It’s a common practice in the industry: study what others are doing to design your own games.
A process also present at Square-Enix, which declares to have looked into the game a lot Marvel’s Spider-Man during the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
This doesn’t mean you’ll see Cloud swinging from roof to roof using a web, but rather that the studio looked at various elements of Insomniac Games’ open world to figure out how it all worked, the point being to anticipate possible difficulties during development.
Yoshinori Kitase, producer of the game, explained this approach:
“We play in an open space so that we can see what kind of technology, elements and graphics are used”
The man also clarified that no AAA game influenced the vision and the “heart” of the development of the remake, the teams already knowing the direction to go.
Players will therefore not find mechanics from Marvel’s Spider-Man In Final Fantasy VII Remake but Square-Enix was clearly able to count on the PS4 exclusivity to design its title.
Final Fantasy VII Remake will arrive on March 3 on PlayStation 4.