The announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake was met with a great deal of excitement last year, but the news that Square Enix would be releasing the game across multiple episodes came as quite a surprise. To clarify how the episodic structure will work, producer Yoshinori Kitase provided some details in an interview with Game Informer.
In the interview, Kitase reveals that the episodic model for Final Fantasy VII Remake will be structured similarly to how it was done with the three Final Fantasy XIII titles. Each instalment of Remake will be a full-length game, and together they’ll tell the full story. This is obviously a far cry from the industry standard for episodic games, which usually feature episodes that deliver just a few hours of content.
This news has several implications. For one, each instalment of Remake will most likely be sold at full retail price. Furthermore, I imagine there’ll be a significant gap between instalments due to the size of each game. However, it’s clear that Kitase’s team, which is comprised of Square Enix veterans like Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima, will be pulling all the stops to make the project as grand in scale as possible.
The first episode of Final Fantasy VII Remake will launch exclusively for PS4 at an unannounced date.