Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase On A Final Fantasy VII Remake

By Ishaan . February 17, 2014 . 5:27am

Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase, who also served as director on Final Fantasy VII, has once again commented on the prospect of a remake of that game, in a talk with Eurogamer.

 

According to Kitase, “staff availability and budget” are two of the biggest obstacles that prevent the remake from being greenlit, but there’s also another barrier in its way—Kitase’s own motivation to work on such a project.

 

“Even if I casually say I would like to do that, because it would be a huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really am prepared to take on this huge responsibility,” Kitase said.

 

He continued: “I don’t know if those three things will happen simultaneously. It has to tick lots of very big boxes. I won’t rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen. But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I’ve done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I’m very happy with. It’s a huge thing for me.”

 

Kitase also briefly touched upon the idea of an HD remastered version of Final Fantasy XII, saying that he isn’t aware of any such plans at Square Enix at the moment.

 

“It depends on the team who created 12,” Kitase said. “If they think it’s a good idea they might opt for it.”


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  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Seriously, just leave it alone. It’s fine the way it is. Make something new. Hell, finish FFXV.

    12-HD would be a good idea though. Or even just a PS2 original on PSN release. As it stands, that’s the only game that’s not playable on current-gen.

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      Thank you for this post. I agree with everything you said.

    • Pedro Furtado

      Indeed, leave it alone.

      I would even rather have a expanded port, same graphics, with trophies and more party conversation / events than a remake.

    • Altin

      “If it ain’t broken there is no need to fix it.”

      I just wish that they won’t touch VI, VII and IX…

      • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

        Except they already did touch FFVI. And the ensuing Android and iOS ‘update’ was tragic.

        • Altin

          Yes, but I was rather referring to them trying to “remaster” or “remake” anything. The best course of action for that tragedy was just to play the GBA version on my Android :)

      • Kerzie Wildrick

        you just skipped the best ff in the series FFVIII how could you

        • Altin

          I am sorry, I am currently playing through VIII. I bought it last week during the PSN Sale. So far, it is not so bad but I am still on CD1 ^^

          • Kerzie Wildrick

            i love it is my all time favorite game

          • Altin

            It does have one of the best card games, so far I can tell by now :D

          • Kerzie Wildrick

            i think it has the best soundtrack of the whole ff franchise

          • Altin

            It’s really nice but I dont think that it can top Final Fantasy IX in my opinion :)

          • Kerzie Wildrick

            9 has some awesome music but you said ur still early in the game even though i think the Garden music is the best i ever heard their is so many great tracks yet to come for you

          • Altin

            Good point. Yeah, the Garden music and also the world roaming music are very great.

    • Slayven19

      I agree with you but they are making new games and they for the most part aren’t turning out well…I do buy all of them though but only because I play rpg’s and need them in my life.

  • TheExile285

    I’d rather they didn’t remake. Especially not after X-2.5…..

    • Nice Boat Quatro
    • PreyMantis

      If they’re going to remake it, I want Monolith Soft to do it.

      • http://archaois.deviantart.com/ Brian E. Scheid

        Knowing Nintendo, since Monolith is a first-party Nintendo dev, they’d end up creating a remake well worth playing. Problem is that fans would bitch about it since it’d be a Wii U/3DS exclusive.

        • PreyMantis

          I’m not saying it would be restricted to only Nintendo platforms, but I’m just saying if someone’s going to remake the game, I (just me) WANT it to be Monolith Soft.

          • David García Abril

            Considering Monolith belongs to Nintendo now, that won’t happen, I’m afraid… :P

          • PreyMantis

            You’re right, but like I was saying and console wars aside, Monolith Soft is, in my honest opinion, the best developer to remake a Final Fantasy VII.

          • Kazekage Gaara

            Sad face :(

      • Kenny Loh

        well, i think level-5 should remake FFVII lol

        • pokeslob

          second!

        • Brion Valkerion

          No thanks, they make amazing worlds thats for sure, but damn they need help with pacing and overall game balance.

    • Kurizu208

      X-2.5 is just a novel, whats wrong with that?

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        it’s story is canon that is problem with it

  • 하세요

    I’d rather just see new FF titles rather than living in the past in HD.

    • totoro

      Considering the notoriety of the XIII series, I wouldn’t say everyone would be very excited to see more FF.

      Then again, the hype for XV speaks otherwise.

      • Shippoyasha

        FF13 had some amazing visuals and did some pretty interesting things with the combat systems. And their perceived weaknesses were characters and story (even though I thought FF13 series actually had some good characters just with the plot wonkiness hampering a lot of it). And that’s something FF7 did very well. So maybe the puzzle pieces fit there.

        • EinMugenTenshin

          FF 13 had a pretty boring Combat System in my view, however they fixed it somewhat in FF 13-3. Or that is a lie, it is actually very good in 13-3, as they approach the Tales series to a greater degree.

        • Judgephoenix

          I had no problem with the combat system, but they pretty much destroyed the Cast through 3 games. Only having one party member.
          As far as the visuals I think they went downhill through the game because it became budget titles to make a profit for the company and fix 14.(This main fact will be the reason the 13 series was probably created.Also why they pushed back 15 since that story was probably changed so the back story of the gods was still there.)
          Always thought that in FF games it was all about coming together with many differences between the people. They threw that way to focus on Lightning…..

          • Yause

            Visually, it’s more complicated than just budget. The Crystal Tools engine is pretty limited, so drastic decreases in polygon count and texture resolution were required as they enlarged the game environments. There are a number of questionable assets in XIII-2 and Lightning Returns, but the biggest issues are technical (assets that are conceptually beautiful but then reduced in resolution or polygon count).

            It’s no coincidence that FFXIII environments are so narrow and linear with few objects on screen. That’s sort of the sweet spot in maintaining slick visuals and a smooth frame rate. However, fans demanded more openness, so XIII-2 saw a number of trade-offs to preserve performance.

        • dragoon_slayer12

          Very well said. I think XII has the best story of the series, but the worst character development, while XIII was the opposite. XIII has the best atb in any jrpg, but I hate that you can’t input your parties commands, or at least have combat multiplayer (like IX and I think a few others). If they can do XIII’s combat mechanic for an entire party rather than just one character, I think the series would appeal to more than just rpg fans (a common dislike non rpg gamers have is the “my turn, your turn bullshit).

          • Tiredman

            I am not a huge fan of the combat system as the future. For FF 13, its fine, but I honestly am getting tired of not having control of my party. I was a big fan of FF 12, but I don’t want a rehash of it unless its a combination of it plus all Final Fantasy’s between 5 and 10.

        • Tiredman

          It wasn’t a perceived weakness, it was a horribly disfiguring scar with the way they butchered the story and made the characters cookie cutter archetypes. When only a few people can piece together the story, then something is wrong with it.

          The other big weakness was lack of a real world to explore. No towns, no optional quests that weren’t kill boss a, b, c, d, e. The entire game was a one trick pony, the combat system.

          I would say 13-2 fixed some of the problems, but it created a slew of others. Weak main characters personality wise, loss of difficulty, horrid use of DLC to extend the game and give it the depth it should of had in the first place. And again, optional content stuff. The optional content in 13-2 was dull and uninspired.

          The level up system in both games was a joke. You pick one of your roles, and hold down a button. There is no point to it. To be honest, they would of been better off just having you set a role, and then showing an exp number that when you hit it, you get a stat boost, skill, or whatever. The crystarium’s were a waste of time.

          Lastly, in the first FF 13, the ability to enhance gear was not thought through all the way. I could only manage to level up two weapons per character to a middle of the way level before the game was over. This gear leveling deal also made it so a majority of weapons were worthless. If you leveled one up just a short way, it outstripped all weapons that came after. They did not balance this part of the game at all.

          So no, FF 13 didn’t have perceived weaknesses, it was nothing but weakness in its purest form.

          • Shippoyasha

            Well, I wouldn’t say FF13 is faultless. But a lot of its issues can be polished and made better. A lot of the combat elements are done pretty well, even if they are not flawless. Some of the characters had a lot of vibrancy to them but unfortunately, they couldn’t play it off of a more of a solid, grounded story. I just thought there was a lot they did right, even if I do agree the products weren’t perfected by any stretch.

      • Lucky Dan

        XV the main character looks like Tetsuya Nomura :/ I bet he’ll be a Gary Stu and overpowered like a certain other character in another series XD

        • Steven Higgins

          I wouldn’t say that, he has a definitive, dual layered personality. Outwardly it is said he puts up a calm, collected front. At first glance he appears to be a “cool” character in the vein of Cloud, Squall and Lighting. But once you get pass that, you’ll see that he feels a great responsibility to his country and allies, but is not mature enough to make the best decisions quite yet, which causes him to act rashly and take risks. He’s kind of like the “anti-Cloud”.
          At least that’s what I’ve read.

