Producer Yoshinori Kitase gave more information as to what was meant when the FFVII remake was reported as being split up into parts. There is still a large amount of uncertainty when it comes to understanding what to expect with a multi-part series that will expand beyond the original story:

“With Final Fantasy 7 Remake, we have the opportunity to go beyond the story, world and experience of Final Fantasy 7, in ways we’ve always dreamed of — from the depths of Midgar to the skies above the Planet. The multi-part format enables us to expand the original story and turn it into an epic experience for fans and new gamers alike.”

Fans of the original are able to read between the lines—this could mean that reliving the original plot as it exists simply might not happen. Remakes or sequels that abandon the key concepts of the original works are incredibly common. If the team behind this project has decided to go the contrary route and avoid fan service, there will be many hearts breaking. Mine is included in that group; you can tell I assumed things would be different from my initial reaction to this story.

“One thing that we wanted to be clear about during this weekend to accompany the new trailer was the scale of this project. We wanted to tell you this now and not in the future so that you’d share our vision for what we want to deliver. The biggest reason why we haven’t done a remake until now is because it’s a massive undertaking to reconstruct FINAL FANTASY VII from the ground up with the current technology. Producing a proper HD remake of FINAL FANTASY VII that maintains the same feeling of density of the original would result in a volume of content that couldn’t possibly fit into one instalment [sic.]”

This ambiguous wording could easily be read as an attempt to convince an audience to be open to something incredibly new and different from what they would expect. When it comes to continuing the story of a classic, that is not a simple task.

“We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision,” he said. “If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of Final Fantasy 7. We knew none of you would have wanted that.”

It’s difficult to be hopeful when nothing stated by Kitase directly addresses what everyone is really worried about. I want to keep hope alive but I keep having violent flashbacks to the Spirits Within film. The was a movie that happened. Never forget.

via Square Enix Blog