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Final Fantasy VII Remake project lead now co-director; Naoki Yoshida division developing large-scale next-gen project
posted on 04.01.19 at 03:00 AM EDT by Sal Romano (@salromano)
Minor updates to Square Enix's recruitment websites.

Naoki Hamaguchi, who we previously knew as the project lead on Final Fantasy VII Remake, is now a co-director on the project, an update to Square Enix’s recruitment page for the title reveals. That means Hamaguchi and previously known director Tetsuya Nomura now share the same role.

image: https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SQEX-Recruit_04-01-19_001-600x250.jpg

Nomura has previously compared Hamaguchi’s forme rrole as project lead to the role of Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue. Nomura, of course, also directed Kingdom Hearts III.

Additionally, Square Enix’s former 5th Business Division led by Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida is now known as the Third Development Division, and is working on a new title for the next generation.

image: https://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SQEX-Recruit_04-01-19_002-600x250.jpg

“Based on the former 5th Business Division, the newly established Third Development Division has started work on a new key project following Final Fantasy XIV, taking up a challenge for the next generation,” Yoshida said in a message. “This project has already finished early development, as well as preparation of the development environment, and is now moving into the full-blown, large-scale development phase. The new project is seeking developers who want to deliver both ‘fun’ and ‘enjoyment’ to the world, as well as ‘surprise.’ If you want to challenge the world market, then we look forward to your application.”

The image above featuring the text, “A new project, underway,” has been up on the 5th Business Division recruitment website since 2016.

The Third Development Division is currently seeking planners, designers, programmers, and a project manager to work on the project.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is in development for PlayStation 4.

Thanks, @DKHF_ (2).


Read more at https://gematsu.com/2019/04/final-fantasy-vii-remake-project-lead-now-co-director-naoki-yoshida-division-developing-large-scale-next-gen-project#ST76qXDHOTKqVTGE.99



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Whatever FF14 team is doing, they been doing it since 2016...



Well let's see how long it will take for real updates on how FF VII Remake is doing.



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meh.

If he had been made sole director and fully replaced that imcompetent fool nomura then it would be something worth talking about. But as it is the game will still be ruined by nomura.



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“Based on the former 5th Business Division, the newly established Third Development Division has started work on a new key project following Final Fantasy XIV, taking up a challenge for the next generation,” 

The way he says "next generation" makes it sound like they are making another MMO.  I hope not.  They need to make single player games more frequently.

Last edited by The_Liquid_Laser - on 01 April 2019

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Ka-pi96 said:
meh.

If he had been made sole director and fully replaced that imcompetent fool nomura then it would be something worth talking about. But as it is the game will still be ruined by nomura.

*highfive*

Totally fuckin agree.



Ka-pi96 said:
meh.

If he had been made sole director and fully replaced that imcompetent fool nomura then it would be something worth talking about. But as it is the game will still be ruined by nomura.

I personally like Nomura's work but I think the problem isnt Nomura's incompetent but moreso that Square keeps making him jump all over the place doing too many large projects at once. 

Correct me if im wrong, but I'm sure he had to juggle between KH3, FFXV and started FFVII remake at one point before dropping FFXV to Tabitha (that screwed that up and revamped almost everything).  Nomura can't seem to catch a break and just have a FF game to focus all to himself.  But maybe now that the KH is series is supposedly over (for now) maybe he can try again next time?  A man can only do so much on his own.

To this day I will forever wonder how FF Versus XIII/FFXV could've turned out if Square just let him focus on it.



Nomura is SE last hope, Yoshida is ok too. Also Nomura is designing new bosses for upcoming FFXIV raids. SE really have the guy working overtime.



deskpro2k3 said:
Nomura is SE last hope, Yoshida is ok too. Also Nomura is designing new bosses for upcoming FFXIV raids. SE really have the guy working overtime.

Agreed.  They overwork Nomura a lot that he's all over the place.



Nomura is great, stop hating guys. Square works him like a slave, what do you expect, he has been credited on 41 different games so far this decade, let that sink in. And over half of those credits he had a significant role on, usually either as character designer, creative producer, or director, 10 of them he is credited as a director on.

Anyway, on topic, the fact that he has a co-director now tells me that Square once again has Nomura directing multiple games at once. Nomura said that there would be at least 1 KH spinoff game before KH4, so maybe he is already directing that, or maybe Square has him directing a standalone Verum Rex game.