There's meant to be an autograph and talk session at the FF30th Exhibition today with Kitase and Naoki Hamaguchi. The Japanese website teases at them ~maybe~ talking about the remake but I'm not biting
【第2弾】FINAL FANTASY のクリエイターとのサイン会＆トークショー
【2nd】 Autographing with FINAL FANTASY creators & talk show
The second part is an autograph and talk show by Mr. Yoshinori Kitase and producer Naoki Hamaguchi, producer of FFVII REMAKE.
Maybe there is a spillover about the development of FFVII REMAKE that they are currently working on?
▶ Date and time: February 7 (Wednesday) Signing session 18: 30-19: 30 Talk 20: 00-20: 30
▶ Location: At the exit of the exhibition hall
Talk gather at the entrance of the exhibition space before hours
▶ Talk & Signs Exhibitor
Producer (FFVII etc) Mr. Yoshinori Kitase
Development Leader (FFVII REMAKE) Mr. Naoki Hamaguchi
※ Signs are limited to those who purchase brochures. The signature will be filled in the brochure.
※ For participation, an exhibition ticket valid on the day is required.
* Advance reservation is not necessary, but there is a possibility that we will refuse participation if the meeting place gets crowded.
I am not up to snuff with all the storyboards that have been released for the original FFVII, but this is the first time I'm seeing this artwork (I think). Presumably it's from the FF 30th anniversary exhibition.
Then there's a storyboard for (what I assume to be) when Squall saves Rinoa from the sorceress prison...and they are both SMILING! This looks weird.
EDIT: Hang on, have I not seen a storyboard for the pre-credits FFVII FMV where we also get the unused line "Let's go back...over that mountain" in reference to Cloud and Tifa's story from their childhood when they went to Mt. Nibel? I'm starting to think now that I've seen the storyboard before but I don't know from where.
Some fans revealed that there has been a change in Cloud’s design. According to the development leader Naoki Hamaguchi, this new design received the go-ahead from director Tetsuya Nomura, and while it was a struggle for the team, the hard work seems to have paid off. Nomura went as far as acknowledging the new design as “the closest design to the original [Cloud design] up until now.”
A fan described Cloud’s new look as “more natural.” Nomura and Hamaguchi mentioned that “while Cloud may look this way, he was a dork. I believe those of you who played the original will understand what I mean by saying he’s a dorky character.”According to Siliconera, it’s likely we will get to see more of the youthful side of Cloud in FFVIIR rather than the always-serious one we’ve seen outside the original game.