It's been a few weeks since Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade dropped on PS5, giving us an enhanced version of last year's RPG alongside the Yuffie DLC. Understandably then, Square Enix has opened up about Remake's development.
While primarily discussing the Honey Bee Inn scene, Co-Director Motomu Toriyama gave us a fresh insight into Part 2's development. Speaking within an interview on the Square Enix website, Toriyama discussed the future of VII Remake and potential changes to the established plot.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Likely ‘Differ Significantly’ From The Original, According To Co-Director
What those changes entail remains unknown, though VII Remake certainly surprised fans last year with its interpretation of the source material. Specifically, Toriyama advised:
This scene is a key example of something that was changed dramatically from the original FINAL FANTASY VII. I was a bit worried about what fans of the original game would think, but the whole scene got a much more enthusiastic reception than I could ever have hoped for, so I was quite relieved.
Going forward, I’m sure some parts of the remake will differ significantly from the original. I hope this scene can be a good example of how to approach such changes.
Elsewhere in this interview, Toriyama also revealed that the Honey Bee Inn originally contained a pole dancing scene, advising it had to be removed "due to the impact on the rating". Detailing how the dance-off came about as a result, it's certainly worth a read for greater insights.