up on a tweet from @aitaikimochi where Kitase says the next parts of the story won't deviate much from the original.

And yet Kitase also said in the snippets Gematsu translated:

I can’t answer any further since we aren’t done telling the story. The final scene that has a certain character remain alive is a key moment to this game’s mystery.

So basically, we have absolutely no idea what we'll get with the rest of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Maybe that's for the best though. The original story is over on Gematsu. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 7 Remake news as it develops.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 28th 2020

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