The Final Fantasy VII Remake is Now Being Developed by Square Enix
The remake for Final Fantasy VII is currently in development. Production started with CyberConnect2. CyberConnect2 has produced several Naruto games and fighting game Asura’s Wrath).
However, Square Enix has taken over production themselves. Although the remake was supposed to be handled by CyberConnect2, Enix has reached out to other companies.
Another reason for the shift in production is the decision to spread the game out to three releases. Square is expecting all three games to be on the scale of Final Fantasy XIII. The gaming company was concerned that by not handling the game themselves, they would have to cut out major parts.
Square licensed the Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games (an engine that’s been used for games such as Bioshock Infinite). Developers from Kingdom Hearts III were called in for assistance because they have experience with that engine.
Production of a Final Fantasy VII has been in the works since the early 2000’s with plans for remakes for Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX.
With the Unreal Engine, gameplay of the Final Fantasy VII remake will have less turn-based combat and focus more on dynamic battle. Gameplay will be closer to Kingdom Hearts or Devil May Cry (Similar to Final Fantasy XV)
At this time, a trailer is available however there is no set release date. It is unknown if the game will retain an open world environment.
The Final Fantasy VII remake will be a Playstation 4 exclusive and there are no plans for Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. This decision makes sense as Final Fantasy VII was a landmark game for Sony’s original Playstation.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer