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Nomura Had No Idea He Was Director For FFVII Remake

See now, this doesn't seem like good news.

When Sony unveiled the Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 this year, the world was in shock. But did you know the game's director was surprised at one point as well?

According to a Famitsu interview with Square Enix boss Tetsuya Nomura (as translated by Kotaku), Nomura didn't know he was director of the remake until he saw his name during an internal presentation at the company. He really had no idea he'd be playing a key role:

"As preproduction went along and I offered my opinions on what I thought should be done, Mr. [Yoshinori Kitase, director of the original] would ask me how the individual elements should be adjusted in fine detail. It was very perplexing."

It wasn't until Nomura saw that internal presentation that he realized he'd been nominated to be director. He's currently overseeing Kingdom Hearts III, which does not have a release date, so maybe time is an issue...? Added Nomura:

"So I called up Mr. Kitase and said, 'It says that Iím the director for some reason.' To which he replied, 'Of course it does'í."

You know, this doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Square Enix has often been accused of one hand not knowing what the other is doing and this really isn't helping matters. So, launch of FFVII Remake is...2022?

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII Remake

Tags: final fantasy vii remake, ffvii remake, square enix

6/26/2015 10:12:01 AM Ben Dutka

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shaytoon
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 10:36:43 AM
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FF7 remake: The new last guardian

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Underdog15
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 11:08:59 AM
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Could this also be implying a message that is caused by a poor translation? Could it have been more of an honor to direct it, and Kitase was doing Nomura a solid by saying he's going to direct it? The tone of the article says Nomura was blindsided, but it could easily be re-interpreted as him reliving how he found out... and maybe it was a pleasant surprise.

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Bio
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 11:40:05 AM

No idea, but either way it's clarified later on that this was allll the way back in the inception phase, before development even began. I imagine that's a typical scenario with a lot of studios.

A bit different, as I read it, from the clusterwhoops that was FFXIII, where entire divisions within the development team were unsure of who was doing what and when, well into development, to the point where they didn't come to an agreement on the direction of the game until after the first demo lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 1:22:28 PM

I hope you're right, like maybe they wanted to surprise him that way. Seems like a stretch though.

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daus26
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 4:11:29 PM

Poor translation and taking things out of context can big one of big problem in journalism. It could go either way tbh.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 1:21:55 PM
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That's a helluva way to find out you're the boss of the biggest most anticipated game in the history of the hobby.

Doesn't bode too well I think.

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daus26
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 4:04:30 PM

I think the main thing to worry about is when kingdom heart will be release, so that full attention can go into FF7 remake. The good news is that at least nomura has complete attention to the kingdom hearts series now as oppose to also worrying about ffvsxiii. Remember that one of the reason to change director of ffvsxiii was because so production of kingdom heart 3 can be accelerated. Before it was ffvsxiii first then kh3. Now it's a side by side production. Obviously it got to the point where next gen was looming and they had to in a way rebuild their plans, but not entirely.

When they were trying to decide who the director was going to be handed to in ffxv, they probably did something similar, just not in a grand way such as ff7 remake in a e3 stage. Just speculation of course. It seems like how they do things in terms of deciding who director is, is that it could be one of many. Almost like an internal sweepstakes.

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daus26
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 3:55:26 PM
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Sounds like it's just a sly move to me to surprise him. I mean he said of course, probably implying that it was supposed to be a surprise for him. Almost like a promotion. When the original ask you your opinions and tells you of course, to me sounds like an honor in the fashion of going to an interview of a job and getting accepted in a surprising fashion.

I mean seriously, no company would make a game without clearly deciding who the direct is. The internals had to have intended. At the very least, he was aware of it in the pre production stage. To me, a truly great honor to direct a once seems like a legendary title.

Of course it could be a d bag move, but that's only the case if he doesn't want it, which in this case he's ok with it. So the only real negative I see here is the game won't be seeing full time dedication until kingdom hearts 3 comes out, rather than a series internal issue added on to it.

IMO

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SuMtOnE
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 10:30:36 PM
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I have a feeling this HD REMAKE will piss off a lot of people. If they are going to make it into a Action RPG. should have stick to the original with voice over that you can choose eng or jap.

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Underdog15
Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 10:35:13 PM

I disagree about the idea that you should just stick with the original. This is a project that cannot possibly appeal to nor find favour with everyone. No matter what they do, there will be a vocal group that will forever say, "They ruined their chance, blah blah blah". (How long did the FFVI purists criticize every FF after it, for example?)

No matter what they do, there will be a group that says it's way better, and another that says the original was way better than this could ever hope to be. So I say, screw 'em.

I say let them just try to make a kick-ass game and go with it for whatever it ends up being. It's not like they're going to burn every original copy off the face of the earth.

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