      • Herok♞

        Seeing as its been 8 years the hype would have had a good amount of time to build for Versus

    • Altumn

      I can not up this enough. As much as I love X, I would have rather seen that work go into XV so that we see more games faster. Didn’t Square even say they wanted to shoot out games every 2 years?

  • Neophoton

    “I-It’s not like we want to do a remake for anything!”

    I feel like Square keeps going back and forth on this whole remake thing, even if I’d rather they just move on to other things.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Square Tsundere Enix

    • pokeslob

      Honestly it seems like they’ve never really planned on it, they just are dealing with the repercussions of making at tech demo out of VII and now every fanboy wants a remake. I’m going to say, realistically, we shouldn’t hold our breaths and we should all just get super hyped for XV :3

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    You know I remember everyone and their brother hoping that this got remade at some point years back.

    And now everyone doesn’t want it.

    Tells you something, that.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I don’t think the fact that people want a remake has changed (otherwise, the aforementioned article wouldn’t exist). What I do think has changed is whether or not people believe Square Enix is capable of making a good one.

      • Aoshi00

        If S-E would be content in only updating the graphics, just like the FFX/X-2 remaster, then it would work out ok.. but from their comments of this being an ambitious project, they want to give it an overhaul from story to battle system.. I just want old school FFs that have next gen graphics (last gen now) like Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey.. I mean for all FF7 fans, after playing Crisis Core, seeing the FF7 PS3 demo, or playing games like Blue Dragon/Lost Odyssey, who wouldn’t want a HD FF7 remake, I didn’t think it was unreasonable at all.. but not if they make something different. For now, S-E would only make turn-based RPGs if it’s like Bravely Default’s simple super deformed on the 3DS.. I still want Mistwalker to cook up some great RPGs after ASH, BD, LO, and TLS..

        Still, it doesn’t give you confidence when S-E keeps saying “they can’t do it, it’s hard to do, etc”, while Monolith is cooking up something as cool as X.. X is like Xenoblade w/ beefed up graphics, improve on something that already works.. S-E is just too experimental.. they think something needs to be completely new.. of course I get it that if they’re blowing a huge budget on remaking such a classic, they would want to go all out and not making something that feels exactly the same, so it’s a conundrum indeed.

        Having a FF-12 remaster down the line would be great, X/X-2 remaster was done perfectly, well, minus the drama CD & 2.5 novel :P Remaking something is fine, but don’t add unnecessary baggage, based on the S-E, they most likely would, that’s what worries people. To me S-E is like a hit or miss.. life’s like a box of chocolates lol.. if Mistwalker were to handle this under Sakaguchi and Uematsu, then I would actually be more confident.. it would be cool if they let Fujisaka Himiko draw design FF7 :) currently one of my fav. char designs..

        Speaking of remakes, I loved the new Robocop remake (saw the original like 20 times and love that too), done really well, different and focused on diff elements yet had lots of references to the original.. compared to the Total Recall remake which left a lot to be desired.

        • Shippoyasha

          Yeah, there’s basically no chance FF7 is just a straight up high definition remaster. FF7 ‘remake’ is likely going to be a whole new game, even if it takes after FF7′s core storyline.

          • Aoshi00

            yeah, if it’s just better graphics and music, plays the same w/ the same story, then people would be more assured it’s the same classic except given a face lift, voice acting, cutscenes, etc w/ the same spirit intact.. but S-E would definitely update the battle system, it’s so diff from X, 12, 13, 13-2, LR, and later 15.. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have straight turn based like Lost Odyssey.. Monolith Soft made a very exciting and engaging battle system w/ Xenoblade though (even if it felt a “bit” like MMORPG :) And I would go out on a limb to say this, make Toriyama Motomu stay far far away :P..

          • Shippoyasha

            Yeah, FF7′s dynamic fighting shown off in Advent Children will likely be something to look forward to if they want to improve on the dynamic real life combat systems of FF13 Trilogy and other games since. It likely won’t be the exact same experience even if they may try using an ATB system again (I can see how it’s risky staying true to oldschool or going entirely new school).

          • kaotron

            I’d also rather if squenix focused on their future game instead of this ff-remake that should just be left alone.

            There’s no real way to satisfy all of the fans..

            1)The game didnt age well at all either, it’s old school mechanic would be pretty boring by today’s standards

            2)And if they changed the game slightly(or completely) then it would piss off a lot of religious fans of the original version.

          • Shippoyasha

            Yeah but I am a pretty hardcore FF7 fan and I can understand if they want a gameplay overhaul though. The general ideas of a massive world to explore could work well if it’s adapted well. In the end, it will have to be an entirely new beast. And I can accept it not being just a pretty FF7 remake. We may as well call it FF16 at that point. Maybe FF17 may take the 7 number into something symbolic as the FF7 remake being called onto its own game.

          • LightZero

            But that’s the thing. Some people would want the battle system to be more modern. If they stuck with the traditional ATB battle system they would bash it especially the younger generation who might want to see what the hype is all about. Personally I rather get a more modern battle system. If I wanted to same old stale ATB system I would just boot up my PS1 version.

            You brought up Mistwalker. Sakaguchi finds traditional turn based game outdated. He regretted going with that for Lost Odyssey so he decided to do an action based game with TLS. I would imagine if he does a new project he would keep it action based.

          • kaotron

            There’s no way to satisfy everyone, if anything most of the hardcore fans just like the game for nostalgia alone. FF7 battle system today wouldn’t work because of it’s outdated-ness and how badly it’s gameplay has aged compared to todays games.

            And I’m pretty sure the a lot of fans would scream blasphemy if the game was complete remade with new implementations like the DMC reboot…

          • Tom_Phoenix

            The problem is that more modern doesn’t automatically mean better as XIII very clearly demonstrated. The irony of the recent LR retro-style trailer was that it looked more fun to play with its “stale ATB system” than the actual games ended up being.

            On that note, I actually wouldn’t mind if the VII remake got some gameplay updates, particularly regarding the needlessly long and unskippable summon animations. But rather than thinking in terms of “modern” or “outdated”, the developers would have to observe what really needs updating and what already works well.

          • Happy Gamer

            I don’t think turn based battles are outdated in a sense, it gives you the best kind of predicting, strategic thinking in an RPG than any action based system will have. Like predicting in how many turns an enemy will do XXX so prep for that round etc. “tactics” games are not outdated, and I think turn based games can stay relevent too. I think Turn based battles do suffer though from difficulty of implementing something new. Bravely Default did it very well.

            I freakin loved the FF 13 battle system, but it was really not all that tactical when compared to some of the better turned based games.

            All in all, I don’t this is an argument about if turn based or real time is better but preference in heavy strategy in an RPG vs more action.

            I have to say I am biased in this regard in all honesty. I really like my “RPGs” and tactics games to have good, solid strategy elements.

            There are heavy action games with RPG elements and I think I prefer those over RPG with heavy action elements.

      • LightZero

        Even then it still keeps being requested so yeah I don’t think they change their mind. I’m sure some are weary of SE doing it right. But ultimately a FFVII remake is one of those damn if you and damn if you don’t situations. That’s why I think it is best to let the sleeping dog just stay asleep. One way or the other SE will piss off someone in that rather vocal (and most times annoying) fanbase.

    • Godmars

      Going to the trouble of doing the target render trailer for the PS3, then saying it would take *their* lifetimes to actually make it that quality, all these repeated cock-teases which only amount to “we’re not good enough to make it” kind of removes fan faith.

      I mean, they could just lower those target standards, make something closer to the original game instead of what have been 1:1 scale, but somehow have it their minds that only the new standard – Skyrim – would be good enough.

    • Pyrofrost

      When it comes to games this old, I would rather just see them be touched up instead of getting full remakes. That’s why I prefer what was done with FF 4 on PSP over what was done with it on DS.

      Just smoothing out those hideous polygons, and touching up the CG and backgrounds would do wonders. I’m personally not interested in them messing with the gameplay, story, or making it look like FFXV. I never have been. To me, if they did that, it wouldn’t be or feel like FFVII anymore.

      I especially wouldn’t want all that done to my personal favorite, FFVI. Which is also something a lot of people have also asked for. The Magitek thing for FFXIV was nice and all, but I really wouldn’t want FFVI remade into some CG orgy.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

        I think the only thing in their compilation that did it for me was Crisis Core. Really that answered a lot of questions that were missing in that regard for events that transpired prior to Final Fantasy VII coming to be and I think it was one of the titles that actually did it right even though it wasn’t the same system that people had grown up with (Action-based DMW instead of RPG-based Materia system).

        I wouldn’t mind an HD remake either at this point, since Squeenix is throwing those at us with franchises like Kingdom Hearts and the addition of Final Mix and Mix+ but I’ll also live if it never comes to be. The particular entry in this franchise has been played to death at this point.

        • Pyrofrost

          My apologies for the long reply.

          The main thing I think has most people worried with this is if they will touch the actual gameplay; and if they do, how much.

          Revamping the battle system of KH1 for the HD version to match the improved installments worked because it was simply an improvement on the original mechanic, rather than something brand new.

