Square Enix debuted the first gameplay footage of Final Fantasy VII at the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco. The company also said that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a multi-part series, leading gamers to wonder if that meant it would be episodic. But unlike other episodic content, it appears that Square is aiming more for multiple installments of a full-sized game rather than bite-sized episodes.
I reached out to Square Enix for comment and this is what they said when I asked if the game would be episodic:
Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be told in a multi-part series meaning instead of concluding in one entry, multiple entries are being considered in development. Each entry will have its own unique story. As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.
It reads a bit like PR jargon but the words that they use point to this not being an episodic series in the traditional sense. Episodic games are fairly short in length, similar to that of a TV series. Square Enix was careful to point out that each “entry” will be a “full-sized game” in its own right. Sources confirm that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will in fact be longer than the original game.
There is precedent for this in the Final Fantasy game series. Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 continued the story in what amounted to the first direct sequel in the franchise. It also doesn’t seem to be a done deal as they say that “multiple entries are being considered in development.”
We’ll have more Final Fantasy VII news when it becomes available. In the meantime, check out the gameplay that was showed at PlayStation Experience in the video below:
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