Final Fantasy 7 Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has indicated that future chapters of the remake will stick fairly close to the original game.
“I’ve talked about this extensively with [co-director Tetsuya] Nomura, but I’m sure fans of the original are expecting to revisit familiar locations and scenes, so we have strong feelings to not stray away from that,” said Kitase in an interview for an upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake Ultimania book (translated here). “From here on out, we’re not drastically changing the story and making it into something completely different than the original. Even though it’s a Remake, please assume that FF7 will still be FF7 as usual.”
Writer Kazushige Nojima expanded on Kitase’s statement: “For me, I create scenarios that follow the general flow of the original story but with the assumption that the way things are presented or how events occur might be slightly different.”
It’s very, very difficult to talk about this subject extensively without getting into spoilers. However, our biggest non-spoiler takeaway from this statement is that many of the more significant content pieces from the original Final Fantasy 7 will be present in future installments of the game. Kitase specifically referenced “locations and scenes” while also promising to not “drastically change the story.” It sounds like he’s leaving the door open for at least some minor story alterations.
From here on out we’ll be discussing spoilers. Be sure to walk away now if you don’t want to know more about Final Fantasy 7 Remake. You can also dive into our explanation of that game’s ending if you want a little more background on what happens in the story.
With that out of the way, we have some doubts that future Final Fantasy 7 Remake chapters won’t divulge from the original game in noticeable ways. So far as anyone can tell, the entire point of Final Fantasy 7 Remake‘s ending is that the game is no longer bound to the strict timeline of the original. It would actually be kind of weird if future chapters in the remake didn’t change the original’s story and major moments at least somewhat. At the very least, it seems possible that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will present two separate timelines.
Again, our best guess is that Kitase is reassuring fans that major locations and events from the original game will be preserved in some form. However, it might be safe to say you should expect some changes to occur from here on out.
Square Enix hasn’t announced a follow-up to Final Fantasy 7 Remake at this time. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.