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Final Fantasy VII Remake Co-Director: Next Game Still in Planning Stages

Final Fantasy VII Remake Co-Director: Next Game Still in Planning StagesAll finished with Final Fantasy VII Remake and ready to play the sequel? Um, about that…

An interview with co-directors Naoki Hamaguchi and Motomu Toriyama in the recently-published book Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania put a bit of a damper on the idea that we’re going to get #2 any time soon.

Sayeth Hamaguchi in translation via @aitaikimochi:

“We are in the current stages of planning, so nothing is solid yet.”

Or, if you prefer @aitaikimochi’s more literal (and even more depressing) translation:

“We are in the stage where we have begun thinking about concepts that are not yet clear.”

Toriyama expanded on the answer, saying that he was responsible for Midgar in the original game, meaning he knew it like the back of his hand, but that for following segments, he will have to “rewatch gameplay to revisit them.”

Now, this interview took place in March, so there may have been progress since then, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for part 2.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania was published in Japan April 28. It contains interviews, concept art, character profiles and more. Final Fantasy VII Remake itself is, of course, the long-awaited first part of the remake of Final Fantasy VII that hit PlayStation 4 in April. It goes like this, according to Square Enix:

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: Otakomu

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.