          With FFVII, they are pretty much backed into a wall with the game being turn based and with ATB being the best turn based mechanic (imo). Crisis Core was okay using an all new mechanic, because it was a new game/entry. I don’t think plugging in the CC system would really work though. I mean, they could call in tri-ace to rework the battle system (in the vein of SO), or something like that; however, that will piss off a lot of players, I’m sure.
          If they stick with the ATB, as I would prefer, that would draw a lot of complaints from players who expect modernization. This would be the same in regards to the level of improvement they give the graphics; or even, how much or how little they touch the story.

          That’s what I would say makes this so touchy. No matter what SE would do in this situation, a big part of their fanbase is going to be left alienated and pissed off. It’s a no win situation for them. There is already a portion of the fanbase that feels that way now because SE hasn’t done the remake.

          Having said all that, I wouldn’t mind a remake either, as long as it’s done in the manner that I mentioned in my first reply; but I can think of other thing I’d rather see SE doing.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

            Well, when you’ve been around the block for the genre for the past almost 30 years and you’ve made a few dozen RPGs, after a while, how do you stick to your guns and at the same time outdo yourself for a new entry, even if it’s a remake? How do you begin to create or recreate something effectively enough to please everyone?

            I don’t think you can, but the less you change while still bringing it into the times, the better. Graphics are the easy change, sticking with the original combat system while fixing a few bugs (if any) works, adding additional content that doesn’t screw over what you originally had going for the game or the plot or anything in relation to the flow is definitely another thing to consider. Anything else and you’re working on running into territory you don’t want to spend time and money treading on. They keep mentioning that it would take years, perhaps a decade, to redo FF7. My question is why, really? Does a graphics update take more than a year for something of the length FF7 was? Does it really need voice acting? We were pretty happy beforehand, I thought…

          • Steven Higgins

            If people were happy with beforehand, then they wouldn’t be clamoring for a remake in the first place, it’s not like they can’t play it on PS3 now. No, I’m pretty sure that those asking for a remake want the whole shebang, updated graphics, which means the game would have to be remade from scratch with a PS3/4 graphics engine, voice acting, which would require Cid’s and Barret’s lines to be cleaned up, trophy support, possibly a chapter where you play as Vincent and Yuffie helping to evacuate Midgar. All that stuff. I mean, the whole reason people started asking for a FFVII remake to begin with was because of the PS3 tech demo that showed the opening in PS3 graphics.
            The problem is, they can’t faithfully remake if they want to keep the original ESRB rating since things that were once acceptable in a T rated game for example now require an M, so they either have to dumb it down or up the rating, the former of which would piss a ton of fans off.

          • Pyrofrost

            I couldn’t agree more. By the time you’ve been around that long and have gotten to big; there are so many people expecting so many things from you, literally nothing is a safe bet for them to put out any more.

            All you’re left with is a few people who actually like and a few who hate every project, and people who bandwagon with one camp or the other.

            Side note: (personally, while I tend to be into niche JP games and Musou; I am quite fond of most of SE’s console and portable console work).

            Personally though, I think SE is just afraid to remake FFVII because of how it’s regarded by the gamer community, as the best JRPG ever created. (which I personally disagree with)

            So they are saying whatever they can, whenever it is brought up, to dodge having to do the remake. The reason why I think they keep saying it would take years, is because they will set their goals too high. Much like what they did with v.XIII

    • leingod

      People are volatile. But not me, I still want it.

  • katzedan

    As much as I want to play FFVII with awesome graphics like XIII-XV, I still have the fear that they decide to change lot of things on the game that can ruin the experience for the people who love the original FFVII.
    well, let’s wait to see what the future holds.

  • Wake

    I’m still hoping for a FF5/6 remake. I’m at a loss on why it hasn’t happened yet. They have the perfect platform for it (3DS) and after seeing the success of Bravely Default, SE is still capable of making a retro style RPG feel new.

    • Arcana Drill

      but Bravely default is only published by SE, it was made by silicon studios.

      • Wake

        True, but SE collaborating with other studios isn’t new. The past FF remakes were made by Matrix Software. They’ve been making ios games lately, I’m pretty sure SE can convince them to work on a couple more FF remakes.

    • Arcana Drill

      but Bravely default is only published by SE, it was made by silicon studios.

    • Eilanzer

      Man…After the horrible remake of Final Fantasy IV 3Dish…I RLY don´t want a port to 3ds!

      • Endy Operin

        I don’t know about everyone but I liked ff4 remake for nds. While the original game is the least loved ff game for me (among FF1-10 games), remake is somewhere in the middle of that list.

      • pokeslob

        true dis! I’d like a vita/ps3 remake of V and VI with dissidia style character models (you know, since they already have Bartz and Exdeath :p)

  • Go2hell66

    that his way of saying “aint nobody got time fo’ dat”

    • Ronldbx6

      lol

  • Crevox

    People want it, but they don’t have faith in SE to do it right.

    • LightZero

      The FFVII fanboys that keep asking about it seems to have faith or they just don’t care. So I’ll have to disagree with you. I seen too many people whining and begging for it to be remade to the point I’m just sick of hearing it.

      • karasuKumo

        They have a perfect idea of what they want personally, as does everybody else that wants a VII remake. Square know that there’s no way to please everyone. It’s safer to make a new game that nobody has any expectations for.

        • Shippoyasha

          That’s the thing though. People want Square to try taking a risk people want them to take instead of going on a wild tangent by themselves by almost making FF13 a decade long franchise (before, FF15 was supposed to be linked to FF13).

          • Time Sage

            Techinally it it still is. It’s the Goddess Etro is still in the game’s back story last I checked. XIII, Type Zero and XV and their spin-offs all share the same gods and myths but different worlds. (Type Zero has l’cie for example

    • luckgandor

      That sums up my thoughts on a lot of things published by SE. A TWEWY sequel being another good example.

      • God

        When that “7 New Days” screenshot was first posted, i didn’t actually care for any of that, i just got on the hype train, but now, i think maybe it was a good thing it was never made, i mean, what if they screwed up? It’s better they let it die with dignity… WHO AM I KIDDING?! I NEED TWEWY2, I NEEEED IIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      today’s ‘SE’ cant do it right like the team of old SquareSoft did it many years ago, but yes, well put my friend.

      • kaotron

        Besides, ffxv and kh3 I also wanted them to make a twewy sequel but the only thing i’ve seen from them for a long while was that horrendous Ff13 trilogy that they invested so much time and money into…

    • RoyalR R.M

      They going to complain about how they change things in FF 7.
      Well you asked for it. They don’t even have the old staff back then.
      Most of them already moved on.

      • Yause

        Most of the principal staff behind FFVII are still at Square Enix or are readily accessible (such as Kazushige Nojima).

        The thing is that the staff have also changed over time. We already saw their vision evolve through Advent Children and Crisis Core, and I’d imagine that they want a remake to be a further evolution as opposed to a rehash of old ideas.

        Scale is the other problem. We already know how they struggle with high end console development, which limited what they could do on the Lightning trilogy. Square Enix would fare much, much better as a handheld-only developer, but that isn’t what FFVII fans want to see either.

    • Monterossa

      that’s the FF fanbase. the unpleasable fanbase.

    • Xerain

      …And S-E realizing exactly what it woudl take to get it right would rather not mess with it.

    • BL4CKSH33P

      Square Enix has not fucked up for like 3 years get over it. They have released or published multiple great games over the past few years including sleeping dogs, deus ex, bravely default, ff14, tomb raider, ffxiii lightning returns (i hate the othrr ffxiii games) and they have decided to remake kh 1 and 2 in time for kh3. People keep saying they miss squaresoft but its all nostalgia because you always disregard all the good from square enix. They are doing fine right now and only the idiots would be afraid square enix could deliver. Especially with all the amazing studios they own.

  • PreyMantis

    You know what would create a buzz?
    Director: Motomu Toriyama.

    • Godmars

      yes. Because everyone wants to see Lightning fight Sephiroth.

      • Herok♞

        I would love to see that…

        • David García Abril

          You already have “Dissidia 012″ for that.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        nah. it’ll just have new time travel bullshit to mess with the FFVII universe

  • The Watcher

    FF7 remake will only happen if SE company is in jeopardy. It’s pretty much their comeback card.

    • OhMyClarence

      I gotta be honest with you, even if the company is in jeopardy and they do this I don’t it will save them that much money. FFVII is a great fantastic game that set the standards, but those were standards from a long time ago. There have since been great JRPGs that have done it differently. While the VII will always have a big place in its core fans’ heart, I don’t think that will translate into huge sales for the company.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Speaking for myself, I would love to see a remake of VII (and V/VI as well, even though I think those two have aged like wine). However, I have to admit, I’m more than a little skeptical of whether or not Square Enix could pull it off well. There are just so many ways they could screw it up, from shoving terrible “Compilation of VII” retcons into it to adding stupid cutscenes like the ones MGS: Twin Snakes had to changing the combat mechanics to something as awful as what XIII had (the “hypothetical questions” Kitase raised regarding a possible FF VI remakes do NOT help matters in this regard). At this point, I have such little faith in SE as a developer that a VII remake announcement would likely make me panic just as much as it would make me happy.

