We talk about the Final Fantasy 7 remake as being “episodic”. We got this information from a Kotaku article. Hmmm. But now everyone repeats it everywhere. Everyone takes it as the gospel truth. And to add insult to injury, Kotaku quotes a press release and bolds this part:
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.
So now we have a dilemma, is it episodic or multipart? And for all of you who are wondering the difference:
- Think of “episodic” in terms of the chapters in Final Fantasy IV: The After Year.
- Think of “multipart” in terms of the parts of Final Fantasy XIII’s trilogy or, more fittingly, Final Fantasy VII’s compilation.
For all we know, Final Fantasy 7 may be remaking everything, starting with the original game. So which is it?
If you want to hide something, flash the headline and bury it in text.
So far, we’re thinking “ episodic”, in terms of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. But it could be multi-part, like the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. Why do I suppose so?
It means instead of concluding in one entry, multiple entries are being considered in development. Each entry will have its own unique story. As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.
Final Fantasy IV’s The After Years episodes weren’t full games. The trilogy of Final Fantasy XIII is full games. Final Fantasy VII, if broken up into episodes, wouldn’t be a unique story (it would be the same one). Final Fantasy XIII’s trilogy has three different stories with three different battle systems. Each provides its own gaming experience. And The After Years concluded as a single entry after its last episode. Final Fantasy XIII’s trilogy concluded after three entries.
What this might actually mean is they’re thinking of making an official Final Fantasy VII Saga. What games might they include? Perhaps a remake of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (with new licensing). Maybe a remake of Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII featuring the Turks. We could even see a Genesis game in the works.
But Final Fantasy VII’s story broken down into episodes? That’s just thinking small. Consider that we got Final Fantasy XV and his buddies in “episodes”…I think you’ll get what they’ll do with Final Fantasy VII’s remake. Square Enix considers these Final Fantasy XV “episodes” full games too.