Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4 will be released in multiple parts according to the official press release. The original game was split over three physical discs, so remaking the game in an episodic structure may be the only way Square Enix can afford to produce the title. “If we took everything that’s in the original game and remade it at that quality, we couldn’t get it all on a single release,” says game director Kitase.
In an interview with Dengeki Online, helpfully translated by Gematsu, director Tetsuya Nomura said: “If we dedicated our time to a single release, parts of it would become summarized.”
“We’d have to cut some parts, and additional parts would come in few, so rather than remake the game as a full volume, we decided to do multiple parts.”
It’s unclear how many episode the game will include, and how they will be priced. According to the press release, “Final Fantasy VII Remake will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience”. The remake will also have a real-time battle system, instead of the turn-based system used in the original PlayStation game.