2016 is the year where we finally see Final Fantasy 15 get its release date. This title has been through development hell and several directors. But now Square Enix are gearing up to release one of the most highly anticipated JRPGs in recent years. Are you more excited for this game than you are for Persona 5?
But there's another Final Fantasy title on the horizon that has captured our hearts and minds: Final Fantasy 7 is returning in the form of a stunning remake. However, we received some news about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake that has upset various members of the fanbase. Has this news altered your perception of the Remake? Has it affected your hype for the return of one of gaming's greatest masterpieces?
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be An Episodic Adventure
On December 6th last year, Square Enix made an announcement regarding the Final Fantasy 7 Remake:
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.
It means instead of concluding in one entry, multiple entries are being considered in development. Each entry will have its own unique story. As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.
The reaction from fans demonstrated their extreme displeasure towards the announcement. Many saw it as a way for Square Enix to gain as much money as possible from the remake of Final Fantasy 7, as they knew that dedicated fans would be more likely to purchase the entire collection. However, Square have defended their decision by stating that the game is far too large to fit into one installment.
Tetsuya Nomura emerged after the backlash from fans in order to make things clearer from their standpoint:
To a great extent, we just couldn’t take the plunge. Producing a proper HD remake of Final Fantasy 7 that maintains the same feeling of density of the original results in a volume of content that couldn’t possibly fit into one installment [...] If we were to try to fit everything into one installment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version. But there would be no point in doing that."
This makes sense, but it doesn't eliminate the fact that we won't be able to experience the Final Fantasy 7 Remake as one complete game until every installment is released. And if there's enough content in each chapter for an entire game, how much are we expected to pay for them individually? Its made us anxious and I feel like the announcement has dampened players' excitement for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Final Fantasy 15 Vs Final Fantasy 7
A while back, when we asked fans about which Final Fantasy game they were looking forward to the most, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake won out. However, that was before the announcement that it was an episodic adventure. Now that 2016 is here and we're closer to the release date of Final Fantasy 15, where do your loyalties lie? Are you more excited to get your hands on Final Fantasy XV? Has the episodic nature of Final Fantasy 7 pissed you off?
Personally, I can't wait to see what Square Enix will achieve with Final Fantasy XV. We've been waiting for this game for so many years and it could turn out to be the most ambitious Final Fantasy game to date. Who knows? Maybe it'll be one of the best games of the year! Let us know where you stand in the comments below.