Tetsuya Nomura – who finally managed to release Kingdom Hearts III – is no longer the sole director of Final Fantasy VII Remake which was announced almost four years ago… and the next-gen is in focus as well with something else!
In May 2017, we heard that Naoki Hamaguchi, who joined the company in 2006, got the project lead position for Final Fantasy VII Remake when Square Enix decided to refocus on internal development once again. Well, the game’s recruitment website shows something else already: on it, we see that Nomura and Hamaguchi are now co-directors of the Final Fantasy VII Remake!
Square Enix‘ 5th business division, led by Naoki Yoshida (the producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV), has been renamed to the 3rd development division of the company, and their site says they are working on a next-gen game. „Based on the former 5th Business Division, the newly established Third Development Division has started work on a new key project following Final Fantasy XIV, taking up a challenge for the next generation. This project has already finished early development, as well as preparation of the development environment, and is now moving into the full-blown, large-scale development phase. The new project is seeking developers who want to deliver both ‘fun’ and ‘enjoyment’ to the world, as well as ‘surprise.’ If you want to challenge the world market, then we look forward to your application,” Yoshida said in a message.
This image has been on the site since 2016. The 3rd development division is looking for planners, designers, programmers, and a project manager for this next-gen title.
So, Square Enix is up to a few things. Final Fantasy VII Remake is in development for PlayStation 4, and it’s planned to be episodic. When will the first chapter finally launch?