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Final Fantasy VII: Remake

Yoshida "blown away" by FFVII & Shenmue reveals at E3

Exec only found out about Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Shenmue 3 Kickstarter at rehearsals for Sony's E3 conference.

  • Text: Mike Holmes

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that he didn't know that Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy VII: Remake would be announced on stage at E3 alongside the reintroduction of The Last Guardian until the rehearsal for Sony's press conference.

Speaking with Gamereactor in an interview that will be published in full tomorrow, Yoshida-san explained how he was "blown away" by the respective reveals from Square-Enix and Suzuki-san at this year's show.

"We'd been working hard for The Last Guardian, and we were very excited to bring it back to the public, but I didn't know about the other two actually," the Sony chief confessed.

"Right before E3, typically because it's a third-party team's effort to work with third-party publishers and developers to bring games to PlayStation, so it's always my big pleasure to come to the rehearsal and see and learn for the first time what the third-party teams are preparing for.

"And I was blown away by watching the trailer of the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Suzuki-san's announcement of the Kickstarter [for Shenmue 3]. I am so happy going in knowing that all these three things are happening at the same time and we can make people very, very happy."

Describing people as "very, very happy" is almost an understatement in this instance, given the desire among fans to see a return for each of these respective projects. You can read more about The Last Guardian here, and the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 can be found here. If Final Fantasy VII: Remake is more your thing, the announcement trailer that impressed Yoshida-san so much can be seen below.