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.