Final Fantasy VII Remake Would Be “Huge Responsibility”

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Ever since Square Enix released a tech demo of the opening scene of Final Fantasy VII to show off the graphical capabilities of the PS3 at E3 2005, fans have tried everything they can to get a full remake of the game.

News of a remake never came to be, and now, in an interview with Eurogamer, series producer and Final Fantasy VII director Yoshinori Kitase has spoken out about the potential of an actual remake, saying that “staff availability and budget” were the two biggest issues with making the project a reality. He went on to say:

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 then added:

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.

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  • Lord Ackercocke

    Basically some head honcho just has to give the okay. I’d personally like to play a remake of it since the original is not so pretty now.

  • Thanatos2k

    The steadfast refusal to remake FF7 is one of the only smart things
    Square has done lately. Someone over there KNOWS they are simply unable
    to make the same quality experiences anymore, and know they would ruin
    the game by remaking it.

    Thank god for that person, whoever they are.

    • Terry Torres

      I used to think that, too. An FF7 remake would require restraint and good taste that Square is currently incapable of.

      But at the same time, replaying it now, more and more I can see how a remake might work. Mechanically, everything is still sound and could stay as is. The big thing that could be improved is the script. Character arcs could be more cohesive, relationships could be more fleshed out, the games’ themes could be more subtly pervasive, particular events could seem more important.

      …But, again, if the solution is “better writing” then Square is literally the last company that should do it. It would be easier to create a parallel universe where Naughty Dog or Bioware has the rights to Final Fantasy.

    • smacd

      I agree that its a smart thing, but not for the same reasons.

      FF7 was never really a good game, and if you replay it without the rose-colored glasses you can see that it really wasn’t particularly a good game. However, no one can deny that there is a huge following and the game had a huge impact, and Square knows that no matter what they did, they’d either reveal to the fans that it wasn’t a good game and destroy that subfranchise in their eyes, or they would have to change it so much they piss off their fans who want just a modern looking version.

      The game is a behemoth, and there is no way to remake it that will not just hurt the game and probably Square as a whole. But I do expect they will make it one day- and that day is when they have failed so many times that they greenlight the game as a last ditch effort in hopes to stave off dissolving as a company.

      While objectively I understand these, the subjective opinion of mine is that the more the fanboys cry for this remake and never get it, the more entertaining it is. Their tears are delicious

    • Vallen

      I agree that for the most part its “not a good” game (going by todays standards). The graphics are not all that impressive and the dialog is cheese as hell. However, for what it was, it was definitely enjoyed and loved by many people.

      The way I see it, SE is having some serious trouble with the FF franchise. If I were them, I’d hold off on numbered titles for a while and take it easy. Meanwhile, why not do something simpler. Why not re-release FF12 in HD. Remaking a fan favorite is indeed a big task, but they have so much support. Not only are they basing the remake of a existing game, if they ask, fans will gladly provide input (in terms of ideas, kickstarter and whatever else).

      I just think its better for them to take a step back and upgrade/re-release some older tittles rather than milking 1 entry or rushing and fucking up a game only to re-release a patched version later

    • Vallen

      I agree that for the most part its “not a good” game (going by todays
      standards). The graphics are not all that impressive and the dialog is cheesy as hell. However, for what it was, it was definitely enjoyed and loved by many people.

      The way I see it, SE is having some serious trouble with the FF
      franchise. If I were them, I’d hold off on numbered titles for a while
      and take it easy. Meanwhile, why not do something simpler. Why not
      re-release FF12 in HD. Remaking a fan favorite like FF7 is indeed a big task, but they have so much support. Not only are they basing the remake of a existing game, if they ask, fans will gladly provide input (in terms of ideas, kickstarter and whatever else).

      I just think its better for them to take a step back and upgrade/re-release some older tittles rather than milking 1 entry or rushing and fucking up a game only to re-release a patched version later

    • ZigTheHunter

      Why is Final Fantasy VII not a particularly good game in your eyes? I played through most of the game fairly recently and liked it a good amount, and I only briefly played it as a kid so it wasn’t because of nostalgia. Sure its far from the best in the genre and the franchise, but the game has a fun combat system, has great music, decent pacing. Its aged poorly graphically no doubt, and easily one of the most glitchy of the FF games, and the story does get pretty convoluted, but these are all minor gripes when the combat system is fun and the story and characters are interesting enough. So I didn’t see how remaking the game would reveal how supposedly not good it is to fanboys, as if they would even notice, and there aren’t any huge changes that I see that the game even would need to be better that would upset people either.

