Final Fantasy Director can’t wait to be done with ‘marathon’ remake trilogy

Final Fantasy Director can’t wait to be done with ‘marathon’ remake trilogy
Images via Square Enix

Written by 

Tom Chapman


3rd Apr 2024 14:13

While gamers have been enjoying Square Enix's trilogy of Final Fantasy 7 remakes, it appears that those actually working on it are less enthused. Following 2020's Final Fantasy 7 remake, we powered forward with 2024's Rebirth and know a third outing is on the way.

Both remakes have debuted to critical and commercial success, and while the final chapter is expected to be just as epic, not everyone is ready to dive into the aftermath of THAT multiverse of madness at Temple of the Ancients. Creating games is no easy feat, and for the Final Fantasy team, that's evident.

Final Fantasy 7 remake Director has had enough of the trilogy

Although we know Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura has a lot of love for this world, it seems the trilogy is taking its toll on him. Speaking alongside Scenario Writer Kazushige Nojima and Composer Nobuo Uematsu during a Special Talk Session on the Square Enix Music YouTube channel (via GamesRadar), Nomura explained his gripes. 

Uematsu said to Nomura, "It has to be mentally taxing, trying to recreate something you put to bed decades ago, but with the latest technology, and for a whole new generation." The latter responded, "Years ago, during the planning phase, I knew the kind of commitment a project like this would require."

Clarifying what he means, Nomura said, "Part of me didn't want to do it. I could already see how much work this was going to be, and once we got started, there was no throwing in the towel halfway through."

Saying you can't leave things on a cliffhanger, Nomura confessed, "You're stuck now. It's a massive undertaking. From the moment production started, I wanted it to end. At least now we're finally past the midway point." 

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth sequel is coming along nicely

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Aerith, Cloud, and Tifa
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Nomura admitting that from the moment production started, "I wanted it to end," doesn't exactly sound like he's looking forward to the final chapter, but we can see why he might be exhausted. "Personally, I want to be done with this absolute marathon of projects," said Nomura.

He also wanted to know what Uematsu thought, asking, "Since you worked on the first and second games in the series, it stands to reason that you have to come back for the third." Although not official, Uematsu says it would be his "honor" to return. 

As for where things are up to, Nomura confirmed he and Nojima are "hard at work on it," adding, "We're off to the races already." There's no word on where the currently untitled third game is up to, but with each getting bigger than the last - and now having a multiverse to contend with - we're not surprised the team feels a little jaded.

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Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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