Nomura On Final Fantasy VII Remake: “I Don’t Believe This Will Happen For The Time Being”

By Ishaan . January 24, 2010 . 2:35pm


Kingdom Hearts designer and Square Enix illustrator Tetsuya Nomura expounded upon the history of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife, in a recent 8-page spread on the character in Famitsu magazine.


"Fans are looking forward to an oft rumored remake of FFVII, but I don’t believe this will happen for the time being," said Nomura, as translated by Andriasang, addressing further development of Square’s popular protagonist in the near future.


Nomura’s comment regarding a remake would lend credence to Square Enix president Yoichi Wada’s statement that the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is intended to continue up until the game’s 20th anniversary in 2017. One would imagine a remake of the original game that sparked the craze would be a fitting end to the compilation.


Nomura went on: "However, it’s possible that he will appear in other titles as a guest character."


The last game Cloud appeared in as a playable character was Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Whether or not Dissidia will receive a direct sequel is debatable, but given that the Kingdom Hearts franchise — which Cloud has graced with his presence twice so far — still enjoys a high level of success, Nomura’s hint isn’t all too surprising.

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  • ECM

    Aww, and all the FFVII fanboys’ lives just got a little bleaker! (I love it, because I’m cold and callous like that.)

  • That’s cool. As much fun as it would be to see it updated with the latest hardware, I played it already ;) I’m weary of remakes of something already great, anyway. Could they improve the battle features or anything like that? I don’t know.

    It was a big seller on PSN, wasn’t it? Yeah, they probably know the potential sales for a remake, but maybe not as eager as the fans to push that out, yet.

  • mansfieldmassive

    Why are people still interested in Final Fantasy VII? I just don’t understand.
    Maybe it was interesting back in 1997, but that was just because most people hadn’t played anything like it.

    • BK0000

      Probably because it was most people’s first RPG.

      • Hraesvelgr

        But what does that have to do with anything? My first RPG was the original Final Fantasy, and I don’t give a crap about it.

  • Gateott

    I’m probably the last person in the world who’s desperate for a FFVII remake, but I’m kind of amazed that it hasn’t happened yet. I mean, it’s an absolute guarantee that it would make a metric shit-ton of money.

    • Aoshi00

      I think the problem has always been the budget required. Say, if it were to be remade rather faithfully w/ most contents intact except given an HD facelift, I bet it would cost much more money to make than even FF XIII, which was pretty barebone compared to VII. If it were remade for PSP like Crisis Core that should be easy, but then most VII fans are craving for a PS3 remake (there’s no point if they don’t go all out). I liked VII a lot even though it was far from my first RPG, but when I was playing XIII, I couldn’t help but think what VII, XIII, IX, X, or XII would look like w/ PS3 graphics. Not to mention what little we saw after the ending of Crisis Core, there’s a movie leading to Cloud riding the train to Midgar (it was slightly different than the PS3 tech demo), I doubt there’s a VII fan alive who wouldn’t want to play an HD remake.

      • shion16

        the other problem is the turn-based battle system
        probably wont work as the first time

        • Aoshi00

          That’s true, I thought of that as well, people pretty much abandoned the old turn-based (other than Sakaguchi’s Lost Odyssey, which I thought was still fun and works w/ some tweaks) favoring action RPGs. That means they would need to mess w/ the battle system and it might not turn out to be what fans wished for, I’m guessing they would make it partial automatic like XII or XIII which I’m not crazy about. Still it really would be awesome to see the older FFs (VII – X in my opinion) remade, those games have such a special place in my heart. We caught a glimpse of how good things can look in Advent Children, but that movie was totally senseless other than the fact I appreciate the animation (the stylish camera spinning was a little too much though).

          • malek86

            Do we really need a X remake? It still looks pretty good.

