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Final Fantasy 7 Remake development only mildly impacted by COVID-19

Not even a pandemic can slow down Cloud Strife (Picture: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s producer has confirmed that development on the second part shouldn’t be slowed too much by the pandemic.

Once Final Fantasy 7 Remake launched and was put into peoples’ hands, the next question everyone had is ‘What was up with that ending?’, followed by ‘When is Part 2 coming out?’

There was hope that the wait for the second instalment in Square Enix’s massive project wouldn’t be as long as it was for Part 1, with director Tetsuya Nomura even saying he wants Part 2 out ASAP.

But with the current coronavirus pandemic impacting every facet of life, including game development, it isn’t surprising to learn that work on Part 2 has been affected as well.

In an interview with The Guardian, producer Yoshinori Kitase and co-director Naoki Hamaguchi were asked about how the coronavirus has affected ongoing development.

While Kitase didn’t play down the severity of the pandemic, he did confirm that while overall performance has dropped due to everyone having to work remotely, development shouldn’t be affected that much in the long-term.

‘At this current time, the team are still making the next game via remote working. Our performance will temporarily drop below 100% efficiency because of this, but I do not think there should be a big impact in the long term.’

Kitase was also asked whether future instalments would divert from the original game’s story, but he was unable to provide a clear answer, for obvious reasons.

‘I understand that there is a lot of speculation among the fans; that is what we wanted, and we’ve really enjoyed seeing these theories and guesses of what the ending means. We wanted the fans to keep the discussion going on social media and keep their excitement high as we head towards the next game.’

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is available for PlayStation 4.

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