If you have a pulse and an internet connection, you’ve undoubtedly heard about – and are excited for – the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. Some fans were a bit worried that it might stray too far from the original, or that the voice acting might be a bit odd, but so far all signs point to this game being great. It’s understandable to be nervous when we’re talking about such a beloved title, but rest assured – it’s in good hands, especially after this latest announcement from Square Enix.
In 2015, it was announced that a company called CyberConnect2, who had previously worked on Naruto and .hack games, would be handling the FFVII remake. This third-party developer is no longer holding the reigns to the most anticipated remake of all time, though. It’s now back in the capable hands of Square Enix, where it should be.
“I’ve taken over the development side of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake,” revealed Hamaguchi. “Up until now, development has progressed by receiving external collaboration, but from here on out, with production and quality in mind, we’re shifting to our in-house organization. This company decision was made wanting to control quality as well as keeping the schedule stable.”
It’s unclear if there were issues with the previous developer, or if Square just realized the magnitude of this and decided they should really handle it in-house, but in either case – this is good news. Not to take anything away from CyberConnect2, but it just makes more sense for Square Enix to be handling this one.
It’s also unclear if they’re going to build on the work that’s already been done, or circle back to give things more of a “Square Enix” feel. If they decide to re-work some things that have already been completed, it could cause a delay. On the other hand, having a larger studio with more resources working on this game could also mean an earlier release date.