Final Fantasy 7
Protagonist Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix

So here's an interesting one. Square Enix has confirmed that its highly-anticipated forthcoming remake of Final Fantasy 7 will be released as a "multi-part series". This past weekend Square revealed the first gameplay footage (below), showing off a real-time, not turned-based, combat system, much to the surprise of fans. The reveal occurred during a Sony press conference marking the start of PlayStation Experience – which ran over the weekend in San Francisco.

In a press release Square Enix said: "Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience." The phrasing of the statement is mysterious to say the least, and it avoids the word 'episodic' entirely.

Quite how this will shape up in practice remains to be seen, Final Fantasy is a long game – so how will the remake break that up? Also, the success of any episodic series depends on two factors: pricing and the timing of each part's release.

Players don't like not knowing when the next part of a series will be released, and they certainly won't want to pay over the odds for this remake purely because it has been broken up. However, this may mean that fans will get their hands on Final Fantasy 7 Remake sooner than once predicted.

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