Dude its not pieces like life is strange, they just named it episodic because its not sequels or spin offs, its just a name, they are making 3 full games, 3 different experiences.( i hope its not more than 3 ffs )
We probably will ahve to wait 2 or 3 years for each one ....
Imagine if ff10 and 10.2 was a full game on ps2, one story, and now they want to remake it and divide them in 2. on ps4.
That isn't at all what they said in the interview. They specifically said they wouldn't be able to fit the whole game into a single release because of the level by which they want to increase the quality of the content. They want to add vast amounts of detail that basically guarantees that development will be long, hellish, and will force the backlash on consumers, forcing them to deal with their game coming in pieces.
They have already essentially confirmed that you won't be able to go from the opening sequence to the final Sephiroth battle in the initial release. They have split a full game into episodes. It is episodic, much like Life is Strange, just with longer pieces.
It means instead of concluding in one entry, multiple entries are being considered in development. Each entry will have its own unique story. As a gaming experience, each entry will have the volume of content equal to a full-sized game.
That does not mean each will be a 40 hour RPG. That just means the content will take up a full disc. That is literally all it is. Each entry could be 10 hours long, and they could consider that a "full sized game". Until they are far more specific, people should really keep expectations in check about how much content, especially when they stated in their initial interview that they wanted to make the game so detailed, the only path was splitting it into multiple pieces just like an episodic release.
That statement is SE damage control, purposefully vague, and lacking in any real commitment to content past "if we consider it a full game, we did good enough."
They didn't say each entry will take up a full disc (though, to take up a full blu-ray, a game would need a LOAD of content).
What they did say is that each experience will have its own unique story. Each game will provide a different perspective.
You know what this sounds like? A bunch of standalone games. Because episodic, by its very nature, tells a single story across multiple episodes. What they are essentially talking about here is a franchise of FF7 games.
I mean, this is supposed to be a REMAKE of FF7, right? Was that made up of a bunch of unique stories from different perspectives? I'm pretty sure it was just one, long tale told from the point of view of Cloud Strife. It looks like we'll just be getting sequels/spin-offs that tell the game's story from other perspectives, or tell completely different stories all together within the same world. There isn't much here that suggessts that it will be episodic, or lacking in content. The latter is certainly POSSIBLE, but in regards to the former, the Mass Effect trilogy is more episodic than anything Square has suggested for their FF7 games.
Has Square ever actually said the words "episodic" to describe their FF7 strategy?