    • Thanatos2k

      “FF7 was never really a good game”

      What a crock. FF7 was and is still a great game. Just because the graphics look awful now doesn’t mean they didn’t look revolutionary when the game came out. Plus the game is still fine.

      These historical revisionists that have popped up lately have shifted their idiocy from “FF7 is overrated” to “FF7 was never good.”

      Pure nonsense, and you should feel ashamed of your trolling.

    • smacd

      I feel no shame at having and expressing a valid opinion. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t make it trolling (if it did, I’d consider all pro-FF7 posts as trolling too. Logic and viewpoints!). The Internet is a useful too for discussion, but immediately jumping to the troll-card is just a pathetic attempt to stifle conversation you dislike. People are allowed to have and voice opinions, even if some no name person on the internet dislikes the opinion. Deal with it.

      I played FF7 when it came out, and I’ve replayed it twice since- once on a full series run and once later to see if my opinion would change with enough distance from the original release and replay. I’ve never considered it remarkable, even for its time, and I’ve never liked this game.

      I won’t deny that it had a big impact on the genre and the community, and we can discuss whether that was a good thing or not in hindsight, but I will not ever concede that the game was ever “good”. From what I’ve seen, most of the people who love FF7 had never played a JRPG (let alone an FF game) before it. Most people have an irrational love for their “first” of something, and have a difficult time seeing its flaws, which are quite numerous.

      If anyone should feel shame, its you for having no argument other than bleeting “troll” at someone who voices an opposing opinion.

    • Thanatos2k

      “I feel no shame at having and expressing a valid opinion.”

      A valid opinion that’s dumb is a dumb opinion. And claiming that FF7 “always sucked” is about as dumb as they get.

      Almost as dumb as replaying a game you claim you didn’t like twice. That’s how I *know* you’re a liar.

    • smacd

      Right, ok. You can’t even defend your position without resorting to ad hominem attacks. I won’t sink down to your level and actively insult you. Though I wouldn’t be shocked at all if FF7 was your first jRPG or FF game though, by your irrational reactions to someone who had been playing JRPGs for ten years prior to FF7s release having an opinion that FF7 was and is garbage.

      However, like I said, I’ve replayed the entire series, IN ORDER, which unfortunately included that steaming pile, FF7, back when I was in college and had more time than I had games. And like I said, I played it again a few years later to see if my opinion of the game would change with some distance.

      It’s actually similar to the scientific method- verify the results to see if they can be reproduced. If anything, it only reinforced that Final Fantasy 7 is not, and never was, a good game. I will never replay it again. There is no reason to, as I will not be replaying the entire FF series again- I have enough good games to play now that more than consumes my free time.

    • Thanatos2k

      I’m not going to put the effort in defending FF7 against some fool on the internet who is patently wrong.

      Everyone knows FF7 is a good game. Everyone has long accepted that FF7 is a good game. FF7 got great reviews when it came out. FF7 sold tons of copies because it was a good game. FF7 defined a generation of RPGs because it was a good game.

      You’re just one voice trying to rewrite history, and your reasons are nonsense.

    • smacd

      Your logic is completely flawed. Justin Beiber has sold a crap ton of music, does that mean his music is actually “good”? Of course not.

      High sales does not equate to quality. More often than not, high sales just means there was mass marketing and/or the product was designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

      Final Fantasy 7 is the Justin Beiber of JRPGs- popular with a bunch of pre-pubescent screaming fangirls, and not popular with people who understand quality. Take off the rose-colored nostalgia glasses and look at the game for what it is- a steaming pile of crap. Your first experience is memorable, but not actually that good.

    • Thanatos2k

      If sales was the only thing I stated that would be true. But it’s not just sales. Critical AND commercial acclaim, and an impact on the genre and industry that’s still being felt today.

      It’s not like suggesting Justin Beiber sucks, it’s like suggesting the Beetles suck. Anyone suggesting this should be ignored, now and forever.

    • smacd

      Which is why your opinion on the game can safely be ignored. Nothing is perfect, including the BeAtles, which definitely had several albums and lots of songs that really weren’t particularly good, despite being considered a great band. If you can’t even acknowledge that there are flaws and faults in the game, your opinion is simply invalid. It shows that you never bothered to actually pay attention enough to see both the good and the bad. Like I said, rose-colored glasses.