          • Aoshi00

            I know, the other day I was watching the infamous “laughing scene” on Youtube, X still holds up, maybe they could even do a HD upscale like God of War 1&2. The idea of seeing X (or VII to IX) in HD just comes to my mind when I was playing FFXIII because XIII was all eye candy and empty in contents. Like the raining scene in the castle ruins in IX, if they remake that, just wow…

          • lostinblue

            I thought it always looked horrible. The game is just inconsistent. that said, it’s problems run deep, starting with the plot itself, I never ever EVER want to see (and buy) a remake for it.

      • Moriken

        Or imagine what VI would look like on PS3! O,O

    • mFrog

      I guess the DS remakes of FF5 & 6 would come first anyway. I was a little miffed to see the DQ6 remake on DS come before FF5 but I guess they wanted to release DQ5, DQ9, and DQ6 in succession to strengthen the franchise on DS.

      • cowcow

        I’d rather FF5 & FF6 do come on the PSP with Dissidia type character models

  • shion16

    para entonces ya sere todo un adulto ya
    Habra que ver si mi amor por los juegos resiste tanto
    cosa que viendo como va el mercado dudo

    • 311

      No te preocupes pq si yo jugue FF VII cuando tenia 18 años pues no creo que el amor por los juegos de video muera tan rapido pq yo sigo jugando y tengo 30.

      • Ojalá que el mundo no se acabe antes del 2017, ahi todos nuestros sueños se irían por el caño XD
        Fuera de broma: tengo la esperanza que saldrá algún día :)

  • holyPaladin

    Ok KH III in progress? =)

  • I’m not really sure how this is news… both the “no remake” and the “he’ll be appearing elsewhere” part.

  • I prefer VIII over VII, but I would like to see this remade at some point (if just because it wasnt pretty pixels like VI and earlier and it didn’t age well like VIII and up) but with no tweaks to the battle system (maybe aside on-screen / avoidable enemies; that seems to be the trend nowadays). I miss old timey turn based systems..

    • Joanna

      I know. I don’t understand this hatred towards turn-based battle systems. :( (ok ok, I do understand it somewhat, but I think if enemies were visible a la Lufia and DQM: Joker, it wouldn’t be so bad) I adore turn based, and I like playing ARPGs as well. Why can’t everyone just embrace both. :(
      I hate how few turn-based RPGs there are on PS3 and Wii. Thank god the DS (and PSP) still have them. I don’t ever want to be deprived! :(

  • lostinblue

    For once, I think Nomura/Square-Enix are doing the right thing.

    For the time being they should just port FF7 into the DS and see it print money, then 5/10 years along the road, think of doing a remake.

    Stick to that route Nomura-enix.

    • ShinGundam

      Lol its more of Nomura-Dragon Quest XD
      Wait how about Nomura-Quest ? potential for new RPG :P

  • Good, i prefer ff9 above all else anyway

  • csmzs

    a final fantasy vii remake would be a waste of time, funds and resources. square-enix should spend their funds on creating new original videogames for the pc, the nintendo wii, the sony playstation 3, the ms xbox 360, the nintendo ds and the sony psp (eff the apple iphone/ipod/rumored tablet).

    final fantasy vii is overrated and awful, just let that sh-t die already!

  • Cloud_ST

    I don’t get all the hate people bring when talking about this game,maybe because It’s popular?,I don’t know.

    The game was really awesome but a good remake would be difficult,maybe It’s something for the next generation of consoles.

  • 311

    About time they said something to the FFVII Club (in their minds it the greatest though FF ever). Let FFVII die if you want a remake make it of FF VI. Oh by the way VII fans… start your whining again. lol

  • Ereek

    Oh man, the anti-FFVII brigade is out in full force today. Though I’m of mind that VIII needs a remake more than VII does. A lot of the things that were tried in VIII were great ideas pulled off badly. If they upgraded and rebalanced the mechanics of VIII, many people would find it a good deal more enjoyable. I’m in the camp that loves VIII’s mechanics because they’re so easily abusable and broken, but I simply can’t stand to play past Disk 3 because it annoys me. VII’s mechanics are fine, other than a certain summon being overpowered and the lo~ong animation sequences of certain spells. A bit more variety in how each character played other than their limit breaks would be nice, though.I really think I just want more Triple Triad, though.But, of course, my dream is a V remake, in perhaps something closer to what they did with I+II PSP and their enhanced sprites. I definitely enjoyed the way SE handled those two. Then again, the Hydra battle in the canal and riding the Dragon in full HD would be amazing.

