Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be episodic

Slightly more information about Final Fantasy 7 Remake has been revealed, with Square Enix revealing that the game will be a multi-part series.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is looking to take an old story and modernize it for a new generation. But modernization is looking to be more than just remastering the game's graphics and offering an updated presentation. It looks like the distribution model will be updated for the new times... for better or worse.

According to a press release issued by Square Enix (via Kotaku), Final Fantasy VII Remake will actually be an episodic series. While the statement doesn't go into any further detail, it does appear that Remake will be told in multiple parts rather than the massive package that once contained multiple discs.

On its face, it's an unexpected and somewhat shocking announcement. However, upon further thought, it's consistent with the narrative that Square Enix has been pushing for years. Nearly two years ago, FF13 trilogy producer Yoshinori Kitase stated that a FF7 remake would take 'longer than ten years' to complete. If that's still the case today, then it makes sense that Square would want to help quell the demand by releasing the FF7 story, piece-by-piece.

Of course, that now leads to the question: Exactly how long will this project take to complete?

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    December 6, 2015 7:50 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be episodic

    • DM7
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      December 6, 2015 7:53 PM

      D:

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      December 6, 2015 7:54 PM

      Goodnight sweet prince

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      December 6, 2015 7:56 PM

      I honestly expect people to be bored by the first episode and not buy the subsequent ones.

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        December 6, 2015 11:24 PM

        this is what i fear... then it never gets finished and all our dreams are crushed.

        and can you imagine getting to the end of disc one (the nasty finish by sephorith) and not be able to continue the story right away?!?!!?!?! oh my.

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        December 7, 2015 1:33 AM

        Obviously they haven't made the art assets for the later areas or characters yet and they will only be making those if the first episode sells enough.

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      December 6, 2015 7:58 PM

      Welp, I'm out.

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      December 6, 2015 8:02 PM

      way to kill everyone's boner

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      December 6, 2015 8:20 PM

      Gonna wait for the collected edition

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      December 6, 2015 8:29 PM

      Fuck.

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      December 6, 2015 8:35 PM

      Being the proud owner of SiN Episodes and the Half-Life episodes, I look forward to this.

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        December 6, 2015 8:47 PM

        SiN Episodes

        FTFY :(

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          December 6, 2015 9:12 PM

          haha correct >:(

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          December 7, 2015 11:35 AM

          :( but it was so good

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            December 7, 2015 9:21 PM

            Yeah I know it didn't get the greatest reviews but I had fun with it, I thought it was a fine start and was looking forward to it getting better as it went along.

            I did play the survival modes for a while. I liked tearing up the office level after a frustrating day of work lol.

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        December 6, 2015 9:29 PM

        Hahaha

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        December 6, 2015 11:25 PM

        truth

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      December 6, 2015 8:44 PM

      Well shit, if I can complete 1/4th the game and have to wait a year or more to get the next chunk this will suck. Which if they plan on releasing stuff quicker than that, why do this anyway? I get that it is a huge game but this seems like a really strange decision to me.

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        December 6, 2015 9:40 PM

        Probably because they can make more on the game overall. I think it also gives them the option to not have to go all in on the project. If the first or second games perform poorly they can just never release another. Kinda like Half Life.

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      December 6, 2015 9:10 PM

      "Each one a unique experience" quote in another article kind of freaks me out, too. Really makes it sound like they plan on cherry picking key events. Why even call it a remake?

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      December 6, 2015 9:18 PM

      Ugh. This hurts my heart. I'm so okay with waiting a few extra years for a complete game rather than an episodic release.

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      December 6, 2015 9:19 PM

      I am so done with episodes. Will wait for the full collection.

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      December 6, 2015 9:19 PM

      What does episodic means? Like sequels like Starcraft 2? Or episodic like The Walking Dead / Life is Strange

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        December 6, 2015 9:23 PM

        They were very vague about this, so we are aiming to find out ASAP.

