The release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is close enough now that Square feels comfortable letting us take a peek behind the curtain. Inside Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be a series of videos consisting of interviews with the staff behind the game. They’ll share their thoughts on the series, the original version, the choices they made for the remake and the challenges they faced. The first video in the series is out today.
According to the video, producer Yoshinori Kitase first approached director Tetsuya Nomura and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima about a possible FF7 remake back in 2012. By this point a remake had already been repeatedly requested by fans, but Kitase says he started the ball rolling because he personally wanted to revisit it, as did his peers.
Nomura says he watched some online playthroughs of the Midgar portion of FF7 prior to working on the remake, and was surprised that his old work held up, but wanted to make one correction. Midgar is tiered into upper and lower class areas, and you spend the majority of your time below the plate. In the remake, Nomura says, you’ll get to explore a lot more of Upper Midgar than you could before.
Nojima has heard the concerns about this portion of the remake being entirely set within Midgar, and he assures the audience there is a lot of extra content they haven’t seen yet which balloons the release to the size of a normal Final Fantasy. He says it should take just as long to complete (we’ll see).
Check out the full video below (and remember to turn on subtitles if you aren’t fluent in Japanese). Final Fantasy 7 Remake comes out April 10 for Playstation 4.