    That said, the developers of Bravely Default proved that they know what they’re doing as far as retro-style RPGs are concerned. If the job of making a VII remake was entrusted to them (they could even reuse the Bravely Default engine for such a purpose), I think it would have a decent chance of turning out alright.

  • Zer0faith

    Incoming Rant:
    You know what I had an argument with a friend about why this should and shouldn’t be done. The two biggest things that came up is that even a simple HD version of it would be guaranteed to sell due to the fan base it has that persists even with the latest tarnishing of the FF franchise. Even non rpg fans have heard of FF 7.
    However, an HD remake would bring one thing to light. It would allow it to be compared to current games of this gen. It wouldnt have that oldie but goodie protection that classic games from long ago have. It would reveal that FF7 isn’t the masterpiece it’s said to be. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a bad game by any means but time has thrown at us better games that have innovated perhaps even learned and improved from FF 7.
    For that reason I can see why many would feel that leaving that legend untouched would be the better idea and perhaps Squeenix does too.

    • Shippoyasha

      I think a good case can be made in that FF7 is indeed a masterpiece though. But it really depends on how the story and characters resonate with each player. I think the point of a remake is to flesh out the old ideas and make them more presentable in modern visuals and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t think it’s fair to just cite FF7′s strengths as nostalgia alone. There are many elements to its story that would do really well so many years later. There’s some heady, serious aspects to the story that many RPGs still struggle to touch even today.

    • LightZero

      I agree that why it shouldn’t be remade, but some evil part of me want it to be remade just for this happen because I’m tired of seeing FF7 being over-glorified. It’s a good game. In fact, it’s probably my 2nd favorite FF behind FF9 of the main titles. However, you got to admit it would definitely remove the rose tinted glasses some fans have.

    • rpgmaniac

      “It would reveal that FF7 isn’t the masterpiece it’s said to be. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a bad game by any means but time has thrown at us better games that have innovated perhaps even learned and improved from FF 7.”

      Man seriously what r u talking about? ~__~ FFVII fans who beg SE for a remake have already finish this games multiple times they know like the back of their hand how the game plays, me personally I have finish FFVII 24 times & I still want to experience the story with next-gen visuals & voice overs, don’t worry those who believe that FFVII is one of the best if not the best game ever made & the best JRPG haven’t change their opinion because some games innovate or improve on some things compare to FFVII, this game continue to be their favorite game & this is not gonna change no matter how many years pass or how many new JRPGs we r gonna play in the future & that’s why we want to experience this game once again but like a next-gen game this time, just the thought of casting “Knights of the Round” or “Omnislash” with PS4 graphics or watching some of the FMV but redone with FFXIII quality make my mind go crazy from excitement… that’s why we keep on asking for a remake.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        And what happens when Tifa sounds like Vanille? Why should Squenix invest in a remake when you’re happy to play this game over and over?

        • Aoshi00

          Tifa won’t sound like Vanille, because she’s alrdy been voiced by Itou Ayumi, just like Cloud by Sakurai Takahiro, in Advent children and other games, there’s alrdy a cast.

  • fairysun

    People should just let this game rest in Lifestream.
    Seriously, this game has served its purpose. It takes jRPG to a new level and makes jRPG more popular outside Japanese market.

    Speaking of which, I don’t remember this area. :(

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Isn’t that the city of the Ancients?

      • totoro

        Yup, I don’t remember the background being dark though.

        • Nice Boat Quatro

          Now I think it’s while leaving the city in the road to the mountain.

  • Alos88

    As long as Square feel that their best work is behind them it’ll be true, and that’s a pretty depressing thought.

  • Shippoyasha

    I think they should go for it but only if they shore up the budget and staff like he is saying.

    Also, I don’t think such a project is going to be a straight up HD version or just pretty-fying things. They will likely rebalance the entire game, redo a lot of the script, strengthen the story leadup to the final Sephiroth battle and maybe even add in Advent Children plotline. There’s a lot of things they’re likely going to do, and it will basically be a whole another beast onto itself. So he is pretty right in saying it’ll be an ambitious project.

    While I do agree FF7 doesn’t absolutely need to be remade, I don’t think it hurts the credibility of FF7 in itself just because they may remake the game.

    Instead of waddle in what-ifs, I’d rather see them take the chance and do so. But I’m guessing it will likely mean they work on future iteration FF games alongside FF7. And I suppose that’s what he means in saying he will need more devs on hand.

  • UUDDLRLR BASTART

    You cant remake nostalgia.

    • César H. Sandoval

      Tell that to Hollywood! they also don’t seem to understand it with all tohes pointless and souless movie remakes.

    • Kazekage Gaara

      Nostalgia whores are shit you know :|

    • Kazekage Gaara

      Nostalgia whores are shit you know :|

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Kitase’s got the right idea. I think everyone at Square knows Final Fantasy VII was a product of its time and wouldn’t work today. There’s just too much in that game that was a product of the era during which it was developed, and retooling it to fit how games have evolved since then wouldn’t have nearly the same effect.

    There are lessons to be learnt from FFVII, of course. To this day, it’s one of the few non-visual novel games that does a genuinely good job of building up an actual mystery and keeping you in suspense until the big reveal happens. Too few RPGs do that now.

    • Shippoyasha

      I think you have a point in regarding the actual mechanics (as in directly coming off of FF6, the entire N64 to PS1 elements, using static camera and mixing CGI and polygons). But that’s precisely why SE is bracing for an entire retooling of the game. I don’t think a direct port will make much sense at this point. It has to be built from the root up to be an entirely new FF7.

      That said, there’s a lot to the story and characters and the dialogue (and mystery as you say) which could play very well depending on how they pull it off. But it’s going to be an entirely new experience. They will have to pull a lot from the strength of the story, characters, music and they will have to retool the gameplay and redo the entire world in dynamic 3D and not in static camera picture stills.

    • Godmars

      Still, Square made the mistake of opening the door for it with the PS3 target trailer. Set the standards impossibly too high, and can’t bring themselves to admit such.

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        Yeah, granted, they probably didn’t think it would cause as big of an outcry as it did. I mean, Nintendo made the same mistake with that Zelda tech demo back in the Gamecube days, and then released Wind Waker. Sometimes, these things just happen.

        • Godmars

          Ugh, Nintendo. Bad enough they repeated the exact same Zelda mistake with the WiiU, but its looking like the best we’re going to get is a DW clone.

          Granted, it actually looks good, for a DW clone, manages to do a few new things, but its still a DW clone.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Why are some people so upset about Hyrule Warriors? It’s just something to hold things over until the actual Zelda game arrives. I mean, it’s not like it’s a bad thing that they’re experimenting with more genres, is it?

          • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

            They don’t realize Zelda is a brand, like Mario or Pokemon, because it hasn’t been used as much.

          • David García Abril

            And that’s why it’s so upsetting.

            Zelda wasn’t milked as a brand like Mario and Pokémon, and that made the series feel more dignified.

            Now with this game it looks like that’s over…

          • Godmars

            I for one am not upset about. Would buy the game if I owned a WiiU. Its just odd that Nintendo showed off a high concept video, yet the next time a new Zelda game is mentioned its not only “just a” DW clone, but being done by a 3rd party?

          • David García Abril

            There’s no way of explaining that without offending some fans of the “Warriors” franchise, so I think it’s better left unanswered…

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      Also it was very much a product of its time culturally. It’s swimming with 90s stuff – the cyberpunk aspects, the existential angst, the whole grunge-future aesthetic, the fact that the main characters start out the game as LITERAL TERRORISTS…

  • Guest

    I would rather take a Crisis Core HD game.

  • Kenny Loh

    well just stop talk about this FFVII remake if you not sure about to make one, fuck, just focus on FFXV now, that game take like forever already. Just don’t let everyone insult SE now is a smartphone developers.

  • Anthony Hayball

    I honestly don’t feel exited for it anymore.

    • kaotron

      Yeah, after the horrible 13-trilogy, I just want then to focus on XV and kh3.

  • echokanon

    a lot = XV

  • Masa

    looking at FF7′s huge world and all them locations…..the game would take a long time to create in today’s graphics, heck i suppose the same can be said of most of the old FF titles….would love to see it though.

  • SerChief

    FFVII remake? not interested anymore; much more interested in FF12 HD treatment. Would love it very much as I don’t have a PS2 anymore…

  • DrakeClawfang

    Remake of one of the most famous JRPGs of all time that fans worldwide would buy? Not a priority, the company has its hands full whoring out Lightning, planning to whore out Noctis, and making half-assed smartphone ports.

  • Anewme…Again

    When they showed the tech demo at the beginning of the PS3 life, i sure would have loved to play a remake back then, but now i don’t really care for a remake anymore.

