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Ever since Sony created and showed off an HD, graphically updated sequence from Final Fantasy VII as a tech demo at E3 to prove just how impressive their new PS3 console was, fans have been salivating over the idea of a full-fledged remake to one of the most popular RPG’s ever created.

However, according to Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase in an interview with Ultimania magazine, they currently have no such plans.  In fact, many fans fail to realize just how difficult a task it would be to update FFVII, while simultaneously remaining true to the spirit of the original game.  Kitase believes that if they were to remake the game (and again, they aren’t), it would take quite some time.

“This issue is related to whether a Final Fantasy VII remake will happen or not. It is very hard to make games on PlayStation 3 in the same style as the games in that era had. Making graphics will take enormous time.”

While it does seem, from his comment, that there really are no plans to proceed with an FFVII remake, it’s hard to ignore the fact that he doesn’t outright deny the prospect.  One can’t help but to think that they’ve at least considered it, and probably have production notes sitting around somewhere, should the time ever come.

What you can say for certain though is that if it does happen, it’s not going to see the light of day for a long, long time.

Sources: The Lost Gamer / Game Informer

  1. I’m pretty sure this is an issue that needs to be dropped.

  2. SquareEnix needs to stop being defiant and make the FF7 remake. If they can devote seemingly their entire staff towards their two FF13 games and FF14 they can work on remaking a game that would give them more money than either FF13 game combined.

    Plus I’m honestly kind of surprised Sony hasn’t been pushing SquareEnix to remake FF7… it’s guaranteed money for both Sony and SE

  3. It’ll come, just when Square Enix wants to make a quick, huge buck.

  4. The last ‘good’ Final Fantasy game was 10, and that was nearly a decade ago.

  5. I can’t believe we are still talking about a FF7 remake. Put it to bed guys. It’s time to let go and move on with our lives.

  6. FF7 was great, but why do it again? Just wait for a new great experience to come along. Living in the past isn’t necessary.

  7. In every medium there are things that people find great, I love V for Vendetta and Y the Last Man, they are some of my favourite comics, I love The Crow and Usual Suspects, both great movies. I don’t obsess that one day, someone might re-make these, I view the originals and still love them.

    I have no idea why people see FF7 in a different light, if you love it so very much you have the chance to play it still, it’s not disappeared, they even added it to PSN recently didn’t they? So even if you only own the most recent of consoles, it’s still yours to play.

    But why is there the thought out there “I don’t want new ideas, new innovations, new classics, new favourite characters, new hated enemies, new immersive worlds, new engaging mechanics, all I want is the same game all over again but perhaps with new shinier graphics.”

  8. What Chris M. said.

    Square Enix is sitting on it. Sitting on it until their company is in dire straits. They’re announcing like 7 new properties this year: I don’t think they care about money at this stage.

    But if a huge amount of them fail, or worse, FFIV fails, you better believe the FFVII remake rumors and “dev footage cams” will start flying.

  9. Hmm. Paul pretty much said what I meant to, but so much more eloquently. Paul, you’re my hero.

  10. Yeah, what Chris said. If any of the FF13 or 14 related properties are a bust, Square will quickly bring the FF7 remake back into the spotlight. The only reason they are trying to snuff out the remake talk right now is to try and focus attention on a new property versus an old one.

    @Shawn
    Quit being a dick. A lot of people out there believe that the Final Fantasy franchise has been borderline limping since the glory days of 6-7-8, let the people have their hope.

  11. I would be nowhere near surprised if Square ended up creating this supposed remake, however, I honestly feel as though it’s not completely necessary. The original was absolutely great, and I’m content remembering that as it was. Sure, there is always room for improvement, but what if they actually put their efforts toward a good NEW Final Fantasy game?

  12. avatar Anonymous

    If they could make a new Final Fantasy that could stand in the shadow of 7 then i would quit worrying about a seven remake but until that time wooo go 7 lol

  13. avatar Brandon Thompson

    Seriously? It was good so why make it better? I for one never got to finish it. Nor is it easy to find (at least at a price im willing to pay for 15 year old graphics and turn base combat). Generaly I just turn my nose up to turn base fighting but the storylines in most of the Final Fantasy games are so intrigueing I make exception. But that doesnt mean i enjoy that combat system. So if they were to remake what is (I’m told) the best FF of all time, update the graphics, and make it realtime fighting . . . Hell I’d buy a PS3 just to play that!

    P.S. Consider taht the man that said ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel’ never tried to drive the original version on todays highways.

  14. avatar Chris

    Why won’t they port ff6?? they remade ff3 and ff4 for the ds, i’d even take a portable ff6 remake. Why not remake either of arguably the two best games in the franchise

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