Nomura is a master trickster
Now that Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally out, the team is starting to open up about what the future might bring, and the path that led to its eventual, delayed release.
The key source of information these past few days has come from one giant tome: the new Ultimania book, which has been thankfully translated by Twitter user aitaikimochi. We already learned about how future episodes could pan out, but now we have the goods on another bit of the tome that tells us what went into the thought process of adding “Remake” to the nomenclature of the project.
Responding to the question of why the phrase “Remake” was specifically placed into the title, you can practically see co-director Tetsuya Nomura grinning from ear to ear. Nomura says that it was him who decided to use “Remake,” and that there are “two meanings” (oh boy, this is like a Kingdom Hearts ending in real life).
Nomura says the first meaning deals with “quelling the doubt” that it would be a remaster; so he put “Remake” up there in neon lights to people would know it’s legit. Nomura says “[he] can’t answer” as to what the second meaning is right now, and to “ask [him] again in a couple of years,” with a laugh. Boom, there it is.
Because commenters are no doubt going to be talking about the new Remake ending, tread lightly. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice to say the wait for the next entry is going to be excruciating, if only to see how much the team deviates from the main storyline. According to producer Yoshinori Kitase, “the story of FF7 will continue as FF7 always has.”