We’ve learned a lot of new things about the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake in the last few days, mostly off the back of PSX (which we’ll be rounding up tomorrow). The biggest reveal was the trailer shown at PSX, which contained actual, honest to God gameplay. Which was surprising. Until you read the announcement Square Enix released yesterday.

According to the press release, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a “multi-part series” –

During this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience in San Francisco, SQUARE ENIX® debuted a new trailer for FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, FINAL FANTASY VII. The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.

Now it makes sense that there would be gameplay to show. With the game being episodic, Square Enix aren’t focusing on remaking the entire game all at once, but rather a piece at a time. There’s no other word yet on how many episodes there are going to be, when they’ll start releasing, or what kind of time frame we’re looking at between releases. But this means that we could start getting Final Fantasy VII Remake a lot sooner than we anticipated.

Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura expanded on the decision in an interview with Famitsu, translated by Gematsu:

Kitase: “The idea that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would not fit into a single release was there from the very beginning. We still can’t share more information about its multiple parts, but please look forward to future announcements.”

Nomura: “If we dedicated our time to a single release, parts of it would become summarized. We’d have to cut some parts, and additional parts would come in few, so rather than remake the game as a full volume, we decided to do multiple parts.”

Kitase: “As you can see in the trailer, we showed Sector 1 and Sector 8, but in those areas alone, I think you can see a lot of density. When you’re remaking the entirety of the original version in that quality, it’s not possible to fit it all in one release.”

The pair also talked about the games battle system, which isn’t as fully action-oriented as it looks in the trailer. The game will still utilize some form of the originals Active Time Battle system, while being faster paced and more uptempo, with the game having “action battles while also being able to fight while thinking strategically,” according to Nomura.

Elsewhere, it seems that Final Fantasy VII Remake will not be exclusive to Playstation. Sony stated during their PSX keynote that the game would be making its “console debut” on PS4. While this could mean that it’s merely coming to PS4 and PC, it could also indicate that it will be coming to Xbox One at a later date. Several retailers, including EB Games, are also taking pre-orders on an Xbox One edition of the game.

Until we get an official announcement from Sony, Microsoft or Square Enix on the situation, it’s unclear what platforms Final Fantasy VII Remake will be coming to. We’ve reached out to Square Enix for comment.