  • Randgriz

    Id rather see them do something with Agnis Philosophy…

  • cloudcaelum

    Wanna see Tifa PS4 quality with jiggy boobs. :P

    But dam rescue Tifa scenes scares me…

  • easter

    Didn’t the team that made 12 disband? At least Matsuno had enough of Squeenix’s bullshit and left. An HD touchup of 12 (and on Vita, please) would make the most sense, and I’d preorder in a heartbeat.

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Honestly as great of a game FF7 was, they should just leave it as it is and move on to something new. FF7 already received enough love from them as it is with the compilation of FF7(even though some of them were hit or miss, i personally loved Crisis Core). Not to mention the various cameos the FF7 cast had in the KH series.

  • ZetaSiren

    As often as people complain about how final fantasy 7 is overrated, it’s actually a really addicting game and after playing as Soldier class lightning in Lightning returns it really makes you want a final fantasy seven remake. I still think it would be awesome. You could even make the battle system different that way its like a whole new gameplay experience and not just the same game with 1080p visuals.

  • Izzeltrioum

    Whatever happened to those amazing Quintet Jrpgs (Gaia series). Just unforgivable for Enix to ditch them out.

    Give me my Terranigma HD sprite-based REMAKE instead.

  • ZEROthefirst

    I know I’ll get a lot of flak for this but I honestly don’t like FFVII. Out of FF1-9 it’s my least favorite entry (I haven’t played 10-13 because they don’t look good to me and anytime I hear people talking about them it’s nothing but full on complaints). I’m not saying it’s a bad game, but in my honest opinion I think that 7 is one of the weaker entries in the series and one of the only amazing thing about it was it visuals for the time.

    Like a lot of people have said below though the game should just be left alone. People have extremely high expectations for the game if it gets a remake. The visuals wouldn’t be a problem because let’s face it, Square Enix knows how to make their games look pretty, but the gameplay is another thing. It would pretty much have to be completely re-done and it would need to be done in a manner that would gain praise. Because of all the attention that 7 gets Square Enix would need to put 300% worth of attention to please the fans and critics who will go bat shit insane if it’s not to their liking.

    It will probably end up like the Smash series. Some will prefer the older version (Melee) and some will prefer the newer (Brawl). The only thing about a 7 remake is there will be much more buzz going around if people don’t think it’s as good as their “masterpiece.”

  • Saphiren

    Don’t look to the past. Keep moving forward.

  • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

    This again.. ugh…

    8 was my fave but Im biased since it was the first one I played start-to-finish, and as much as I like 8, even I dont want a remake for it. I still pop in the old PS discs into my PS3 for another round from time to time; it never gets old.

    I wouldn’t want a remake for 7 or even 8 at this point because the team that could make it happen as good as it was back then just simply isn’t around anymore. Today’s team making a remake i have little faith in ‘remaking’ such classic(s) without &^%$’ing them up.

  • Rake

    I still wonder why people want a complete remake of a game such as FF VII. Considering how XIII-1 and XV the development gone into them, VII would take more than 10 years to make.. It was a game of it’s time and deserves to stay in that time. If VII ever gets a remake, let another developer be in charge of remaking it, SE needs to go on forth with completing FF XV and KH III. And make new Final Fantasy titles in the future.

    I would prefer a XII HD port similar to FF X | X-2. Also a HD Port of Crisis Core for the Vita wouldn’t seem bad (Considering SONY won’t upload the game to PSN and I want to re-play it oh so bad since my PSP died.) Even a Dirge Of Cerberus I would be okay with. And maybe LOCALIZING Type-0.

    But really.. why a full remake of the older titles.. e.e

    • kaotron

      yeah, unfortunately many of the hardcore fans who just want to see an hd version of this game just dont understand the process and the amount of time and money to remake something that should stay a classic.

      if they really cared about ff7 then they’d understand that it should be left alone. But enix is at fault just as much as the annoying hardcore fans because they trolled them with the “F7 demo trailer” and tried using it as a hostage to sell their currently bad games like the 13 trilogy…

      • Rake

        Exactly. Games such as IV, VI, VII, VIII, and IX should be left alone. They were part of a major generation of RPGs and should be left in that generation, not bought to the new one. And it sure does take time nad money. Look how XV looks. It really does look like SE is putting all the work they can into that game, a NEW title (But I’m afraid XV maybe a fluk.. I have a bad feeling about it.) SE needs to put time and money on the future, not the past.

        And I’ve never seen the VII Tech Demo. Although regarding to the XIII series, I’m part of the minority who likes XIII-1, the rest went downhill for me.

        • Slickyslacker

          Honestly, the VII tech demo didn’t even look that spectacular: it was using launch-title PS3 graphics, which weren’t all that impressive. Of course, it was great to see the game brought into HD, if only the opening. Still, it was pretty bland.

        • kaotron

          Yeah, I’m a fan of kingdom hearts and twewy(and I’m also waiting for xv) so it was kinda annoying that so much was invested into making the 13 series.

          I was one of those people that bought a ps3 a long time ago expecting ffXV of kingdom heart3 to come out some time later this gen but the only thing they made was the 13 trilogy.

        • Aoshi00

          This is the comparison video putting the original intro and PS3 tech demo side by side. And if you’ve played Crisis Core or seen Adventure Children, it’s not hard to imagine what an HD remake of FF7 would look like.. at the time when all these came out, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for fans to want to see a full HD remake.. part of me still want it, but w/ the current S-E, I’m not as confident anymore, it would still be cool though right.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVAs5B-BMB8

      • David García Abril

        The FF VII demo trailer came out almost 8 years ago, and Square has been saying ever since that that was all it was: a demo. They were not doing a remake.

        However, the fans have been demanding it all this time, again and again.

        I think the fans fault faaaaar outweighs the fault of Square Enix at this point.

        • kaotron

          yeah, I guess the whole demo trailer was just a cock tease to hype the fans but it was still kinda a dick move by square(just like showing the trailer of versus/xv way too early back in ’06).

          I have friends who really like ff7, so I recently played it for the first time to see what the fuss was all about all I saw was lego blocks worth of pixals(the game really didnt age well). I think ff7 was a good game of its time but honestly, it gets way more praise then it deserves.

          I think the fans should take an unbiased look at ff7 once and see it for what it is, an overrated rpg.

          Even if a miracle happens and square decides to remake this game it will never live up to the expectations.

          • David García Abril

            You think FF7 is overrated just because of its graphics didn’t age well?

            Then you didn’t pay much attention to why the game got its praise in the first place.

          • kaotron

            no, ff7 being overrated and not aging well are two different things. I guess I just didnt like it because I was expecting something unrealistically good and got a simple rpg with a story that was ruined by internet meme spoilers.

  • Happy Gamer

    Ahh such a monumental RPG in terms of…how it was alot of people’s first RPG. I am in the older generation and have been playing RPGs period well before FF 7, but I remember everytime I wanted to share my experience, people would be like

    “what is this? this is boring, you have any other games?”

    but FF was different. It was flashy, 3d<—biggie at the time etc. Non RPG players flocked to it at the time.

    I remember waiting for the game shifting thru magazines all the time. Went to Rhino Video Games and saw the demo running. They just popped it in, and I was the first person to play it, even before the workers, because they weren't into RPGs and thought it was some random RPG they were told by the manager to to run it on TV.

    Everyone gathered around me, the workers and all and watched the Leviathan Summon over and over again. Good times.

    I gave my controller to a random kid, hurried to the game shelf, snatched TOBAL NO.1 (hahahaha) and went home.

    Played the demo over and over, and surprisingly, TOBAL NO.1 was a very decent game as well and played it with my lil brother tons.

    Good times…good times…

  • theoriginaled

    Square enix will never remake the game, and I hope they dont. The expectations are so astronomical the end result could never match up. It would ruin them and it would ruin the game. I continue to contend that the worst part about Final Fantasy (specifically) and Square Enix (in general) are its fans.

  • Yan Zhao

    Why do he need to be “motivated” when all they’re really doing is enhancing visuals to match current gen? The game’s design and systems are all in place already. It shouldnt be that difficult. Most of the money would go to artists and 3D modellers/animators. Plus programmers to make them work on PS3/PS4. You dont need anything else. Besides he directed the original. He should know the game from ground up.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      That isn’t the case at all. For starters, he directed the game back in 1997, more than ten years ago. Since then, he’s worked on dozens of projects.

      Beyond that, though, there are several instances in FFVII that wouldn’t work today, such as the cross-dressing scene and a lot of the other goofy stuff, which is commonly referenced whenever this argument comes up.

      A lot of the game would need to be remade in its entirety, even if the goal was simply to match the nostalgia people have for it. That’s far easier said than done, because selective memory is a powerful thing, and you’re never going to please everyone. Figuring out what to leave in, what to take out and what to adjust would drive anyone crazy.

