The Final Fantasy VII Remake announcement got fans extremely excited back at E3 2015, but since then it’s become apparent that the game is far from release. The game hasn’t technically been delayed, as it never had an official release date, but those thinking it might arrive this year, or even next are probably going to be disappointed. This is clearer today as Square Enix has begun looking to hire “core staff” for the project, such as a “battle planner”, “level planner”, and “BG designer”.
It’s tough to figure out exactly what’s going on with the project, as all of this is coming via Google and other translations from Japanese. The page currently up on Square Enix’s website is clearly trying to recruit people for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and it seems like they’re looking for some of the most key development spots.
There are comments from Kitase Yoshinori, Tetsuya Nomura, and Naoki Hamaguchi, all top developers on the project. I’ll spare you the horror of Google’s translated page, but what it does make apparent is that the people behind Final Fantasy VII Remake are dedicated to the game, and are looking for people who will be equally skilled and committed.
It seems that they’re also focused on pulling in developers who have worked on previous Final Fantasy titles, which is proven by the names already mentioned here. Tetsuya Nomura has been a big part of the series going back to FFV on the Super Famicom. He is also currently the Game Director for Kingdom Hearts 3, which has its own share of release date issues.
Square Enix is known for its early announcements, big projects, and long development cycles. They usually deliver a solid final product though, so fans are willing to give them the time needed. Still, with them hiring on new “core staff” like this it is clear that Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t arrive for some time.