'Final Fantasy VII Remake' Could Feature Spin-Off Characters and Areas

The much-awaited "Final Fantasy VII" remake was the subject of a recent interview where producer Yoshinori Kitase answered some questions about the upcoming game, including what part, if any, characters and areas from spin-offs would take. Here are the highlights.

Game Informer had a chance to talk about the remake when it visited Square Enix for the publication's "Final Fantasy XV" cover. Although the publisher didn't go into detail, its responses provide fans with an idea about the game.

New elements

Kitase was asked how the team approaches integration of new elements to "Final Fantasy VII Remake" and if there was any pressure to include every character and storyline from the Compilation content. The producer said some characters, especially those that are popular with fans, might appear or be mentioned in the remake. These characters, as well as settings, will be integrated into the world in some fashion.

"If there are any areas where we can use the settings or the characters, we do want to try to incorporate it in there, so it gives off that sense of nuance and those other stories existing," Kitase told Game Informer. "There may be instances where the characters appear themselves, or are just referenced in dialogue…. In terms of the characters and instances that remain in the memories of our fans, we do want to try our best to integrate that in some fashion in the world."

Visual and other updates

Aside from the possible addition of spin-off characters and settings, Kitase also said there will be visual, game style, and battle system updates. In terms of visual updates, the producer revealed that the goal is to make the remake's graphics at par with "Advent Children." As for game styles and battle systems, the producer said they need to revisit and rethink these aspects for the remake.

Square Enix's "Final Fantasy VII Remake" was confirmed during E3 2015. Below is the trailer from that event.

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