Final Fantasy VII Remake Won’t “Drastically” Change Original Story, Says Co-Director

Despite the oddities within the first part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix says it won't be "drastically" changing the original game's story.

The Final Fantasy VII Remake seemingly ended up being as divisive as expected, though not for the presumed reasons. While many were concerned that Square Enix would simply drop the ball on gameplay, visuals, design, or some combination of said elements, the Japanese publisher instead implemented a bit of a wildcard into the game’s overarching story: the premise of changing one’s fate. This in turn led to some very interesting reveals at the end of the game, throwing the future of the remake series into question. Despite what happened in the ending cutscenes, though, Square Enix will apparently be adhering rather closely to the events of the original game.

An interview from Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania was translated by Twitter user @aitaikimochi, with the user singling out a quote from co-director Yoshinori Kitase wherein he claims that the Square Enix team won’t be “drastically” changing the story. “We’re not drastically changing the story and making it into something completely different than the original,” Kitase said. “Even though it’s a Remake, please assume the story of FF7 will continue as FF7 always has.”

Now, the meaning of Yoshinori Kitase’s statement is still rather up in the air, so to speak. The team can potentially stick with the same story beats while changing just a few things and his statement would still be true. At the same time, it seems as if Square Enix went out of its way to reveal via the game that we shouldn’t expect an exact replica of the original FF7 story for the remake, so to go back on that now would be questionable, at best. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see. Part 2 of the remake can’t be more than a couple years out, right?

Final Fantasy VII Remake is now available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

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Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.

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