Final Fantasy VII Remake director, Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that he would be passing the director role to his co-director, Naoki Hamaguchi. This news came to us as they also announced two mobile games for Final Fantasy VII.
New Director, Same Direction
While Hamaguchi might be taking over as director, Nomura will have a much more broader position. He will be the creative director for all projects involving Final Fantasy VII including the Remakes. This will also include the newly announced mobile entries.
“The base gameplay of FFVII Remake has been solidified with the first game, and I can see what needs to be improved in the future, so I’ll leave the director of the next game to Hamaguchi, and I’ll be involved as the overall creative director for FFVII projects including remakes and mobile games,” Nomura explains.
As co-director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Hamaguchi knows exactly what vision and direction Nomura has in mind for the Remakes. There’s no doubt that as creative director, Nomura will still be very hands on with the project, as well.
Both Nomura and Hamaguchi have a long standing career within the Square Enix company. Nomura started with Square on Final Fantasy IV where he was a debugger. Nomura also designed all of the characters for the original Final Fantasy VII, so these projects are very close to him.
Hamaguchi has been with the company since the early 2000s. He started as a programmer. Final Fantasy VII Remake was his directorial debut but has worked on previous Final Fantasy titles.
Other Final Fantasy VII Projects
Nomura explained that he was stepping down as director to focus on other entries as well. He plans to oversee all aspects of Final Fantasy VII and that includes the new mobile games. It also includes the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and it’s Yuffie DLC.
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier
The first of the mobile games is Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier. This game is set to release on IOS and Android later in the year. It is a battle royale spin-off game set 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy VII.
You’ll play as a SOLDIER candidate and battle for survival. Players will have access to a variety of different weapons and abilities. You can watch the trailer here.
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis
The second game announced was Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis. Ever Crisis is described as a single player chapter-structured game. It will cover all events within the Final Fantasy VII timeline, including the original game. You can watch the trailer here.
Final Fantasy VII Intergrade
Final Fantasy VII Intergrade comes to PlayStation 5 on June 10th. It will feature upgraded graphics and other PlayStation 5 specs.
Intergrade also comes with a new Yuffie Episode that will introduce players to the Materia hunting ninja. It will be two chapters long and give a bit more insight into Yuffie’s story.
Nomura As Creative Director
It’s understandable why Nomura would want to have a more overseeing position of everything. There are many projects happening with Final Fantasy VII and he will be overseeing all of them.
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