Square Enix has brought development of its Final Fantasy 7 Remake in-house, deciding against the use of external studio help.
The series-based remake of 1997 role-playing classic Final Fantasy 7 was being partly handled by outsourcing company CyberConnect2, which is best known for its work on the Naruto series. Now, Square Enix's Naoki Hamaguchi, who previously headed up Mobius Final Fantasy, is taking over development.
In a YouTube stream promoting Mobius, Hamaguchi talked about the change (translation from Nova Crystallis). "So far, development has been carried out mainly with the support of external partners." he said. "However, in view of factors such as improving quality when the product goes into mass production in the future, the company has decided to shift the developmental system back to within the company, so as to maintain a stable schedule and have control over factors such as quality. We will be forming a robust system within the company to properly carry out the development.”
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was first revealed for PlayStation 4 back in 2015, following years of conjecture and rumor from eager fans. There's no word yet on a release date. We’ve contacted Square Enix for official confirmation and comment on this story.