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.
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."
"Action based? I bet it's just going to be mashing with no strategy."
"That's not enough!"
"But I still suspect they are making this up to milk us for money."
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.
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.
Look, if you want to convience yourself that dividing the game into a number of parts it's the best course of action and something you'll enjoy, that's fine. I don't have any problems with people actually liking this way to proceed.
But don't try to convience someone that has made some valid points about why they don't like this situation so vehemently. Because non of what you said counters anything I said.
I never said anything about the combat, the duration, or a lack of passion from the developers. My only complaint is the episodic release of the remake. I also don't care that it's 15 hours long or 60 or 200. That's not my point. My points are:
1. It's gonna take a LOOOOONG time to get Final Fantasy VII remade in its enterity. Like... it took them 5 years to do the first part and we don't know how many are in the works. So 10 (best case) to 15 years in a worst case scenario in total is not too far fetched.
2. As such, the upcoming entries will more likely be on next gen machines. So, unless you buy a PS5 or you're playing on PC, you're probably gonna have to buy next gen hardware if you want to have the full Final Fantasy VII Remake experience. Which is, in my opinion, pretty crazy.
3. We're gonna have to pay two or more full 60 dollar games in order to have the experience that we originally had in one single release. Best case scenerio, we spend 120 dollars in FF VII Remake. Worst case... 180... or more. Who knows. To me, no matter how much content they add or how amazing it looks, it's something to be worried about.
I insist: if non of these are concerns to you, I understand. I'm not taking that away from you. I get you. The game looks insane. Visually amazing, the gameplay looks fresh, original an engaging. The musical arrangements are fabulous and it appears to have tons of content. I get it. It's gonna be a great game. And you're willing to have the game divided into multiple releases if they all are this good and all add enough lore and elements. Awesome, good for you.
But as I said before: UNDERSTAND that there are other people that are concearned by the everything I said. It's not about how good the game is to them. Is about everything else I point out. That's all I ask from all of you.