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Tetsuya Nomura, Yusuke Naora, Yoshinori Kitase, Kazushige Nojima

The Final Fantasy VII Remake project was in development for PlayStation 4 before the port of the original Final Fantasy VII was announced, Square Enix claim in an interview with Eurogamer.

“When we announced the HD port, the PC port on the PS4, we weren’t sure when we wanted to announce the remake,” Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura said to the site. “The production was underway then, so there’s no real connection between the timing of the two FF7s coming to PS4. We’ve announced several different titles coming to the PlayStation 4 like World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3.”

According to Nomura, the announcement was made in part as part of an effort to help boost sales of the PlayStation 4 in Japan, where the console market has shrunk considerably, and home console sales are at an all-time low.

“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,” Nomura said.

“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.”

Speaking with Dengekidirector Tetsuya Nomura had a few more words to share about the much anticipated remake.

Dengeki kicked off the interview by expressing their enthusiasm at how Final Fantasy VII could look in its new and evolved form on PlayStation 4, 20 years after its original release.

“I can’t share too much for now, but it won’t be a simple remake,” says Nomura. “If we were to simply just make the graphics look pretty for the new generation consoles, I don’t think it could surpass the original version. If that’s what you wanted, I think it’d be enough to just play the original International version on PlayStation 4, and it would be satisfying enough.”

“We’ve yet to show any screenshots from the game, but it has vastly evolved, so please look forward to it,” Nomura continues. “Again, this time, since the story is being handled by Nojima, that also means that there will be more work added to it, so please look forward to that as well.”

When asked about the footage shown in the Final Fantasy VII remake teaser trailer, Nomura says that it’s actually part of a footage that is seen in the game. The quality will increase over time.

“The first platform you’ll get to play it on will be PlayStation 4, without question,” says Nomura when asked about which other platform we’ll see the game on. “We haven’t thought about the other [platforms] so it’s still unknown. Our company will continue releasing more PlayStation 4 titles, so we’d like to expand on the hardware, and get the industry excited.”

Next, Famitsu asks whether it the Final Fantasy VII remake will mainly be an HD remake.

Final Fantasy VII is special, and simply making the graphics better-looking won’t ‘surpass’ the [original] game,” responds Nomura.

“There won’t be any new characters. As far as visual taste goes, it’s going to match the visuals we’ve seen this time, and be more on the realistic side,” says Nomura when asked about any scenario changes or new characters.

Finally, Famitsu asks more about the game system.

“While I can’t say much about the details, it will be changed to a system that has a sense of reality,” answers Nomura.

Source: Siliconera

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