      And it may have had a lot of excellent reviews, but its foolish to claim that there were no negative reactions or reviews when the game came out. One would have to assume you weren’t paying attention, or were probably too young to actually have been active in the gaming community at the time. On the other side, records from the early years of the internet are fairly difficult to find, so its easy to make a stupid mistake like assuming “everyone” loved the game, which has never been the case in reality.

      Still, at this point you’ve not even once provided any shred of evidence about what made FF7 “good”, you’ve just bleeted about how “everyone” loved it and sales were high (both meaningless claims).

      I could cite dozens of reasons FF7 was garbage. For instance, the logic is flawed- why would I want to wield a giant sword when the guy next to me has a gatling gun grafted to his arm? The characters suck- Cloud is a whiney emo little bitch, and Sephiroth is some loser with mommy issues. The fan reaction is stupid- Aeris was not only not the first RPG character to perma-die, but she wasn’t even the first Final Fantasy character to do so, but fans act like it was some major groundbreaking innovation. The game also ushered in the massive over-use of CGI, and started the massive decline of the series into nothing but flash rather than quality gameplay.

      Quite frankly, the game has almost no redeeming qualities, but its lasting legacy has damaged JRPGs in general, where most of them tried to clone the success rather than come up with their own experience. And if that weren’t bad enough, the fan community around that game is probably the worst community around any game, completely unwilling to accept any criticism of the game that popped their JRPG cherry. I mean, we try to welcome noobs, but seriously its time to grow up and realize that FF7 was simultaneously very successful and very flawed at the same time. Anyone who can’t admit that, has no reason to have their opinions listened to.

    • Thanatos2k

      See, a whole wall of text and it can all be disregarded, because you just suggested that the Beatles might suck.

      No one said FF7 is a perfect game without flaws. But no credible person would suggest it sucks either.

    • smacd

      Uh yeah. a 7.5 from most reviewers is barely passable at best. You must not pay much attention to review scores if you think 7.5 qualifies as “universal acclaim”. Lower scores usually indicate the game isn’t even playable.

      And if you don’t think even the Beatles put out some garbage music, you clearly have only listened to their hits. Go dig in to their deep catalog and come back and tell me every little thing they produced was the epitome of excellence.

      You only reveal how foolish you are and how incapable you are of critical thought by claiming that there are no faults in ANY sort of product or media You have an irrational love for FF7, and its actually really sad and pathetic. I wish you luck in life, you’ll need it.

    • Thanatos2k

      Oh, now a 7.5 is a bad review. I see. You’ll say anything and twist reality to try and justify your pathetic claims.

      Give me a break. This is beyond the pale.

    • smacd

      For most reviewers and critics in gaming, yes- 7.5 is not considered a particularly good score. How you do not know this is simply amazing, but honestly not surprising since you assert that FF7 is flawless and “everyone” considers it “good”. Many reviewers have similar grading scales to the US school system, where a 75% is a middle C grade, dead-average. 50% is NOT “average”, because reviewers generally do not use the entire rating scale evenly and appropriately, there is a skew to the higher end.

      This is a problem that has been identified all over the place, for years.
      http://www.rpgamer.com/editor/2011/030711mc.html
      http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-03/ban-grading-scales-games
      http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9075638
      And the list goes on.

      Regardless, the scores themselves are mostly meaningless. Just because a game is praised by some people doesn’t mean it is “good”, because “good” is in and of itself a subjective, not objective, descriptor. You cite meaningless things like sales and reviews, and yet have no logical arguments against specific elements and arguments. So you resort to ad hominem attacks and meaningless metrics in an argument ad populum fallacy. You haven’t proved your point, and therefore you have not provided a valid argument.

    • Thanatos2k

      “For most reviewers and critics in gaming, yes- 7.5 is not considered a particularly good score.”

      Bull. Shit. Video games use a school grading scale, which puts a 7.5 as a solid C. A grade of C is not a “bad” grade. A grade of C is average. A 7.5 is an average score.

      And the lowest score FF7 got was average. Every other score was above that. So not only are you a moron for fixating on that single score and ignoring the dozens of others that proclaim FF7 an amazing game, but you can’t even evaluate that one score properly.

