During a Q&A for the release of The World Ends With You on Nintendo Switch, producer Tetsuya Nomura made some interesting comments about the repeatedly delayed Final Fantasy VII remake.
As reported by Famitsu (and thankfully translated by Gematsu), Nomura made his comments after a fan simply said, "I want to play Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII again!"
Here is Tetsuya Nomura's response:
Perhaps not everyone is aware of this, but I am working on a remake of Final Fantasy VII… [laughs]. I’m focusing on Kingdom Hearts III at the moment, but once that’s done I’ll be heading over there next. I’ve been thinking about ideas for the Remake’s release, and just spoke with producer Yoshinori Kitase about it today. We have a lot of the old guys thinking about all kinds of developments that can accompany the Remake in some form. If we could maybe do some kind of compilation title. For now, please wait for Final Fantasy VII’s turn.It's certainly not any kind of confirmation, but it is interesting to speculate whether or not the remake of the PlayStation classic will include some of its spinoffs. It's worth pointing out that the producer's mention of "compilation" is significant given that "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII" is the official name of the multimedia meta-series that encompasses the game, its spin-offs and movies. This compilation includes the above mentioned Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, an episodic action-RPG on mobile that never saw a Western or console release. There's also the PlayStation 2 game Dirge of Cerberus and the PSP title Crisis Core. There are also the two animated movies that could potentially be bundled into a release: Advent Children and Last Order.
It'll be interesting to see when and how Final Fantasy VII will finally re-appear. With all sorts of controversial goings-on elsewhere in the series, the veteran franchise could do with a win.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the FINAL FANTASY VII Remake trophies.