Here's Why Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Be 'Episodic'

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With the announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake being multi-part Final Fantasy fans have asked for a reason and now we have one straight from the source

Earlier in the week we had our first solid look at more than a tease for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Sadly this was also accompanied by a press release from Square Enix stating that Final Fantasy VII Remake would also be a multi-part experience on the PS4. As that was announced many Final Fantasy fans who have been begging for Final Fantasy VII Remake went on to express their gamer rage about it being an 'episodic' game and not the full one. That is their term not mine as I always remember Final Fantasy VII requiring disc swaps originally and I see this as pretty much the same thing as the developers work on this and Final Fantasy XV at the same time.

Sadly I am in the minority on that thinking so Square Enix had to come up to bat again and defend why Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a multi-part game and not one single experience. The reasons are partly because each 'episode' (used for lack of term) will be the size of a full game experience and it will allow the team to split their time wisely. All so they can give fans what they want and more with Final Fantasy VII Remake. They are looking to expand on what we all love and not just give us the same old story just on a newer engine with a different combat system. That would be an HD remaster of Final Fantasy VII and not a remake from the ground up.

Besides what was reported earlier in the week though, here is what was stated in defense of Final Fantasy VII Remake being multi-part over in the Square Enix Blog. I personally like the idea and embrace it with less ire than everyone else. Unless of course they charge us a full $60 per 'episode' for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Then we may have more not-so-nice-words to share.

With Final Fantasy VII Remake, we have the opportunity to go beyond the story, world and experience of Final Fantasy VII in ways we’ve always dreamed of - from the depths of Midgar to the skies above the Planet. The multi-part format enables us to expand the original story and turn it into an epic experience for fans and new gamers alike.

This past weekend at PlayStation Experience we were thrilled to present more of Final Fantasy VII Remake. It was great to see so much excitement when we surprised everyone with the first gameplay footage and it was a treat for us to show that development is going well, and further along than perhaps many had realized. Just like when we revealed the announcement trailer at E3 earlier this year, we like surprising you.

One thing that we wanted to be clear about during this weekend to accompany the new trailer was the scale of this project. We wanted to tell you this now and not in the future so that you’d share our vision for what we want to deliver.

The biggest reason why we haven’t done a remake until now is because it’s a massive undertaking to reconstruct Final Fantasy VII from the ground up with the current technology. Producing a proper HD remake of Final Fantasy VII that maintains the same feeling of density of the original would result in a volume of content that couldn’t possibly fit into one installment.

We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision. If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake installment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of Final Fantasy VII. We knew none of you would have wanted that.

Love it or hate it, what is your new take on Final Fantasy VII Remake being multi-part with this new information? Does it make more sense to you or are you being a crazed fan that just wants a new Final Fantasy VII dropped now in a full form? What pricing structure do you think we will get for Final Fantasy VII Remake and will the different parts be released in a timely manner? Let us know and discuss until the chocobos come home in the comments below. As Square Enix updates us all on the happenings of Final Fantasy VII Remake we will have them here for you so stay tuned in to not miss a thing.