Square Enix is notorious for delaying games. Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV, and Marvel’s Avengers to name a few. Final Fantasy VII Remake was delayed once but it won’t happen again. With director Tetsuya Nomura confirming this.

When speaking with 4Gamer, director Tetsuya Nomura was asked about the current progress on the game. Nomura responded and said that no further delays.

“We had some time to improve the quality of the final product, but we have already mastered it, so there is no further delay,” Nomura explained. So yes, this means that Final Fantasy VII has now officially gone gold, which is one of the final steps all games go through prior to release.

You can’t have good news without bad news. In an interview with VG247 co-director Naoki Hamaguchi confirmed that Red XIII won’t be playable.

“We felt the point at which Red XIII joins the party in the story is very late on so we thought okay, if we’re gonna have him as a full character and try and get the player to enjoy his character development arc and growth as a character through that, it’s not really enough time to do that,” Final Fantasy 7 Remake co-director Naoki Hamaguchi told VG247 as part of a wider FF7 Remake interview.

“We thought that the best way to have him involved was as a guest character. Normally throughout the game you’ll be playing as a three-man party, but you will have him as a guest character that fights alongside you during the the last part of the story,” Hamaguchi elaborated. “He’ll be using all of his old really nostalgic moves, and you’ll see that. We felt that was the best way of showing him off as a character and who he is. That’s why we felt that was the best way to include him.”

This confirms that Red XIII won’t be playable in the first part. So it’s likely he’ll be controllable in part 2. Hopefully.

Final Fantasy VII Remake launches this April 10th for PS4. A demo is now available for the PS4.