Final Fantasy VII: Remake was originally in development at CyberConnect 2. It was revealed at E3 2015 and then a gameplay trailer was showcased at E3 2015 that gave us a first glimpse at what to expect from the Remake. Square Enix later dropped CyberConnect 2 from the game development and took the project in-house, which also hinted at a reboot for the game even though they stated that they will keep the work done by CyberConnect 2.
In a new rumor that was shared by resetEra user Koozek, it was revealed that the development of the game was a mess at CyberConnect 2 forcing Square Enix to restart it from scratch when they changed course in 2017 or earlier. The source of the rumor is an alleged game developer working in Japan, Dan Tsukasa, who removed his Twitter and reddit account once the rumor made it out online. As it stands with most rumors, take this with an extra grain of salt.
Here is what was revealed by the developer regarding the development status of Final Fantasy VII: Remake.
- Final Fantasy VII: Remake development was rebooted in 2016. They have been working on it since 2016 instead of 2014 as originally assumed due to the fallout with CyberConnect 2. Keep in mind that it was officially announced in 2017.
- CyberConnect 2 was behind schedule when it comes to delivering on the project.
- The work done by CyberConnect 2 was not enough for Square Enix. They decided to restart since it would have taken the same time as refactoring it all into their own project.
- Nomura is currently focusing on Kingdom Hearts 3 and seems to hang out at the Osaka studio that is developing the game set to release in 2018.
If there is anything to take from this rumor, and if it has to be believed, it seems like the right decision for Square Enix was to take the development all in-house which seems to be the case so far. It is rather unfortunate that they lost some time by giving it to CyberConnect 2 but atleast the fans can be assured now that the development is in the right hands now.
Final Fantasy VII: Remake made its debut at E3 2015 and was originally announced as an episodic release for the game. It was also revealed as a PS4 First release although it remains to be seen how the new development factors in the current state of the game and its release.