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‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake E3 2018: 3 Years Later, Any Progress?

Since the Final Fantasy VII remake was announced at E3 2015, fans have had precious little news aside from a handful of trailers and endless articles such as this one asking “So like, what’s up with that Final Fantasy VII remake, though?”

Unfortunately, apart from two trailers, everything has been rumor and hearsay. You can check out the trailers below. Here’s the first trailer, the one that blew the roof off E3 2015:

Here’s the second trailer, a pretty cool gameplay trailer:

Square Enix is set to have a dedicated presentation at E3 2018. We can expect to see Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts 3 and a handful of indies, and that’s all good and well, but this would be a great year for Square Enix to share more about the Final Fantasy 7 remake.

In the first gameplay trailer, we can see the characters running around in a realistically-rendered 3D environment. The first game’s old-school turn-based combat is gone, restyled as something more active and real-time like Final Fantasy XV ’s combat system.

The game was originally being made in collaboration with CyberConnect 2, but apparently, some problems ensued, causing Square Enix to take back control of the game and develop it entirely internally. If CyberConnect2 really did drop the ball when it came to Square Enix’s expectations, and the company now has to rebuild all of those mistakes, that might explain the remake’s absence this year.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII main programmer Haoki Hamaguchi is now leading development on the remake, he stated during a livestream for Mobius Final Fantasy (on which he is project lead).

"As for the whole story, (it's a sensitive topic, but) until now, development was moving forward with external cooperation, but the company has decided to shift to an internal setup, including mass production and quality, because we want to control everything, including quality, on a stable schedule. I won't be leaving Mobius Final Fantasy,” Hamaguchi added.

Last year, remake director Tetsuya Nomura stated, “I didn't put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go.” (The other title he referred to is Kingdom Hearts 3 , another hotly-anticipated title.)

Since Nomura didn’t really reveal much in 2017 despite his hopes, maybe 2018 will be the year he surprises us all, and what better stage to do it than E3?

We know that, according to venerable Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase, the Final Fantasy VII remake will be a game released in parts, much like the three Final Fantasy XIII games. We also know that Nobuo Uematsu, veteran Final Fantasy composer par excellence, will be a part of the new project.

If we get a release date at E3 2018 for this mammoth project, I’d be shocked, but a “work in progress” clip would go a long way towards assuaging anxious fans’ fears of development hell. A new tune or two from Uematsu wouldn’t go amiss either.

What are you hoping to see in Square Enix’ E3 2018 presentation? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below

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