It has been more than 20 years since the original Final Fantasy VII’s release. Yet, fans remain as excited as ever to jump back into that world. The seminal JRPG holds such reverence for good reason, too. Final Fantasy VII was the introduction to the series for an entire generation of gamers, after all.
A Timeless Story
The original’s graphics, presentation and combat mechanics may have aged poorly. However, the core story and the wonderful cast of characters are as likable as ever. The original FFVII was also one of the first games to go from 2D to 3D. This lends to it having a cinematic feel, despite not having photo-real graphics.
Its modest presentation may have helped with its gigantic scope, too. Much to the dismay of fans, in the Remake’s attempt to update the game to modern standards, the game’s size has ballooned up to 100 GB.
The Remake’s Episodic Release
What’s even more significant is the fact that the upcoming release is just the first episode in a series of games that will cover tie together and cover the whole story.
Yoshinori Kitase, the creator of the original game and one of the producers on the remake, spoke about the series’ episodic nature back in 2016. He reassured fans that each episode of the Remake will be the length of a full-size game.
So, how many episodes will fans have to pay for to experience the full story? Square Enix hasn’t confirmed yet. Based on what they’ve said in the past, even they aren’t sure of it just yet. That being said, we can take an educated guess.
How Many Episodes Could It Take?
If you break down the major story beats, it becomes a bit more obvious where one episode of the Remake could end and where the next could begin.
We already know that the upcoming first episode takes place entirely in the city of Midgar. Presumably, this means episode one will end with Cloud and the gang escaping Midgar and setting out on a globe-trotting adventure.
The next big turning point in the story is, of course, the death of Aerith at the hands of Sephiroth. This is one of the low-points for the heroes in the game’s story. It would also serve as a great cliffhanger ending for the second episode.
The remainder of the game’s story – Sephiroth retrieving the Black Materia from Cloud, calling the Meteor the rise of the Weapons, etc. may be too much for just one episode.
That is why it is highly likely that we may get a fourth and final episode to wrap it all up. This is all speculation, however. We do know one thing for sure.
The first episode of Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming to PS4 on April 10, 2020. It is also coming to Xbox One and PC at a later, unannounced date. The Remake’s demo is currently playable for free on PS4.