      • Shippoyasha

        I don’t see why the cross dressing scene won’t work though. Maybe some of the goofy Lego block men charm helped during its day but I really hope they don’t take the goofy moments out. The context for the entire scene does still make sense even today. I suppose the burly men massage part might come across as too strange in much higher resolution with modern character modeling but if they do a remake, I hope they challenge themselves to pull off the comedic aspects of the game and not shy away from it.

        • Godmars

          Different moral standards and the stir it would bring up for one.

          Another is that Square just doesn’t do goofy any more. Even with FF15, despite the thing with the soup, everyone is dressed in black or serious colors.

          • Shippoyasha

            Well, I am guessing brothels are still something that can easily be understood as are shady ‘massage parlors’. It’s not like the current world doesn’t know what they are.

            I do agree, they may as well do the safe route and make it dour and serious only. But I think they should pay proper homage to the sillier moments in FF7 that really gave it that extra kick and storytelling variety.

      • Yan Zhao

        What exactly is wrong with the cross-dressing scene and why wouldnt it work today? I thought it was hilarious.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Because it would seem pretty stupid/unconvincing when you’re doing it with realistically proportioned character models. There’s just no way to make that happen, even with Cloud looking as effeminate as he does in Advent Children.

          • Yan Zhao

            That would be part of the humor though, lol.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            See, that’s just it. I don’t think that humour would work very well at all now, because in the original game, the chibi character models were part of the humour. It had an easier time being funny/amusing than it did serious. The seriousness came thanks largely to the soundtrack.

  • Slickyslacker

    As someone that has poured hours into thinking about the prospect of remaking VII, I’m glad to see Kitase finally delineate reasonable causes for the project not happening; I suppose they’ve surmounted the “until we create a greater game” ultimatum. Supporting development for the PS4, probably XBone as well, and perhaps even PC would surely be a financial strain, and though it’s not necessarily that they’re without sufficient funds, it’s that they don’t want to invest the required monetary resources for it. I’m further gladdened by Kitase doubting himself in this matter, stating that even he, himself wouldn’t be prepared at the moment to contribute to this project, and understandably so.

    On the same hand, I would be relatively concerned about them possibly messing it up: removing Wall Street, using Cloud’s Dissidia design instead of remaking his original model. One of my most recent speculations during my bouts of thought was about how they would handle the you-know-what of you-know-who. Even in Japan, the original Danganronpa was censored for such scenes, though only slightly: red became an odd hue of lavender in those cathartic screenshots. Even when designing something congruous with modern standards, I still wouldn’t expect them to add blood – as unrealistic as that sounds. Finally, I would like to see them revive the possibility of surveying their fanbase, as Kitase suggested he would want to do in the past: such an event would probably be Japan-exclusive, but would still provide serviceable results notwithstanding. Needless to say, however, I would surely still love the finished product to death.

    Of the three developed for the PSX, VII is the most graphically poor: while groundbreaking for its time as a flagship 3D game, it’s aesthetically quite deficient. VIII and IX are extremely more pleasing in this regard, and even offered more pleasing camera perspectives. Which is another concern of mine: how would the POV be handled? Imagining the game in first-person, though slightly zoomed out isn’t so difficult, but that isn’t to say that would be a good idea. I wouldn’t want the PS1-era third-person to return, and I doubt that it would, given the graphical quality that this remake would be possessive of; something like the POV of the newest MGS games seems good to me.

    Remastering XII doesn’t sound like a bad idea. XII and (the original) X/X-2 are exceedingly similar aesthetically, and it would be lovely if XII could be remastered in HD as well.

  • NRool

    Whilst not HD, I’d certainly like to see a Final Fantasy 3 (PSP/DS upgrade) style upgrade done to Final Fantasy 2, 5 or 6.

    I think 6 would be the most popular, but personally I favor 5 for it’s lighthearted tone and wonky humor, not to mention the Job system.
    2 has a lot of awful battle mechanic choices, but that could be remedied with a remake.

  • Bojan Njegomir

    I would definetly like to see this. Come back to the roots of FF, with improved graphics, battle, voice acting, music and everything else. Now, if they are capable of doing it…i don’t know. But if this is something that would put SE back on the right path, i’am in.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    how about a Brave fencer Musashi remake?/reboot

  • harmonyworld

    Well they can push out more FF13 games, doing this should be a piece of cake.
    The story, gameplay, and the characters are already there, just need new graphics and a world and I know they can do that.
    Sure it’d take time, but any game would.
    Just feels like they’re bullshittin’ because they don’t want to do it, which is fine I guess.
    But fans want it, and after advent children, it’d be in a form that new fans can be used to.
    But then you could argue if they do this, then they have to do 8 and 9 too!
    I mean, they’ve basically done all the previous ones on ds or psp, so why not?

  • Suzaku

    I’d rather just see an enhanced port with some updated graphics, new content, and a fresh translation. Though, even that would be a pretty huge undertaking, considering the vast amounts of pre-rendered scenery used in the original game.

    I honestly don’t know if there’s a way they could make a remake truly live up to the nostalgia of the original. It’s probably best if they just keep working on new titles.

  • dboyz

    Meanwhile FFtype-0 ………

  • Brion Valkerion

    Most don’t even consider the amount of money this project would take. Even if they did pre-render everything again to make it exactly like the original, that alone is a massive undertaking. 7-9 are huge games, heck so is 4-6, but remaking them on current (PS4 level) hardware is a crap ton of money that SE knows it cannot manage properly.

    The story, music, and characters may be done and good to go, but literally everything else would have to be made ground up. They basically would be making a new game in everything but title.

    • Chip

      I question this concept sometimes. Has anyone actually taken the time to count scene-for-scene how many locations and individual characters are in VII compared to say, XIII?

      Most people seem to parrot this reason, dare I say, excuse even, without actually providing any sort of data.

  • Zangetsu777

    I’d rather see them finish the FF7 compilation before any thought of remaking the original. Let’s not forget this happened.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Z3B189cFE

    And SE has left the story alone ever since.

    • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

      You really want more games in the vein of Dirge of Cerberus?

  • http://LevelUpGeneration.blogspot.com/ KALiverin

    Don’t remake it. The fanboys won’t be happy regardless of what they do with it. This isn’t like any other Final Fantasy remake where people were generally happy when they were announced. Regardless of what they did with an FFVII remake, fanboys would have a meltdown over it.

    Anyways, I don’t see why an FFVII remake desperately needs to be this huge, ambitious project. They don’t need to massively update the game or put it on PS4 with a huge world and amazing graphics. If they’re going to remake it, put it on 3DS or Vita. The fanboys would flip out, but I doubt the majority of Final Fantasy fans would care, just as long as they were getting it. It’s not like Square-Enix never remade any of their Playstation games for portable platforms before, so I don’t see why they couldn’t do a good FFVII remake for them. After all, that’s where much of their Japanese audience seems to have migrated to, and if it keeps them from inflating their budget beyond realistic expectations, I’m all for it.

  • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

    If the game is so great, why does it need to be remade? Graphics? The graphics looked pretty stupid back then, too. 3D was in its infancy and everything looked terrible.

    • Wiccan1109

      FF7 has a badly translated script, no voice overs but has had its world and characters reimagined in to a modern iteration. Basically its had everything BUT the remake. The new characters we see in compilation are not who we went through the game with (for better or worse) and there are some who want to see how that plays out.

      SE has had a hard time getting anything beyond mixed reviews ever since XII, and the series is still coasting on the popularity and/or financial success of FF1~FF11. A lot of this continued success has been because they handpick specific titles that are popular or easy to work on and then port/remake/remaster to keep them in circulation within a business that outgrows its standards every 2-3 years.

      Its a 17 year old game and I don’t think this is about the game being amazing by todays standards. It’s more about fans believing (from what i gather) that the story has a greater potential than it did back then by being revisited and given the technological and aesthetic makeover that is a modern standard for newer FF games. I believe people want to see the games summons and limits in HD. They want a battle system that could challenge them. They want to see Steve Burton’s Cloud and Rachel Leigh Cooks Tifa. They want to explore HD Midgard and view the world from a different point of view than SE could have presented 17 years ago.

      Remakes are something that all fiction is subject to if popular enough. Fans can kick and scream all they like about ruining the originals but our grandkids arent gonna be downloading FF7 off PSN, because it looks so damn ugly and isn’t relevant to them as gamers. SE is keeping Final Fantasy alive, though it is a struggle, they are still trying to surpass FF7′s fame but haven’t been able to give the fans anything of that quality. Even if they do, I say theres no harm in keeping these classics relevant but also no need to rush them. It’s a charming story and i hope that 50 years from now it will still be there, still relevant and kids will still be playing it.

      • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

        Holy crap you want it rebuilt from the ground up? With voice acting? That’s a completely different game.

        You remind me of the guy who wants Super Metroid redone in HD with surround sound. That game, in my opinion, is classic. No one can go back and revolutionize the graphics or sound to deliver a considerably better experience.