    • Moriken

      Yes, I think FFV should get a remake. To be honest, the scenario felt really bland to me – even FFIV at least had the moon which was a bit different for the time. And FFV? Full of the same generic tilesets. :D
      Reworking the world design to give it more of a unique visual approach (as the FFs from VI onward all had) could be pretty cool though.

    • And here I was hoping they’d skip V and move straight on to VI. :P

      (Don’t kill me! I know you job system freaks love your III and V!)

      VIII is fantastic, though, and still my favourite of the whole series. I’d love to see a retelling of it where Squall is a little less frustrating personality-wise. Also, I don’t care what people say about the Draw system; I thought it was awesome, and I loved the concept of building characters entirely around the GFs.

      • Ereek

        You caught me, I’m totally a job-system freak. That’s also why I love DQIII and VII over V (my third favorite DQ). I wasn’t the biggest fan of FFIII, but I love Tactics.

        I love VIII, but I simply don’t like the way any character is presented on Disk 3 and beyond. Edea is perhaps the only exception. I do feel that VIII has some of the most “epic” moments in FF, with the Garden Battles and whatnot. Also, FFVIII desperately needs the new SE localization treatment. SE’s localization is much better now compared to 10-15 years ago. Playing Chrono Trigger DS is like playing an almost completely different game at a few points. Of course, VII has this problem too, but VIII is worse because the bad localization butchered Rinoa’s character and simply made her “annoying.”

        • I’m kind of the opposite when it comes to RPGs; I like it when characters have fixed jobs because I feel like it gives them personality, even if it isn’t expressed within the context of the story. But I do love FFIII’s job system though…I had a lot of fun with that game. I don’t know how I’d feel about V…it’s not that I DON’T want to see it remade; just that I’m really impatient for VI and I probably won’t appreciate V as much because of that.

          Agreed, VIII had some of the best buildup / awesome moments of any FF. The assassination sequence with Liberi Fatali playing throughout was one of my favourites. There’s a lot of potential for a remake. I love romance in games, and there’s just so much more they could add to flesh out Squall and Rinoa (and maybe even some of the other characters). They could even throw in a SeeD Monster Hunter mode where you run around capturing beasts for the Garden!

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Honestly, I bought an old copy of VII not too long ago, started playing for about an hour and havent touched it since. Got a die-hard VII-fan friend whom almost gets mad at me for not seeing the beauty in the game. Might be that I need to get further into the it, might be that I’m a pixels-whore, but I really don’t think it stands up to most RPG’s today. What I want from a old FF game to be remade is the Tetra Master mini-game from IX. They might as well remake IX which probably is my fave FF.

  • malek86

    Why do people like remakes so much? Just play the game again if you want to.

  • FFVII was my first FF , i didnt know nothing about it but something on the cover made me buy it … i think it was hours of cutcenes …
    if only i knew id be dooming myself XD ! lol and i had no memory card sooo the first 10 times i started the game were fun fun xD !
    Anyway i only want a remake if its gonna be on Ps3 and they push it to the limits… if not dont do it «« the original is just fine! Overated or not its special to me and i dont want it ruined ! OHh but i did enjoy crisis core ! playing with zack was awsome but yeah «« its like FF13 missions repetivive although i have 98% of them done «« ……………………………. it was on my PsP for more than a year O_O !

  • lucy1986

    FF7 changed my life. Admittedly it was a great story with great characters but MORE than that it was a game that will always be best at nostalgia’s length. That’s not to say that advent children and CCore were bad, in fact they were both fantastic, but like modern fanart I see of the game, they’re a tribute. Nothing can re-create what 1997 meant to me.

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