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        December 7, 2015 6:33 AM

        Probably more like chapters like they did with FF Dimensions.

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      December 6, 2015 9:36 PM

      This is such disappointing garbage. I was so looking forward to this too, was even excited about the footage we saw so far. I didn't care that I was going to have to wait a long time, but the episodic release model is the WORST model in gaming. Who the hell wants to buy a game and then wait an unknown amount of time to get to play it again (if at all), having forgotten all the shit they did the last time?

      Fucking hell. Fuck. And of course they will look at the inevitable failure of the game and say "see, we were right, no one wanted this". Well no-one wanted THIS, what you created. We wanted an actual game to play. Fuck. And that only hurts the chances of getting an FF6 remake like the DS FF 3 and 4 as well.

      Sad times. =(

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        December 6, 2015 9:42 PM

        I honestly think people will go ape the minute it comes out, and at the very least the first two games will sell pretty well.

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          December 6, 2015 9:59 PM

          Maybe, but if it drops off at all, they won't finish it, or they'll finish it cheap and it'll be even worse. There's no way this turns out well.

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            December 7, 2015 6:54 PM

            As a worse case scenario yeah.

            I think we could at least let them lay something out before we put it in the trash bin. I'll agree that episodic content doesn't work well for larger games like this. I think I'd be much more suited to mobile games.

    • P90
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      December 6, 2015 9:39 PM

      We didn't ask for this...

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      December 6, 2015 10:23 PM

      Episode 1: Mako reactor

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      December 6, 2015 10:37 PM

      Cool, so I'll wait until the whole thing is complete and released on steam for the price of the first episode I guess.

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      December 6, 2015 10:44 PM

      It's worth noting that "episodic" is Kotaku's term, and not SE's.

      A multi-part series, to me, sounds more like what they did with FFXIII, albeit planned in advance.

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      December 6, 2015 10:58 PM

      some more info from an interview here

      http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1152062

      not sure how to interpret it, could be genuine, could be fluff. episodic does mitigate a ton of risk for square enix though, and they might even make more money in the end this way. blizzard knows how to make money and it worked damn well for them :/

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      December 6, 2015 11:08 PM

      Bahamut Zero is DLC.

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        December 6, 2015 11:23 PM

        you joke, but this could seriously happen.

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      December 6, 2015 11:23 PM

      the question is not how long, but will they actually finish it then if sales are not up to projected amounts?

      plus if it really takes 10 years... will the whole thing be released on a single generation of a console?

      this makes sense on a business level maybe, but i definitely don't agree with it in the slightest... *sigh

      fingers crossed.

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      December 6, 2015 11:47 PM

      Could be cool, if I want to play FF7, I can play ff7. If its a differently fleshed out telling of the story, I would enjoy playing through in a new way.

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        December 7, 2015 5:49 AM

        That's the view I'm taking, as well. As much as people wanted a full remake of the game in 4k with a Hollywood-caliber cast of voice actors and 200 hours of new, original content it's completely unrealistic to expect SE to do that. They've said themselves that a straight remake would take nearly a decade and be cost-prohibitive. If this model let's them take one of my favorite games of all time and present it in a way that is entertaining and fun, I'm fine with it.

        Plus, I'm too old and busy to drop another 100+ hours playing an RPG.

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      December 6, 2015 11:59 PM

      way to fuck up a game that was damn near perfect. Iwata had it right all along.

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      December 7, 2015 12:19 AM

      Guessed it from the video. If we're lucky, the first episode will contain the entire (linear) portion in Midgard. If we're unlucky, it's just the first combat mission (before we meet Tifa), or the first and second (just before we meet Aeris).

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        December 7, 2015 12:38 AM

        Neither of those options make me feel lucky:(. If the lucky option was the case, the game would have to be like 20 episodes long.

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        December 7, 2015 5:58 AM

        I hated the linear Midgard portion. I guess I can skip that? Which is strange because in RPGs you want some sense of progression. I wonder if your character will be weaker if you don't finish prior chapters.

