If playable cat creatures in JRPGs are your factor then Final Fantasy VII Remake is a significant bummer. A Square Enix developer interview sheds gentle on the state of Midgar and gameplay choices which are elevating some followers’ eyebrows, together with the reasoning as to why authentic social gathering member Red XIII is not playable within the upcoming remake—at the very least the primary half releasing this yr.
The March 23 interview with Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi offers a wealth of details about choices that led to the creation of Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s world of Midgar, why now is the time to return to Final Fantasy VII, and an ethos of “new but familiar.” Kitase says that the time was now because they wanted their best developers on such a big project. “Unfortunately, we haven’t actually had an opportunity to get a crew collectively to work on it over the last 23 years,” stated the producer, whereas additionally including that the passage of time and development of know-how lastly put the crew in place to create a real up to date imaginative and prescient of the beloved JRPG.
Midgar takes heart stage in Final Fantasy VII Remake, because the crew thought of the setting important to the expertise. “Midgar is iconic to Final Fantasy VII Remake, so we had to start the game here and follow the story up to the main party’s escape from the city,” stated Kitase. Co-Director Hamaguchi acknowledges how iconic the setting is to the sequence, however that begged the query as to why former core social gathering member Red XIII is not a part of the principle gameplay expertise, being relegated to the standing of a visitor character.
“We felt that because he only joins the team during the latter stages, having him as a playable ally with full character growth potential would not be a satisfying experience for the player,” stated Hamaguchi. “So we decided to have him join for now, as a guest character instead.”
This doesn’t imply the massive, purple kitty doesn’t make appearances within the story. The builders go on to element a bit of the sport during which utilizing Red’s skills is essential to navigating the Shinra Building.
Final Fantasy VII Remake releases on April 10, 2020, assuming the ongoing pandemic doesn’t have something to say about that.