        Final Fantasy VII should be that good. If it’s not, it doesn’t deserve to be ranked as a classic. It shouldn’t disappoint your grandkids. It should be relevant and beautiful, even if it’s hard to grasp at first. FF7 was praised as being the best video game ever, and if it’s seriously that good, no amount of years should rob it of its crown. If it was the best game ever made, people should have laughed at the tech demo as a futile effort.

        It should receive the same backlash as remaking Pac-Man. Its fans should claim that there would only ever be marginal improvements. Classics are made to last. That’s why people ridicule modern-day re-tellings of Shakespeare, and a chess video game isn’t any more enjoyable than playing it on a board.

        “Keeping the classics relevant” is an exercise in futility.

        • Wiccan1109

          Aha, I didn’t say I wanted it. :3 However I completely understand why so many fans and gaming websites keep pushing this question and what it is they want from SE with this game. When i saw your post about graphics, i thought perhaps you think people just wanted HD texture super deformed but every message board or forum ive been to the past 5 years indicates otherwise.

          Modern reimaginations are always met with less than favorable reviews compared to the original thing but it is simply what companies do, be it for money, giving in to fan demand, clinging to the dredges of popularity or the need for media attention.

          If we’re talking about my feeling here and what /I/ want, id just still like the game to be talked about 50 years from now and still being played. Hopefully along with the rest of the FF series. Sadly however, i can not convince younger friends to give it a shot as they deem it simply too ugly to try. I didn’t actually like Advent Children or the compilation as it quite soured my opinions of the characters i liked, but im under no veil as to what it is people are asking for and I try to keep bias out of my posts on this website as people are so easily offended. :3

  • karasuKumo

    It wont happen for a long time if it does. Even then I’m almost guaranteed it will be on handhelds unless Square are in a position to dedicate the 5+ years it would take to remake it for next gen consoles. I hate to say it but VII’s battle system is horribly outdated too so I don’t know how they’d deal with that.

  • transferstudentx

    meh dont care anymore the hype is dead its your lose SE

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Any Final Fantasy remake is good in my book. As long as they don’t cut corners or censor the script (Lunar psp), I’m happy. VII and VIII are the 2 most visually diverse games in the series (from modern towns, to futuristic cities), so I would love to see those with HD graphics. But of all games I want to be remade ground up (not HD remix), I want V. It needs it’s time to shine, truly an overlooked masterpiece.

    • RoyalR R.M

      That not going to happen any time soon.
      They need the old staff to achieved that.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        I’m not holding my breath for any remake. If it happens, it’s a guarantee purchase from me. I’d rather have new titles (new ip or existing) than a nostalgic face-lift, but I think V is truly overlooked (as everybody I know who played it agrees that it’s one of the best), and a remake, regardless of what current/next Gen device (not mobile) would remedy that. Everybody praises III for the job system, but V did it WAY BETTER, yet it gets no praise for it, even among hard-core FF fans

        • http://gentlerobot.com/ Gentle Robot

          Pretty sure it was the only thing it got praise for

  • RoyalR R.M

    I rather have FF XII HD instead. Because most of people going to be complain about how they mess up a remake. That what happen when you keep begging.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    XII HD?! Are you fucking kidding me,that game was shit!FF VII remake for the win!

  • http://radiantloki.blogspot.com/ Mark Dinh

    I would love a Final Fantasy XII remake! God, if I could play that on my Vita, I’m set for life. >-<

  • 1Truth

    The best thing about this news is that Kitase confirms that the FFXII team still exists. Hopefully, this means Hiroyuki Ito will direct the next mainline FF by that team, as he took over when Yasumi Matsuno left.

    Honestly, I thought the FFXII were disbanded after FFXII IZJS was released in 2007, but it seems I was wrong. It looks like people were right to believe Tactics Ogre PSP was made by the FFXII team. Fantastic news! :)

  • Richard N

    They should remake VI instead. Anyone? Anyone?

    • leingod

      VI is pretty awesome, too :D

    • HonoraryCMC

      Technically they did. Quite a while ago. The GBA port was the updated version of VI. And didn’t they just release it/going to release if for IOS too?

      • Richard N

        Yeah they ported it several times, but an actual like remake? I just always felt it was unfair to VI when they actually remade IV a billion times.

  • leingod

    I know hating on FFVII is the “hip” thing to do right now, but I don’t care. I’d love a remake using the current tech and battle systems.

  • Ixbran

    Please just let FFVII die, so you can work on more important things, like making something new, or, I dunno, finish FFXV!

  • HonoraryCMC

    I don’t get it. I really don’t. I see why they don’t want to remake VII, its perceived as the best in the franchise with only VI being its competition among the fan base (or that’s what the louder fans say) and making a remake just for the money would be like admitting the franchise is dead. But why did they jump over 2 other games? seriously, they remade Final Fantasy 1-6, have made it clear they will not remake VII for the time being, but they jump straight to X after that? Ok its another one of the more popular titles, but what the hell happened to VIII and IX? Why don’t they deserve even a mention when it comes to a remake? IX is my favorite of the franchise (unless bravely default counts), and I would love to see it remade, and would even appreciate it if VIII got remade. If they want to focus on new games that’s fine. If they don’t want to remake a game because they feel it’s admitting an end or they feel its to big a project when compared to the fans expectations, that’s fine. But to skip over 2 games and move on to X without saying anything and I want an explination.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Ok its another one of the more popular titles, but what the hell happened to VIII and IX? Why don’t they deserve even a mention when it comes to a remake?

      Because VIII and IX would require actual “remakes” as opposed to a “remaster,” which is what FFX HD is. The amount of work that goes into a remake is far higher than uprezzing assets to HD while keeping the rest of the game intact.

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    For god’s sake, just release an up-res’d port with remastered background art and character models and be done with it. You don’t need to make a whole new game – in fact, please don’t.

    As for FF12, I would sure like to get a Vita port of that – preferably the International Zodiac Job System edition, or whatever it’s called, that we ‘Murricans never got.

  • Chip

    Honestly at this point, I’d like the remake just for a consistent visual experience when playing the games in canon-chronological order. Its a jaring jump moving from Crisis Core to VII, then back to AC/DoC.

  • RunningWild1984

    Do we really want a FFVII remake with ugly ass Advent Children looking models?

    A FFVII remake should look SUPER ANIME. and cell shaded, so it looks like that one OVA.

    • Chip

      Your definition of “We” is rather inappropriate. Unless you are royalty or The Borg Collective…

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Why would it look cell chaded? Nothing about ff7 was cell shaded, itdidnt have anime cutscenes.If anything it would have KH like graphics.

  • JoJo_718

    Be careful with what you wish people, you may just get it and be disappointed as usual with Square these recent years or not get it at all until 8 (maybe 9) years after it’s original announcement, better forget about it, or if you want to play it so bad, it’s on Steam or PSN.

  • Ronldbx6

    Oh stop being a p$%%^ and just do it. It’s not like it’s impossible and the fans want it. I’m pretty sure the pay-off will greatly surpass the budget.

  • Luis Es.

    There’s a lot of comments on this and maybe the answer to my question is in one of them but what exactly would take such headaches to remake ff7? They already have all of the story/setting/music/characters and what not so wouldn’t they just have to work on making the game look pretty from scratch? And they already know how to make pretty games. So is this really as hard as they’re saying or are they just being lazy /not wanting to go back and just want to move forward?

    • Chip

      Final Fantasy VII is known for the first game in the series to use pre-rendered backgrounds to emulate a 3D location. When you move your character, its the video game equivalent of an actor moving against a green screen.

      That sort of thing would not fly in a modern game. The ‘block’claimed here is it would take a lot more time to fully render VII’s large environments in real time. Unlike say XIII, which are just single-themed locations reusing a ton of similar attributes, each location in VII is unique.

      • Luis Es.

        Ahh I see thanks for the answer. But having nice unique locations in an open world is part of what’s good about the game. That’s sad that that is one of the reasons holding this back. That probably means they wont be doing an open world game with unique locations ever in the future with current gen graphics for the same reasons they’re not doing it for the remake of any of the FF games.

        • Chip

          There are other issues compounding it though. Fan expectation, availability, so-on-so-forth. There’s a theory that the higher up execs fear this remake idea to be a double edged sword at the moment. If it does it well, it makes it look bad that their first success in a long while is due to working on past success, and makes them look incapable of creating new content worthy of past fame. If it does poorly, it means that even with a winning formula, they can’t do it right.

          They can view themselves as screwed either way.

          • Luis Es.

            That’s pretty lame. Bravely default is FF in all but name and it’s doing well or at least not bad. So if they could bring a game like that to home console with current gen graphics would be nice. I wonder why it takes them so long to make games while other people that make really nice current gen games don’t take 10 years like square.

          • Chip

            XV’s delays are a combination of delays caused by XIV, the emergence of a new game engine, unknown internal politics, and many other aspects. There are multiple teams within Square, and even those may be working with other companies. Bravely was handled by an outsourced team supervised by Square.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            The thing is, the people that play FF now aren’t necessarily the ones that play Bravely Default. FF is a game aimed largely at a teen audience. Bravely Default targets older players.

