It is no exaggeration to say that Final Fantasy VII is considered to be one of the most influential, if not best, JRPGs to date. The Final Fantasy series in itself is a major franchise for Square Enix, spanning over numerous games, spinoffs, and subseries. In 2015, when a remake of Final Fantasy VII was confirmed to be in the works, fans worldwide were ecstatic to be able to revisit an old classic with modern graphics.
However, Square Enix as of late has been dropping the ball with regards to the remastering of a couple of their beloved franchises. On February 15, the remake for Secret of Mana was released, only to garner tepid responses as a whole; this was soon followed by the releasing of Chrono Trigger for the PC on February 27th, which was regarded as “a perfect example of how to not re-release a classic game” from VG247.
It didn’t take long for fans of Square Enix to grow weary and distrustful of how the company was planning to handle the long awaited Final Fantasy VII remake. We at Mammoth Gamers actively questioned whether or not Square Enix was going to endanger the release, as the previous two games didn’t instill much faith. Gamers were still looking forward to the remaster, but the unbridled excitement was tapered to a cautious anticipation.
While the majority of fans knew that the Final Fantasy VII remake wasn’t anywhere near completion, we couldn’t have anticipated just how delayed its production would be. Although mostly unconfirmed, according to a discussion between producer Yoshinori Kitase and lead of development Naoki Hamaguchi, the estimated release date will be somewhere in 2023. However, work is being put into the project so that hopefully the five year wait will be drastically shortened.
If there is no official confirmation by Square Enix soon, it would be safe to assume that we will receive some sort of update on the game’s production during E3 this year.
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