With the Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 making “considerable progress” in its development, Game Director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in a roundtable attended by Eurogamer that the remake actually started development before the FF7 PC port was announced in December 2014:
When we announced the HD port, the PC port on the PS4, we weren’t sure when we wanted to announce the remake. The production was underway then, so there’s no real connection between the timing of the two FF7s coming to PS4. We’ve announced several different titles coming to the PlayStation 4 like World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3.
So why did they announce the remake this week? Square Enix is hoping it will help boost PS4 sales in Japan, as Nomura explained:
If we announced the remake after all those titles have been sold, it wouldn’t have created such an impact, so that’s why we decided on this timing. We wanted to reassure players that PlayStation 4 is coming out with great titles including Final Fantasy 7. That’s why we decided to announce the remake.
While it seems there will be changes to the core game with the remake, Nomura said, “Please look forward to it” when specifically asked about Cloud wearing a dress in the upcoming version.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Development Started Before December 2014