How Much More of the Full Final Fantasy 7 Is Left to Remake?
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is being released in multiple parts, and this first entry doesn’t cover the entire story of the original, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a full game in itself. It took 30-40 hours to beat for most people at IGN, meaning this small slice of the 1997 classic has been massively expanded – and that could tell us more about what’s to come after it.We’ve got an in-depth explanation of exactly where Final Fantasy 7 Remake stops compared to the original story if you are less worried about spoilers, but the simple answer is at the end of its Midgar section. In the 1997 classic, that’s only about 5-6 hours into what is generally a 40-50 hour RPG.
That means Remake covers about 10-15% of the full game. If we were going just by that math, it would be at least another five full games before the entire plot of the original was covered – but there’s plenty of reason to believe we won’t have to wait that long.
How Many Parts Could FF7 Have?
For starters, while Square Enix hasn’t given an exact number of games that will be in the Remake series, it’s safe to assume six is probably too many. But more than just using common sense, Midgar was an extremely linear (and fairly thin) portion of the original that could easily benefit from the stretching out this Remake did, while most of what comes after you leave is an open world on an entirely different scale.
While we still don’t know yet, it’s safe to assume Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s sequel will be a very different game now that its plot has reached this open world portion – potentially even looking closer to something like Final Fantasy 15’s freeform structure. And without the restriction of needing the entire game to take place in Midgar, Square Enix has the original’s boatload of open world content to draw from, reducing the need to pad out a follow-up with new scenes.This is entirely speculation, but I could easily see the full story of Final Fantasy 7 being finished in just one or two more games as a result of this structural difference. There are 35-45 more hours of story left to tell, but the way it’s structured means I doubt it will be ballooned into 300 hours in a similar fashion as this first game’s Midgar section.
Additionally, Remake has made some massive changes to the full game’s plot, so who knows how much more it will change the plot we know. As for when we’ll see a sequel? We really can’t say, but if it’s another game as big as this one then I’d be willing to bet we’re at least a couple years away from seeing Cloud again.In the meantime, you can check out my review of Final Fantasy 7 Remake to hear why I thought it was so great. And if you need some help while playing, our excellent Final Fantasy 7 Remake wiki guide is here to help, along with 18 tips for things it doesn’t tell you.
Tom Marks is IGN’s Deputy Reviews Editor and resident pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.