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The Final Fantasy VII remake will be a ‘multi-part series’

Cloud's angst can’t fit into just one release

Over the weekend, Square Enix revealed the latest trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, a much-anticipated reimagining of the beloved 1997 role-playing game. But there's one thing the developer failed to mention: the remake will be more than a single game.

"We couldn't get it all on a single release."

In a follow-up press release, Square revealed that the remake will be "told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience." It's unclear exactly what that means; the new FFVII could be episodic, in the mold of games like Life is Strange or The Walking Dead, or it may be similar to Final Fantasy XIII, which had multiple sequels. Or it could be something altogether different. In an interview with Dengeki Online, Yoshinori Kitase, producer on the original game, explained that "if we took everything that's in the original game and remade it at that quality, we couldn't get it all on a single release."

While the news may be disappointing, breaking up the game is likely an effort at ensuring FFVII Remake avoids a similar fate as Final Fantasy XV, which began development in 2006 for the PlayStation 3, and isn't slated to launch until next year for Xbox One and PS4. FFVII Remake, meanwhile, still doesn't have a release date.