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Jun 25 2012

A remake of Final Fantasy VII in the works?!

Final Fantasy VII told one of the best stories in gaming with a shocking twist that still reverberates with some fans today and introduced gamers to the baddest villain ever Sephiroth. It has been regarded the best in the series by fans. Final Fantasy VII was made available for download for Windows-based PC in 1998, and nearly ten years later on Playstation Network in 2009. Sounds like a good recipe for a remake with better graphic, right? Hold your horses. The idea was bounced around for some time but nothing concrete has been said. Here’s what I found out.

At 2005’s E3, an opening video of Final Fantasy VII using Playstation 3’s graphical capabilities sparked speculation of a possible remake. Square Enix president Yoichi Wada, in an interview, has explained the presentation was intended only for technological demonstration purposes, and an official statement from the company said they had not announced such a project.

Yoshinori Kitase said in February 2010 that a remake of FFVII with similar quality to FFXIII is not possible for the fact that such a project would require nearly four times the amount of time than the three and a half years it took to put FFXIII together. His advice (to fans) is to play the PSN release that has come out for the time being. And that they’ll have some news at a later time. Kitase also commented that making games with the same style of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3 is very difficult as it would take the staff too much time to make the graphics; because of this, Final Fantasy XIII is “more linear” than previous titles.

However, in a March 2010 interview, Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama stated, “If we had the manpower and the time to work on a project, if we were to remake Final Fantasy VII with the quality of Final Fantasy XIII it would become a tremendous project. If we can get the number of people we need by all means that would be the one I would really want to remake.” In the same month, CEO Yoichi Wada revealed they are exploring the possibility of a remake, following the high demand.

Since then, through numerous interviews and questions from gaming magazines and websites, Square Enix staff has not fully confirmed a remake of this beloved game. However, a recent comment regarding FFVII was given stating that “they don’t have any information or news to announce at this time.” What does this mean exactly? We’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. BrianM

    Right now, the FFVII remake is looked in a vault buried deep beneath Square Enix in a glass case marked “Break In Case of Emergency”. With FFXIV on the way and XV in the works, it’ll be released on the game’s 30th anniversary in 2027.

    1. RayR

      Isn’t XIV released on PC already?

      And honestly, if they want to remain the top RPG company out, they need to release this. Cause Skyrim is kinda owning the market on RPGs right now.

      1. BrianM

        Yeah Ray, FFXIV is out for PC but a PS3 port is set to be released late this year or early next year. The 14th installment is being retooled rather than just simply porting it from PC to PS3.

        I agree with you there. But to do that, Square Enix would have to re-release it as is which would be stupid since it’s already available on PSN. The game would have to rebuiilt from the ground up which, with the manpower S/E has now, would take nearly for times as long to do as FFXIII, i.e. 9+ years. If anything, redo FFX in HD or both Kingdom Hearts games.

        1. RayR

          Yeah…I kinda meant that S/E needs to release the FFVII remake, not XIV.

          But seriously, if they release a FFVII remake, then they will have the market cornered once again in RPGs. The only thing that would top that would be Nintendo releasing a Pokemon game where you fully control the Pokemon in battle.

  2. Kate K Milo

    oh man, the emotional attachment to video games. When my friend loaned me her copy of FF7 I claimed sick so I could leave school early to go home and start playing, hahah. I assigned each of my toys to be a character and we sat in my bedroom while I played relentlessly. oh man, and right after I beat the Red Dragon in the Temple of the Ancients my game exploded and all my save data disappeared so I had to start over. GUH!

    I did replay FF9 while I was sick this winter and it was awesome. It sucks ’cause no matter how much fun the games are to replay, the real fun came from living the story through the first time. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get selective amnesia so I can relive my favorite movies/games/etc over and over.

    1. Anon J2

      I agree on the selective amnesia. Then I could play Heavy Rain again and have the same energy. The rush of adrenaline and emotion is something that I miss so much at big moments.

      1. BrianM

        I just wait a while to replay a game. Example, I just picked up the Devil May Cry Collection and realized, after a three year hiatus from the PS2 games, I was getting my butt handed to me in places where I used to dominate. Heck, i even threw on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PS2 and, again, it was like playing for the first time. I could kill these games over and over without batting an eye. Now it’s like ‘Wow, how did I forget that’ or ‘Oh, that’s right’. So now I gotta build myself back up to the unstoppable skill I had. 🙂

  3. Anon J2

    I’d still prefer a remake of 6. I think its slightly a generational thing tho. For us old schoolers, we got addicted to that amazing story and couldn’t let go. 7 had charm and shiney new graphics back then, but just couldn’t match the feeling tat 6 gave me. And honestly no other RPG has ever given me that…Lost Odyssey was the only one that came close on an emotional level.

  4. JasonR

    I think that the only way you will see a FFVII remake is when AND ONLY WHEN they are going bankrupt. They won’t do it now because they are still making money. That will bring in enough money to save the company. That’s how the Final Fantasy series originally started. They were going under so they created their last game, and they decided to make it a fantasy game…. Final Fantasy. It then made them a ton of cash and they kept it going.

  5. JasonR

    S/E=Jerks.

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