      You have failed in every way possible. Stop talking.

    • smacd

      So average is now considered a “good” grade, eh? Well, I’m not surprised that you tell yourself that considering all the garbage you’ve posted here. Your parents must have been so proud of your report cards.

      As for who is fixated on that score, keep in mind that you’re the one who brought it up. And just because metacritic has it as it’s lowest listed score doesn’t mean its the only low (erm, I mean “average” erm I mean “not bad”) score that was given. Metacritic is very much an incomplete source, especially going back to 1997.

      Regardless, like I said, its a logical fallacy to claim something to be true just because other people believe it to be so. Whether it is “good” or not is a subjective matter. And other than meaningless metrics, you have not provided one shred of detail about why you believe it to be “good”. You just bleet on with personal insults instead of having an intelligent discussion. Until you grow up and have try having an adult conversation, you have no chance of “winning” this discussion. You just make yourself look childish. But keep it coming, I’m rather enjoying completely destroying your pathetic arguments.

    • Thanatos2k

      I never said average is a good grade. I said it’s a grade that doesn’t “suck.” You’re now staking your ENTIRE shitty argument that FF7 has always sucked on a 7.5 review. I have never seen someone go to such lengths to feebly argue a point they’ve already lost.

      There is no “intelligent” discussion to be had with someone who claims FF7 “always sucked” since it’s clear that person has no intelligence to start with.

      You can dislike FF7 all you want, but you don’t get to pretend like it’s a bad game, or what’s actually a bad game loses all meaning. Or more likely, you have no clue what you’re talking about. I won’t be posting again. You’re clearly one of those argumentative assholes who just HAS to get the last post, so go ahead. Do it.

    • smacd

      You most definitely implied that average is “good”. FF7 received an average game, you claim “everyone” believes the game is “good” (otherwise they are a troll to be ignored). Therefore you are either claiming that a 75% is “good”, or the reviewer was a troll.

      Second, I am not basing my argument on a 7.5 review. I didn’t even bring that up. I based it on the fact that I’ve played the game several times, and in my experience, the game is a steaming pile of horse shit. I’ve also mentioned several reasons why, though those are far from the only reasons. Whereas your only argument so far is “everyone things its good, or they are a troll” (which is a logical fallacy, as I’ve pointed out), and based on a incomplete set of professional reviews and not indicative of the truth.

      As for a lack of intelligence, again that an ad hominem attack. You have no valid arguments, so you choose to personally attack me instead. Its pathetic. The problem is, deep down you know I’m right, and you’re afraid to admit it to yourself. If you went back and played the game without the rose colored glasses you got because it was your first JRPG, you’d agree with me that it really wasn’t that good, even when only compared to its contemporaries and older games.

      And I can flip that statement around too from my perspective. “You can like FF7 all you want, but you don’t get to pretend like its a good game, or what is actually a good game loses all meaning. Or more likely, you have no clue what you’re talking about.” I will get the last post. I’ve completely destroyed every shred of “argument” you have, and I will continue to every time you do respond until you come up with a valid, defend-able argument.

      I really wish one day one of you FF7 fanboys could come up with even one actual valid reason FF7 could be considered “good”. Instead you all spatter nonsense about how “everyone loves it” and other similar derp, followed with personal attacks. I’m not in this to be a dick, I just want people to verbalize for once what makes FF7 good. “Everyone says so” and review scores are meaningless arguments. Calling me names for challenging your beliefs and asking for a reason, is not what I’m asking you to do, I want a damn reason why it’s so good. My assertion is that its a bad game, based on my experience. Your argument wont change my mind, but its frustrating that none of the fans can actually justify why they are fans. If you can’t justify why you love the game, or why its good, why do you consider it good?

  • RagunaXL

    I’m about 40 hrs into a FFVII replay on psp. love it. wouldn’t mind an upgrade to make it look more like ffix. polygon count and sharper pixels. it might be a big responsibility but I feel like it IS their responsibility. rather have, FFV remake like III, IV on DS

  • Coarse

    The concerns over how expensive it would be to remake the game are the silliest things I’ve ever seen.

    All they need to do is update the pre-rendered backgrounds for HD, use a single, decent-looking 3D model for each character in all situations, and orchestrate the music.

    The fact that they’re convinced it needs to look and play like Final Fantasy XIII is the reason why Squenix is headed straight for bankruptcy.