Square-Enix sent out its press release for the Final Fantasy VII remake last night, and one little sentence from that release has lit up the Internet. Specifically, the bolded part below from the third sentence.
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 6, 2015) – During this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience in San Francisco, SQUARE ENIX® debuted a new trailer for FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, FINAL FANTASY VII. The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.
That’s right: it’s an episodic series. On the bright side this may mean we’ll get to play the game sooner; on the not-so-bright side, when people bought the original game in 1997 all three discs were in the same box.
A lot of Square fans are furious today, accusing Square of price-gouging and wondering what disappointments are coming next. Unfortunately for them, it’s more likely to be true than not, since Square has said in the past that one of the big reasons they wouldn’t budge on remaking FF7 was because the game was simply too big in scope to recreate completely. This could be their way of finding a solution.
But what does it mean for the open-world exploration element, a big factor in the game’s appeal? Is that still possible? At what point in the story does TO BE CONTINUED hit, and how will it affect gameplay? A lot of things need clarification now, and I hope Square is prepared to give us the answers. People aren’t happy right now…