        I'm not thrilled with anything about this remake.

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      December 7, 2015 12:21 AM

      http://imgur.com/mwYRrhZ

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      December 7, 2015 5:13 AM

      What's the best way to play FF7 now? The ports seem decent but they're clearly ports. What's the best one? PC, Vita, iOS, PS3?

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      December 7, 2015 5:27 AM

      Telltale aside, who has been able to properly pull off episodic content?

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        December 7, 2015 5:36 AM

        Dontnod with Life Is Strange.

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          December 7, 2015 5:38 AM

          They had a solid every other month release for the first four episodes, then a bit of gap leading up to the last episode but.

          Granted this was their first foray into episodic stuff, and with how well LiS is being received, Season 2 seems like a pretty safe bet.

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            December 7, 2015 10:26 AM

            Could be a while, Dontnod is currently working on a non-episodic RPG called Vampyr set during the 1918 flu pandemic. It is due out in (presumably late) 2017 and is with a different publisher.
            https://youtu.be/JtpT4LLxFv4

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              December 7, 2015 10:33 AM

              That's ok, I'll play that too lol.

              You know what I REALLY wish though? For them to make Remember Me 2, but do it as episodic. I really loved the setting and characters of that game, but the combat got a bit repetitive and dull, and the Memory Remix stuff (which seems to have been brought over into LiS) were some of the best parts.

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                December 7, 2015 10:44 AM

                Yeah, it would be neat if they could re-explore the world of Remember Me without the:

                • Obligatory Combat System
                • Violence is Your Primary Tool
                • No Really, It's Action

                It will be interesting to see how Vampyr's gameplay turns out.

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        December 7, 2015 6:14 AM

        valve

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        December 7, 2015 6:18 AM

        valve

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        December 7, 2015 11:12 AM

        Ritual Entertainment

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        December 7, 2015 11:20 AM

        The Odd Gentlemen seem to be doing okay with King's Quest.

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        December 7, 2015 6:56 PM

        A mostly middling game, but .HACK//SIGN on the PS2 was very episodic in it's approach.

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      December 7, 2015 6:13 AM

      I feel like this confirms worries that they may not have been putting the necessary serious resources behind this remake to do it justice.

      They're doing episodic to either cash grab or to make the game pay for its own development, which will just make it that much less likely for people to jump in early, and that much less likely that the thing ever gets finished.

      One of my friends was beyond hyped for this game and it's now convinced it's ruined and not worth thinking about any more. I find it hard to argue, other than "maybe they'll surprise us." :(

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      December 7, 2015 6:31 AM

      Welp, guess I can stop looking forward to this now.

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      December 7, 2015 9:07 AM

      This is fine by me. I have no time to put in to a full playthrough of that huge ass game. Give it to me in chunks for $40.

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      December 7, 2015 11:07 AM

      I wish they'd come out with more detail than this. This could be anything from a minor annoyance to basically ruining it for me.

      I honestly don't see how they could even come close to representing the original game if ti's all cut down into small chunks though. You can hop back and forth through the entire world by the end, so are the last few episodes going to contain all of the content from the previous ones? If they include chocobo breeding for example, how does that carry from one episode to the next? I'm worried they're just going to cut all of it out.

      Maybe they should have called this Final Fantasy VII Retold rather than Remake

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      December 7, 2015 11:19 AM

      My rage will not be episodic, it will all be released at once.

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      December 7, 2015 11:31 AM

      Will be shipped with Episode 3 of Half-Life 2.

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        December 7, 2015 11:32 AM

        You joke, but do you realize I've been waiting almost 10 years for Kingdom Hearts 3? How long do you think Square will keep people waiting for this?

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      December 7, 2015 12:10 PM

      Interest dropped.

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      December 9, 2015 2:24 PM

      Congratz Square, you fucked up. Why dont you Make FF7 online while youre at it.