​‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ Confirmed To Still Be Episodic

The star of last night's PlayStation State Of Play was undoubtedly the re-reveal of the Final Fantasy VII Remake (although, Predator: Hunting Grounds was my personal favourite announcement). We only saw a new trailer for Square Enix's classic RPG but since that went out there's been confirmation from the developer that it will still be an episodic release.

Back when the Final Fantasy VII Remake was first revealed in 2015, Square Enix said that the big budget build of the game wouldn't be coming out in a single release but, instead, would be published as a series of episodes. Since then the project has been moved from a third-party developer to a in-house team at Square Enix and a significant rework of the game has been undertaken so there was good reason to think the episodic plan might have been dropped.

Though, yesterday's trailer only showed scenes from the early chapters of Final Fantasy VII, which got the world asking if the episodic structure remained. Something that's now been confirmed by a Japanese press release.

We'll be hearing more about the Final Fantasy VII Remake in June during E3, where Square Enix is going to be holding a conference. While there's been no talk of release dates and what we've seen of the game so far has only been trailers, rather than any gameplay screenings, maybe we should start crossing our fingers for the first episode to be released this year.

So, Flower Girl, we meet again!
So, Flower Girl, we meet again!

Last night's trailer already shows a few story deviations from the original game, with Cloud being offered a flower freely by Aerith in a cutscene. In the original game, Cloud could choose to buy a flower from Aerith, blow her off, or warn her to leave the area. This seems like a hint that we should expect other changes through the game's structure and, considering the original was an open world RPG, an episodic structure could suggest it's being streamlined into a more linear journey.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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