Final Fantasy 7, the most successful instalment in the series, is officially heading to the lab again for a remake. Game developer Square Enix has confirmed it after releasing on its website a job post hunting for key staff.
Final Fantasy 7 remake
At the earnings call this month in Tokyo, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda showed in in his presentation a list of the firm's most successful franchises, which will are also part of its future releases slated to come out in the next three years.
On its official website, Square Enix's call for applicants all the more confirmed the firm's move to bring back the most successful Final Fantasy franchise. The management is looking into beefing up the development team behind the planned Final Fantasy 7 remake.
"I believe that many of us developers share the same feeling that Final Fantasy 7 is a special title", writes game director Tetsuya Nomura in Japanese. "Twenty years have gone by and the number of generations that aren't familiar with Final Fantasy 7 is increasing, so we must remake the game using today's technology and systems in order to make it into a title that can last several more decades".
Nomura admitted that the Final Fantasy remake had already been in development since E3 last year. He expressed his high hopes that the game will outshine the original Final Fantasy 7. So far, another detail that had been confirmed is that Steve Burton, as he himself announced on Twitter in April, will be reprising his role as Cloud Strife.
Meanwhile, critics express their reservations over Square Enix's three-year timeframe. The latest franchise of the series, Final Fantasy XV, went through 10 years long in development.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake, Square Enix has also confirmed it is planning to release the Kingdom Hearts 3 by the end of 2018. According to well-known insider Jose Alamo, the company is planning to release its first official trailer during the 2017 E3 event.