'Final Fantasy 7 Remake' Update: Why Title Didn't Appear at E3 2017; Latest Development Details from Square Enix

By Matthew King, | June 19, 2017

"Final Fantasy 7 Remake did not show up at E3 2017. (YouTube)

"Final Fantasy 7 Remake did not show up at E3 2017. (YouTube)

Unlike "Kingdom Hearts 3" which received its latest gameplay trailer at E3 last week, "Final Fantasy 7 Remake" did not make an appearance at all. But perhaps, the latest development update from Square Enix itself could explain why. 

The game developer must have disappointed lots of fans who were rooting for "Final Fantasy 7 Remake" to make a surprise appearance at this year's trade show like "Kingdom Hearts 3". It did not show up, however, and seemingly, it has to do with the recent announcement from Square Enix surrounding the game's development.

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"Final Fantasy 7 Remake" is well underway for its release within the next three years or so but latest news confirmed that Square Enix has made a signficant decision aimed to speed up progess in development. According to Gamespot citing Gematsu, the game publisher announced via a livestream that it is now developed internally at its studio and dropped support of an external developer, CyberConnect2.

Main programmer Haoki Hamguchi is now the project lead of the the game's development. One can imagine the transition involved from the tapped external developer and then moving back in-house. It makes sense if people at Square Enix studio will not be ready yet for a new gameplay trailer for E3.

Also, the Business Division 1, which is in-charge now of "Final Fantasy 7 Remake", has announced their need for more people to get on board the team.  Yoshinori Kitase revealed that they set a goal to come up with a better game than its original title especially in areas of of quality.

To achieve this, they need to hire additional crew members to build up more strength to the core team as it gears toward the development progress phase. What is crucial according to game director Tetsuya Nomura is the original game was released a couple of decades ago.

Nomura pointed out that the number of generations that are not familiar with the game continues to rise. "So, we must remake the game using today's technology and systems in order to make it into a title that can last several more decades," he said. 

"Final Fantasy 7 Remake" is action role-playing game being developed and published by Square Enix. It will be launched as an exclusive title for Sony's PlayStation 4 but the release date is not yet announced. 

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