God this series.
I hated Remake thoroughly for not being authentic to the original. It was a fun and beautiful game to play, it was just a shit FFVII and every narrative and gameplay change for me brought it down.
Deciding to split the game into 3 meant they basically designed themselves into a corner and had to break the intricate gameplay progression of the original to make it work.
These plot changes sound fucking nonsensical and risk destroying the biggest IP the company has, which although this mania seems to be something of a trend for firms of late with multi-decade heritage, internationally beloved IP (e.g Star Wars & Marvel comics), still doesn’t make it a sound approach to corporate growth for companies that live or die by the value of said IP stable fundamentally.
I hope they can knock the next two games out the park and prove me wrong but I don’t fundamentally believe in modern SE to do this justice and whilst I think the games will still play well, I fear they will ruin the legacy of arguably one of the best games ever made.