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Final Fantasy VII Remake 2 Not Hugely Impacted by COVID-19

Final Fantasy VII Remake 2 Not Hugely Impacted by COVID-19If you guys are like me, you’ll take any good news you can get these days. Well, here’s some: the development team for the next Final Fantasy VII Remake game are not feeling a big impact from COVID-19.

That’s the word from head honchos Yoshinori Kitase and Naoki Hamaguchi, who were recently interviewed by UK newspaper The Guardian.

Sayeth Kitase:

At this current time, the team are still making the next game via remote working. Our performance will temporarily drop below 100% efficiency because of this, but I do not think there should be a big impact in the long term.

The producer also expressed how the game being released in the middle of a pandemic “blindsided” the team, but added he hopes it “can provide those who are forced to endure the stress of living under lockdown a moment of relief and enjoyment in these trying times.”

There’s lots more in the interview about expanding Midgar, bringing Sephiroth in earlier, etc., so give it a look, if only to see both developers keeping their lips sealed when it comes to anything remotely resembling details about the next game.

Also: it’s good to hear the team is hard at work, but let’s remember that part 2 was still in the planning stages as of May, so it’s not like we’ll be getting our hands on it anytime soon.

Anyway, here’s how Square Enix describes Remake part 1:

The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him.

Source: The Guardian

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.