They will have to buy God knows how many different games. Each entry is gonna be a full game, we get that. And that's great for people like you who only care about how much time they can invest into this episodic experience. But for many other people, wondering how many games they will have to buy and how many years they'll have to wait for each one to launch... for a remake of a game that launched as a single title is definetly a major concern.
How many games someone has to buy (within reason) is not a problem if you enjoy each game to the point that they're all worth the purchase.
I can understand if someone plays them and doesn't like them.
But the problem is people convincing themselves about things there are no indications of. For example you said "(although I think that those reasons are basically made up by you or the developers)"
And it's particularly surprising now, and probably the reason why @think-man said it was over exaggerated, because time and time again, Square Enix has systematically addressed each of the so called "concerns", with each presentation.
"Episodic? I bet they're gonna charge full price for a 15 hour game."
Square Enix: "This will be a full game 60h+ experience, on two Blu-Ray discs"
"Action based? I bet it's just going to be mashing with no strategy."
Square Enix: *Shows video of a single boss fight with possibly more strategic elements than the entire original game.*
"It's going to suck for us who prefer turn based."
Square Enix: We have integrated the turn based ATB system into the action based combat.
"That's not enough!"
Square Enix: Ok, here's a mode that transforms the entire combat system into nothing but turn based ATB.
"But I still suspect they are making this up to milk us for money."
Square Enix: Releases trailer that shows an incredible amount of passion and detail being poured into the game.
It's not a coincidence that the only people complaining about these things are the same people who say "This is not how I would have done it."
These ideas are derived from their own bias. And vice versa.
This is exactly what I, and many other people, wanted them to do. And because of that, coupled with the fact that they've shown me nothing but incredible passion for this game, there is little reason for me to suspect ill intent.
I understand if some people just wanted a close to 1:1 remake. But you also have to understand that wanting to expand on the the game like this does not mean someone is lying.
They're making the game into a 60h+ full game experience, on two Blu-Ray discs. What part of that sounds like they're just trying to put in enough content so that they can sell it at full price? How many other games have you played that are on on two Blu Rays? Let alone games that look THIS detailed?
That's why it's still mind boggling to hear some of these complaints.
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Not wanting it to be multiple games, that's fine. I get it. But claiming that they're lying, etc, seems ridiculous at this point after all we've seen.
When people say "The original was just one game", that just makes it seem like they don't understand.
The original had pre-rendered backgrounds, which they now have to recreate into not only real time graphics, but highly detailed impressive even for 2020 graphics at that.
In the original game they generally wouldn't have to worry about many object 'not looking detailed enough'. Hell, Cloud didn't even have a mouth.
But now, essentially anything they design is expected to have a high standard of detail.
This was unlikely ever going to be a single game to begin with. But when you have only one chance to do a remake of what is probably the defining work of your entire life, then yes, there will be people on the team who would want to do it thoroughly. Let's see the rest of Midgar. Let's get to know Biggs, Wedge and Jesse more. And all the ideas they had 20 years ago, but couldn't implement. Or ideas they've thought of since then.
Everything they've shown so far indicates that their state of mind is the same as mine, and Maximillian Dood, and many other people.