Another 10-year development period?
The Final Fantasy VII Remake has gotten a new lead developer as Square Enix revealed the project will be developed in-house, rather than being outsourced. Despite posting a job listing last week, the company has instead chosen to shift their business plans.
During a special live stream, Square Enix revealed that Naoki Hamaguchi, who was the project lead on Mobius Final Fantasy and main programmer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, will be taking over the top developmental role for the Final Fantasy VII Remake. The developer made the following statement regarding the situation
“So far, development (for FFVIIR) has been carried out mainly with the support of external partners. However, in view of factors such as improving quality when the product goes into mass production in the future, the company has decided to shift the developmental system back to within the company, so as to maintain a stable schedule and have control over factors such as quality. We will be forming a robust system within the company to properly carry out the development.”
It seems like Hamaguchi will be focusing his attention on the upcoming remake for the time being. Nevertheless, the developer stated that he will not be abandoning Mobius Final Fantasy. In light of this recent change, it remains unclear how this will affect Square Enix’s future relations with other outsourcing companies such as CyberConnect2 who was their original partner for the project.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced back in E3 2015. Since then, Square Enix has shared a few trailers and screenshots highlighting the new features in the game. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 with no current release date as of now.