First announced at PlayStation’s E3 2015 press conference, Final Fantasy VII Remake was met with great hype and hundreds of enthusiastic reaction videos. Since then, news has been relatively scarce and development seems to be taking its time, and now Square Enix has announced it’s taking over the project.
During a stream to promote Mobius Final Fantasy, it was revealed that Remake will be developed entirely in-house by Square Enix. Until now, the game was developed in collaboration with other studios, including CyberConnect2. The announcement was made by Naoki Hamaguchi, who will be leading the development of Remake. Now, the whole stream is in Japanese, which I don’t speak, but Nova Crystallis published a translation for us gaijin:
“So far, development (for FFVIIR) has been carried out mainly with the support of external partners. However, in view of factors such as improving quality when the product goes into mass production in the future, the company has decided to shift the developmental system back to within the company, so as to maintain a stable schedule and have control over factors such as quality. We will be forming a robust system within the company to properly carry out the development.”
Long story short, Square Enix will be handling the reins to ensure better quality control. Hopefully this renewed focus means we’ll actually play Final Fantasy VII Remake before the eventual heat death of the universe.