Few game announcements have been as divisive as the Final Fantasy VII remake. On one hand, it’s the remake fans have spent years asking Square Enix for. On the other hand, there are many concerns about it—one of the greatest of which is its multi-part format.
Square Enix has said very little about how the game will be split, which has led to some fans fearing the worst. Let’s take a look from the other side and consider a few ways a multi-part Final Fantasy VII remake could actually be good.
- Content Won’t Be Cut
The explanation from the developers—that an HD remake of Final Fantasy VII couldn’t be released as a single game unless content was cut—left fans scratching their heads. It’s a big game, but it’s not that big. From Square Enix’s perspective, however, remaking Final Fantasy VII is a massive undertaking. It requires huge costs and resources. Splitting it into smaller projects will allow them to include everything they want.
- We’ll Get It Sooner
Once the first part of Final Fantasy VII is finished, Square Enix will undoubtedly release it while continuing development on the rest. This is a win-win situation—Square Enix gains additional funds from the first part, and fans get to play the remake much earlier than if we had to wait for the entire game to be ready.
- It Can Include the Compilation
19 years after the original release, Final Fantasy VII is no longer a single game. It’s a miniature series in its own right. Crisis Core, Advent Children, and Dirge of Cerberus all expanded the story. Putting the full story in strict chronological order would be a mistake, but each of these games could be included in the remake in one form or another.
- It Means More Final Fantasy VII
The main reason the news made fans worry is because of the image it presented—Final Fantasy VII chopped into bite-sized pieces to drain consumers of money while the developers cackled in glee. However, Square Enix has said each part will be a full-length game. The original Final Fantasy VII was already a full-length game. If we take them at their word, this means the Final Fantasy VII remake should be at least twice as long as the original, or more depending on the number of parts. That’s twice as much Final Fantasy VII! That, at least, should be a good thing.
Hearing Final Fantasy VII would be remade in multiple parts struck fear into me, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. What do you think? Is the Final Fantasy VII remake’s multi-part format its salvation—or its doom?