The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is at last in players’ hands after a wait of almost two decades, but the PS4 exclusive doesn’t tell the full story. Square Enix has decided to release the remake of the PS1 classic episodically, with an unconfirmed amount of future instalments of the FF7 Remake in the pipelines. And, considering fans have had plenty of time to complete the Final Fantasy 7 Remake since its release in April, attention is starting to shift to what’s coming next.
At the moment concrete details on Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 are few and far between, but there are a number of confirmed things we know for sure.
Back during E3 last year producer Yoshinori Kitase said planning on Part 2 had already begun, and that development on the project should be more “efficient”.
Kitase-san said: “While the development team finish the first game in the project, we are continuing to plan and outline the overall volume of content for the second.
“Due to the work already done on the first game we anticipate development of the second game to be more efficient.
“We have our own internal schedule and plan, but for now we’d like to focus our information on the first game in the project.”
While back in November Final Fantasy 7 Remake director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that development on Part 2 had begun.
Nomura-san said: “We’ve already begun working on the next one as well, but I’m confident that playing through this title will expand your expectations just like the world that extends beyond Midgar.”
These tantalising teases will surely excite fans, but it’s unclear exactly how many years fans will have to wait till Part 2 drops.
There was almost five years between the announcement of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake and its eventual release date.
But Kitase’s teases about development of Part 2 being more “efficient” hints that gamers won’t be waiting as long.
And now a new leak, which initially fans were sceptical about, could have shined more light on when the next Final Fantasy 7 Remake game will actually get released.
Back in April a post, which has since been deleted, emerged on Reddit claiming to outline the release schedule for AAA games Square Enix has in development.
The post claimed that development of these titles has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced millions of people around the world to work from home.
And it also listed a tonne of unannounced games alongside release date windows for them.
The post mentioned a Dragon Quest III Remake for PS5, two new Kingdom Hearts game, a new Tomb Raider game and Life is Strange 3.
The Reddit post also allegedly leaked the release plans for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, and said the next FF7 game is meant to come out during Q1 2023.
While having to wait three years in-between instalments may come as a blow to fans, it would be shorter than the wait between the first part’s announcement and eventual release.
There were plenty of eye-catching claims made in the Reddit post, but what made fans dubious was the post referred to in-development games that will be using Unreal Engine 5.
At the time, Unreal Engine 5 hadn’t been announced – which led some Redditors to think the outlined release schedule was fake.
However, as highlighted by Inverse, this post has come back into the spotlight due to the recent unveiling of UE5.
Epic Games showcased what their next engine is capable of during a Summer Game Fest stream on Wednesday May 13.
Devs who use the engine will be able to create environments made up of millions or billions of polygons.
And, from what we saw in the tech demo, it looks like the next-gen will move us closer to photorealistic graphics than we’ve ever been before.
The recent unveiling of Unreal Engine 5, and how the now deleted Reddit post mentioned it before it was announced, could be a sign it’s a legitimate leak.
Which would mean the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is a few years away, and will have a release date in Q1 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X and PCs.
While the wait may come as a blow to fans, what hopefully will soften that is the news the project could be made in Unreal Engine 5.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which was made with Unreal Engine 4, is one of the best looking games of this generation.
And it will be hugely exciting to see how good Part 2 could end up looking, if it does end up getting powered by UE5 and the beefy next-gen consoles.
As always with rumours it’s best to take them with a big pinch of salt until official confirmation.
But if true it gives a tantalising insight into what Square Enix could have planned for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake and beyond.
Published at Sun, 17 May 2020 13:34:00 +0000