This weeks Dengeki Playstation revealed new information about the Final Fantasy VII Remake including voice acting and an open world map. Before we get into the interview , I think it's important to ask ourselves if CyberConnect2 is capable of providing a quality experience to fans of Final Fantasy VII.
While the .Hack games were great and impressive for their time, their latest work such as Hyper Dimension Neptunia and Naruto Ultimate Ninja lack the polish needed in such a high profile release.
Given the answers provided by game director Tetsuya Nomura and producer Yoshinori Kitase, and the fact that Cyberconnect2 is involved, is it safe to say the Final Fantasy VII Remake is in good hands? So without further adieu, let's get started on processing the interview.
When the subject of voice acting was presented, Nomura has revealed that the game will be in fact fully voiced. Nomura and Kitase also go on to say the dating scenes from the game will be an interesting inclusion along with the Honey Bee Inn.
Nomura: “Basically, it will be fully voiced. We still haven’t decided the voices of the characters that weren’t in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.”
Kitase: “It would be impossible not to. (Laughs.) However, since it’s different from that time and social situation, we need implement the reproduction of original events carefully.”
Nomura: “Ah, the Honey Bee Inn… (Laughs.)”
When asked if the game will still be open world and the development status of the game, Kitase mentioned Square-Enix does not plan on focusing on an open world map. As for the development, Square-Enix is finally starting development on the title.
It's interesting as most games have a small amount of development time before being announced, however Square-Enix is famous for setting their own pace.
Kitase: “We can’t say anything yet, but we don’t plan on fussing about whether it’s a so-called open-world or sandbox. But since Nomura is more focused on the creation of the scenery, we want to express an environment character actions affect the scenery.”
“We’re at the stage where we can say we’re finally getting started. We have ideas regarding battles, too, but it will take time to drop them into the actual game.”
Ending the interview, Nomura stated new information may be available after the release of Kingdom Hearts 2.8HD and World of Final Fantasy in 2016.
Nomura: “Personally, I’m waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 and World of Final Fantasy in 2016. I think when they’re completed, I’ll be able to release new information.”
After hearing this new information it is our opinion that the Final Fantasy VII remake is in good hands. As long as Cyberconnect2 do not have creative control, their extra man power should reduce development time.
It's only natural Square-Enix would want to focus on upcoming titles such as Kingdom Hearts and World of Final Fantasy before talking more about Final Fantasy VII Remake.
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