In a bizarre turn of events it appears that Tetsuya Nomura was unaware of his significant role in the recently announced and hugely anticipated HD remake of Final Fantasy VII. Speaking with Famitsu (translated by Kotaku) he told that he only discovered the fact when he checked an internal company presentation video.
It turns out that Nomura had thought the game was being directed by Yoshinori Kitase, the man who directed the original. Kitase on the other hand thought the game was being directed by Nomura. In his Famitsu interview Nomura explained that “As preproduction went along and I offered my opinions on what I thought should be done, Kitase would ask me how the individual elements should be adjusted in fine detail. It was very perplexing. Then one day, as I was checking the internal company presentation video, it said ‘Director Tetsuya Nomura’ at the end. So I called up Mr. Kitase and said, ‘It says that I’m the director for some reason.’ To which he replied, ‘Of course it does.'”
No need to worry then, he knows now and he’s been hard at work on the game. Nomura is also currently directing another eagerly awaited title, Kingdom Hearts 3 and had been directing Final Fantasy XV until he was moved off the project last year. In a previous interview with Eurogamer he revealed that the remake had been in development prior to the almost trolling announcement that the HD PC port of the original game would be releasing on PS4. “When we announced the HD port, the PC port on the PS4, we weren’t sure when we wanted to announce the remake,” he said “The production was underway then, so there’s no real connection between the timing of the two FF7s coming to PS4. We’ve announced several different titles coming to the PlayStation 4 like World of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3.”
Don’t get too excited though, this one is going to take quite a while and won’t be seen until 2017 at the very earliest.