Director of the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake, Tetsuya Nomura, has agreed that the game’s existence was announced way too early.

Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII is one of the RPG franchise’s most popular instalments. Focusing on Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joined an eco-terrorist group in an effort to stop a corrupt corporation from tapping the life essence of their planet as an energy source. The first Final Fantasy game to be developed for a disc-based system, rumours of a Final Fantasy VII remake were making the rounds years before it was confirmed at a Final Fantasy 30th anniversary show in May 2018.

In an interview with multiplayer.it, Nomura commented on the early release announcement. When asked about how he preferred to work – shrouded in secrecy until the game is almost complete (as with Kingdom Hearts III) or with an early announcement like this, when work is just beginning:

“Announcing your game to the public is always a difficult decision to make. I understand why some companies wait as long as possible and I think it’s a good thing for them,” stated Nomura. “But in our case we receive pressure from the fans even when we do not announce anything.”

While he sympathised with gamers who are upset that they may have to wait another five years to see the Final Fantasy VII remake, Nomura also defended the reasoning behind the early announcement, saying that it would be worse to say nothing and let false rumours grow than to establish the truth now:

“People are waiting for new information regardless of whether the game has been announced or not,” noted Nomura. “It’s great when we manage to keep it secret for as long as possible, but today a lot of important projects are the victim of rumors and leaks. Honestly, I prefer that we officially reveal one of our games instead of seeing a leak or a rumor reported online… I am aware of the fact that we announced (the game) very early, but word that we were working on the game was already beginning to spread within the industry. So we decided not to keep it secret any longer and officially revealed it.”

Whether you agree with Nomura’s stance or not, you have to admit that finding out that there’s a long wait before Final Fantasy VII is a lot better than finding out it’s never going to happen.

A release date has not been announced for the remake, but the hope is that is will be released before the franchise’s 35th anniversary in 2023.

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