Final Fantasy VII Remake Making “Considerable Progress,” May Include Story Changes

Now that the Final Fantasy VII Remake for PlayStation 4 is a reality, Game Director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview with Dengeki Online that it “won’t be a simple remake.”

Nomura then suggested we’ll get more than just improved graphics with the remake:

Even if we were only making the graphics prettier for a next-generation machine, I don’t think it would exceed the original version. If that were the case, the original International version will be available on PlayStation 4, so you could just play that and be done.

Adding that they’re “making considerable progress,” Nomura says Scenario Writer Kazushige Nojima “will be influencing the setup as far as the story.”

In a separate GameSpot interview, Nomura remained ambiguous but hinted at potential story changes for the FFVII Remake:

We’ve announced an HD port version on the PlayStation 4, and then we have the remake coming to PS4. You’ll have this extremely, very, very pretty FFVII existing on the same plane. We feel that if that happens, it’s like, why have the same exact game?

Getting back to the Dengeki interview, Nomura said we can expect another status update on the remake “sometime during the winter.” He adds, “I believe we’re going to announce the official title, at least, but as for other details, we’re in the process of determining what we’re going to put out.”

Further suggesting we’ll get more than just a graphical update with the remake, Nomura spoke with Famitsu:

If you’re doing a full remake, it must be made with a different approach that matches the times. Because it’s now, and precisely because this is a full remake, I want to see what kind of fun is possible.

How much of the original story would you like to see changed with the remake?

[Source: Famitsu, Dengeki Online, GameSpot via Gematsu]