It has been a while since we received any news on the status of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Recently, interest in the title has dropped in favor of the more immediate release of Kingdom Hearts III.
However, in a closed door event targeted towards The World Ends With You: Final Remix, Kingdom Hearts creator and Final Fantasy VII Remake director, Tetsuya Nomura, gave an interesting quip towards the possible inclusion of Final Fantasy VII spin-off titles (officially known as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII).
Nomura was quoted at the event as saying, “Not everyone may know this, but I’m remaking Final Fantasy VII. Right now I’m concentrating on Kingdom Hearts III, but when that’s finished, VII will be where I head next. I’m thinking about ideas regarding the remake’s release—I even spoke to producer Kitase about it today. All of us old-timers are considering various developments in regards to what accompanies the remake. Like if we can manage to do something about the Compilation titles too. But for the time being, please wait for VII‘s turn to come.”
Nomura was the original character designer for Final Fantasy VII and now has been elevated to the director of the remake project. While his quote does not confirm the possibility of standalone remakes of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII or Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, it seems he is mulling over the idea of how to incorporate these stories into the overarching narrative of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
It is unclear whether Nomura intends to include parts of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII that are not video games in his description of “Compilation titles.” Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is considered to be part of the Compilation, but is a standalone film that takes place after the events of the main entry.
In regards to the capacity in which Nomura is devoting himself to the production of the remake currently, we have known for some time that Kingdom Hearts III has been the priority at Square Enix and that Nomura has been spread thin within the company.
Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced at E3 2015 and doesn’t have a release date as of yet.