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

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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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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.