Square Enix came lighthanded to last year’s Playstation Experience where they announced the still yet to be released PS4 port of Final Fantasy 7 based on the PC version. This year they finally announced Final Fantasy 7 Remake which fans have been demanding for so long. In an interview with Eurogamer, FF7 Remake’s director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the game has been in development since before they announced the PS4 version.
When we announced the HD port, the PC port on the PS4, we weren’t sure when we wanted to announce the remake,
The production was underway then, so there’s no real connection between the timing of the two Final Fantasy VIIs coming to PS4. We’ve announced several different titles coming to the PlayStation 4 like World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts III.
Square Enix hopes that the announcement of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will increase the adoption rate of Playstation 4s in Japan, where mobile gaming is on the rise and console gaming is on the fall.
There’s more and more titles being introduced for the platform, and we’re hoping that announcing the remake of Final Fantasy VII, it’ll give a boost to people wanting to buy this current generation of console,
If we announced the remake after all those titles have been sold, it wouldn’t have created such an impact, so that’s why we decided on this timing. We wanted to reassure players that PlayStation 4 is coming out with great titles including Final Fantasy VII. That’s why we decided to announce the remake.
On why they decided to do the remake now:
The talks about making this remake, internally it’s been mentioned on and off. Sometimes we think we can do it, and then sometimes we think maybe we can’t. Considering some of the original staff, like Kitase, he’s acting as producer, and [Kazushige] Nojima, he’s doing the script – we’re all getting older! If we keep going like this, the thought occurred to us that we might have to pass this on to a younger generation, without the original developers taking part. It doesn’t seem like such a grand intention, but we wanted to do it with the original members.
Ending on a lighter note when talking about the infamous Cloud in a dress scene, Nomura replied – “Please look forward to it,”. Oh we will Nomura-san, we will.