Details continue to emerge on the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, with director Tetsuya Nomura confirming that his update to the 1997 RPG classic will be fully voiced throughout.
When the trailer for the new game was shown at Sony’s PlayStation experience event in San Francisco earlier this month, it featured spoken dialogue between Cloud and the members of ecological freedom fighter group AVALANCHE. However, it was unclear if that was just for the cutscenes, or whether all lines would be spoken.
Fans with a keen sense of hearing may have noticed that Cloud’s voice actor in the English trailer seems to once again be Steve Burton, who has voiced the character in films and other video games — notably Nomura’s other JRPG series, Kingdom Hearts — for years. On the rest of the cast though, Nomura added “we still haven’t decided the voices of the characters that weren’t in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.”
Remake’s producer Yoshinori Kitase also touched on reproducing the epic scale of the original game, where the entirety of Gaia was open to explore once players escaped the confines of Midgar City (and, of course, bred the appropriate colour of Chocobo to traverse otherwise impassable terrain). On whether the new game will be delivering a similarly open-world, Kitase said, “we can’t say anything yet, but we don’t plan on fussing about whether it’s a so-called open-world or sandbox. But since Nomura is more focused on the creation of the scenery, we want to express an environment character actions affect the scenery.”
Mini-games, which peppered the PSOne release, may also return. Kitase said, “We want to put the mini-games that remain favorable among fans in as much as possible […] The development staff is also thinking about what to do with the mini-games.” It may be best not to get your hopes up too much for everything from Chocobo Racing to snowboarding to make a return though — Nomura added that “we need to consider a bit whether it’s necessary to create them all with the latest technology.”
The actual release of Final Fantasy VII Remake could be further off than anyone thought though. Asked about the Japanese 20th anniversary of the original falling on 31 January 2017, Nomura said, “Personally, I’m waiting for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 and World of Final Fantasy in 2016. I think when they’re completed, I’ll be able to release new information.”
Previously, it was confirmed that FFVII Remake will be released episodically.