The Final Fantasy franchise has a massive following and while there are several installments to enjoy, there are a few that stand out among the rest. One of those games in particular that fans have been asking Square Enix to remake for years now had been Final Fantasy VII. It wouldn’t be until earlier this year that fans would finally get the chance to enjoy a remake of the much-beloved entry. However, it wouldn’t be the full game as Square Enix is making a remake not only enhanced but expanded in certain areas.
As a result, this would be a multiple installment release. For now, not even the development team knows just how many installments this game would see release into the market. For now, players have the first installment to enjoy on the PlayStation 4. But with that said, there is an upcoming part already in the works, although because of the coronavirus health pandemic outbreak that hit the world earlier this year and continues to cause a massive issue, developers are working remotely.
Recently, The Guardian managed to speak with Yoshinori Kitase, the producer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and asked about the current process of delivering fans a second part to this game. According to Kitase, there was no way of telling just how big of a global pandemic this virus has caused and forced changes across the world.
“I am pained and saddened to see so many people around the world suffering from the virus and even losing their lives. When we set the release date for the game, nobody could have predicted a global pandemic like this, and the release of the game happening during this unprecedented situation has blindsided us.”
Kitase continued on to state that the next game part is already taking a hit due to the virus. It’s causing so many developers to not produce work as efficiently, but despite the struggle, the development team doesn’t feel that the virus would lead to a big impact on the game development long term.
“At this current time, the team is still making the next game via remote working. Our performance will temporarily drop below 100% efficiency because of this, but I do not think there should be a big impact in the long term. I sincerely hope that Final Fantasy VII Remake can provide those who are forced to endure the stress of living under lockdown a moment of relief and enjoyment in these trying times.”
Of course, with that said there is no way of telling how the virus will hold up in the coming months to even years. We’re still waiting on a vaccine to pull through and the threat of another surge of cases around the world this fall has caused quite a bit of concern regarding just how much of an impact the virus will have on us this fall.