          • Luis Es.

            Where did you get that information? Bravely default is pretty much like the older FF games… And bravely default is very cartoonnish looking and they even changed some of the costumes correct? I doubt older people would honestly find it offensive where they’d care about a little cartoon girl wearing a bathingsuit top. But yeah i’d think Bravely default is aimed towards a younger crowd then the current Ff games or at least the same age group.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            I know the art style can be deceptive, but yeah, Asano has said that Bravely Default’s audience in Japan is a lot of people in their 30s.

            Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light (which Asano worked on prior to BD) had an average player age of 30. With Bravely Default, that increased to 32.

            (You can read about this here: http://bit.ly/1fdgoFH)

            In Bravely Default’s case, despite the art style—which does more to turn off younger players than older ones, believe it or not—the game itself is a “forward-thinking oldschool RPG”. It appeals to people that remember and care more for the depth of oldschool Final Fantasy games rather than the flashy cinematic approach of the newer ones.

  • DriftSlave

    FFVII Remake….what SE wants to do is make it like Advent Children/FFXV, what fans what is it to be FFVII(turn base and all) with Advent Children visuals. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place…Either way…your pissing off half the fanbase regardless….

    You guys can whine about how SE used to be good while I play Lightning Returns, stay free.

  • Laphir

    The moment an old main number Final Fantasy is remade, the entire (or most) fanbase from other main number FF will be roaring in outrage and demand that theirs be remade as well. A remake or remaster of FFVII is cool and all but it’ll make a huge negative impact on the entire FF community. (imo)

  • Jumbokitty724

    You would think with all the immense interest in a remake that they would go ahead and just do it already. People are clamouring for a traditional Final fantasy since the recent ones ( as is popular opinion) were just subpar. I think they should just go for it, they keep churning out remakes of other games. Why not the one everyone has been asking for for ages? Just doesn’t make sense. A remake would be awesome but I’m not absolutely dieing to have it done.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    FF7 is my favorite game, I dont want to see them butcher it with a crappy remake.They are too obsessed with making cloud more Emo then he was( he wasnt really).
    I do not want a remake.

    • Chip

      Why would they butcher it with a pointless retcon?

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Look at Dissidia, KH and Advent children..They keep making him like that

        • Chip

          The “Moody Cloud” suits the roles he’s meant to play in those games. They aren’t going to change the original game script though. They had no problem making Cloud extremely cheerful in VII. All those other ones are based on his post-game personality, who has every right to be moody.

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Part of FF7′s end was that he was getting over things and wasnt all moody, the back tracked that. Also see Crisis Core, it’s full of retcons

          • Chip

            No. Cloud specifically said that they couldn’t stop and let Aerith’s death hold them back. He was pushing the feelings aside in order to deal with the situation at hand. He was never given time to properly resolve his issues.

            Non of the retcons retroactively interfere with VII’s continuity. Genesis is dormant after Crisis Core. The events still add up.

    • Chip

      Why would they butcher it with a pointless retcon?

  • Kazekage Gaara

    …all aboard the hype train (o.o)/

  • KingxKing

    fuck vii, bring me that xii hd !!

  • AkiraScare

    Heard about a Remake when i was a lad… Im old and haven’t seen anything (-_-)

    • Masa

      lol!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    At this point, SE will replace Tifa with Lightning or something horrid.

  • Seven of The Scions

    I’m sick of the FFVII fanboys…
    Not long ago they screaming and crying all over FFVII remake…

    And look at that now, it’s ULTIMA FACEPALM, LOL

    I’m fine either they want to remake it or not.
    If it’s good then I’ll play it, if not, i wouldn’s waste my time and my money, lol

  • http://zysets.tumblr.com/ Zysets

    Didn’t they already say this some time ago? I remember there being another interveiw where someone from Square Enix says that they wouldn’t deny the possibility, but they’d rather try to make games that surpass VII.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu (& Spyke)

      Which I still agree with. But you know, got have other producers publish that “they won’t deny the possibility” to keep the fans buzzing. Typical corporate routine.

  • sharpshot909

    Screw FFVII remake. Give me a FFIX remake.

    • megaten666

      Finally, someone!!! :(

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

      No gracias :V

      • sharpshot909

        Porque?

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

          IX es mi menos favorito de la PS One :V

          Subjetividad a un lado, si VII no tuviese un remake, ¿por que VIII o IX lo tendrian primero? :V

  • artemisthemp

    Put a Kickstarter up for Final Fantasy VII HD version to PS4 and see it reach a lot of Cash very fast

  • isotrex

    Oh yeah, and while they’re at it they could make FFVII-2, FFVII- Cloud Returns or heck even FFVII-Aerith Returns whichever they prefer. hahaha.

    Honestly, I think it’s fine. Or I’m just scared they might butcher this remake. I’m still doubtful. Don’t get me wrong. DmC and Tomb Raider remake/reboots were good. I’m just scared that one of my favorite game would get violated. hahaha.

    • KingNigma

      I don’t think anyone is expecting them to reboot the VII franchise altogether which is what was done with DmC and TR. Doing so wouldn’t make much sense since they could use the fresh new ideas for an all new FF instead.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Marimo-Head 海賊狩りのゾロ Roronoa Zoro

    He said he needs time, a staff, a desire and money to remake it right? Hmm, that’s funny. And yet, Square-Enix has the time, desire (?), staff and
    money to pump two, count ‘em, TWO sequels to the SH!T!EST FF game ever? (even sh!tier than the FF XIV ver 1.0)

    I just don’t get it with Japanese devs. Naughty Dog does 4 amazing
    games in a generation, Suckerpunch does 2. Plus all that’s been done for
    PC, Bethesda does 2 Fallouts and Skyrim, and yet these mofos can’t
    churn out an VII remake? It’s actually laughable. This is why I’m starting to despise SE as a company. They’ve went from the top of my list to a bunch of overgrown whinging sub-par lazy gits who want to make shitty adaptations to their pretty-in-pink waifu.

    It’ll cost money, time & resources? Well I never… Just stop making excuses and get on with it! You may as well give up on being a company as that costs money, time & resources too.

    Rant over.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Who said they have the desire? As far as I can tell, Kitase just said he has no desire to do it.

      • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Marimo-Head 海賊狩りのゾロ Roronoa Zoro

        That’s why I put the (?).

        “I can honestly tell you I would love to do that,” he said.

        “Even if I “casually” say I would like to do that, because it would be a
        huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really
        am prepared to take on this huge responsibility,” he said.

        So in one sentence he’s saying he’d love to do it but then in another he states even if he would he’d have to motivate himself to a level of taking on such a task. So he’s practically saying yes, but not really?

        It’s honestly these interviews that cause the fanbase to go off on a rage. They should either come clean and just say “Look, we’re gonna do this thing. Just bear with us” or simply state “No. We have no intentions of doing this remake ever.” to put the whole thing to bed.

        All these yes, maybe’s and no’s are becoming boring.

  • Hector Velar

    just let it die. if you guys can’t nolonger bring a decent Final Fantasy game how can you make a good remake of a good game without messing it up? continue with the mobile games, others will release good quality jprpgs. R.I.P SE nice knowing you.

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

    I think VII remake is labeled as a back up project and will be greenlighted when rough times hit the company.

    Im personally glad they are not wasting looooots and lots of efforts on a remake that may or may not please the nostalgic needs of a large fanbase.

  • http://guillotineghosties.tumblr.com Ghosties

    It’ll happen when they’re in Nintendo’s situation.
    FFVII is their trump card.

  • whatinthewolrd

    fuck a FFVII remake. Make that FF12 HD asap

  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    People still want a FF7 remake, and will then complain about changes to the art and game. Why not just replay FF7?

    • the0nly0ne

      It needs to be done right, like the HD remake of Final Fantasy X. Exactly the same game, but better graphics. Only, in the case of Final Fantasy VII, it would be much, much better graphics and higher quality music.

      • the0nly0ne

        A remake would be necessary because of the extreme differences in modern HD and what FF7 was at the time, but it should be thought of as a remaster.

  • Raserengan

    FF VII remake on PS3 i can imagine that

  • Deathsight

    If they are going to make it they should make the characters look exactly the same physically especially Tifa but in HD

  • the0nly0ne

    Someone please tell Yoshinori Kitase to use KickStarter. Everyone who enjoyed Final Fantasy 7 growing up are now adults earning real wages and would back it with some solid funds. I know I would contribute quite a lot to see this happen. And don’t give me that BS of having a job means there’s no time to play. This would be huge not only for Yoshinori, but for the countless fans. I’ve got a month of vacation time already saved up waiting to play it.

  • Sydney Losstarot

    Why don’t they make various games in the Final Fantasy VII universe that use remade PS4/Xbox1 quality content from the original game and then ultimately use the content made from the new original Final Fantasy VII series to remake the original game?

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