In a news that won’t surprise anyone today, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII: Remake director Tetsuya Nomura is no longer overseeing the project and instead will step down to focus on the development of Kingdom Hearts 3. He will be replaced by Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama, who has a long working experience with the Final Fantasy franchise.
Tetsuya Nomura didn’t offer any comment on this matter however Toriyama was excited to be offered this opportunity.
“When I saw that Final Fantasy VII was being remade, I wanted to offer my service as a game director. Now that I am taking full responsibility for it, please look forward to some nice surprises,” said Toriyama in an interview with a Japanese magazine.
This is not the first time Tetsuya Nomura has stepped down from directing a Final Fantasy game. It happened recently with Final Fantasy XV where Hajime Tabata was offered the role of the game director after Nomura had to leave the project for some unforeseen reason. He was later tasked with directing Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3, however both of these have yet to get a proper release date. Kingdom Hearts 3 is targeting 2018 for its release but there is no date set for it yet.
Final Fantasy VII: Remake was announced back in 2015 however after a quick demo showcase at PSX 2015, there hasn’t been any major information or update shared regarding the game. The news of Toriyama heading the game as a director should excite the fans who are still hoping for the game to hit the PS4 as originally marketed with its E3 2015 reveal trailer.