This is why Square Enix isn't creating a Final Fantasy VII HD Remake right now

FF7 director Yoshinori Kitase talks about the challenges behind such an epic production.

Final Fantasy VII director Yoshinori Kitase, who is now series producer for the Final Fantasy franchise, has spoken about the prospect of making the highly-requested HD remake of the iconic PS1 RPG.

"I can honestly tell you I would love to do that," said Kitase in an interview with Eurogamer. "If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There's no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen."

Kitase said that "staff availability and budget" were two major barriers to remaking the 1997 classic, but he also explained that he simply wasn't motivated right now to take on the massive undertaking and responsibility of remaking one of the most beloved games of all time.

"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.

"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."

The developer added that, if a Final Fantasy VII remake were to ever happen, it would definitely be the biggest project of his entire career.

"But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I've done," Kitase concluded. "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 said that, following Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, he has no knowledge of Square Enix planning a HD remake of Final Fantasy XII, but wouldn't rule out the possibility entirely.

Square Enix is currently working on Final Fantasy XV for Xbox One and PS4.

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crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I just don't get the staff excuse. If they claimed widely appreciated titles like Hitman and Tomb Raider were "failures" and the Lightning games singlehandedly drove a lot of original fans away in droves, then maybe they should just buckle down, remake this game, maybe take a financial loss for a short while, but make it back a hundredfold within the first week of the game streeting. Get some GTA and COD style sales, or even surpass them by a country mile.

theprismhead
theprismhead

Or maybe because it wasn't even that good. FF6 was far better.

pimphand_gamer
pimphand_gamer

The problem with remaking VII is that fans over expect too much. How about a VII-2?

A sequel that continues the characters journey.

dr0siko
dr0siko

I read an article with the same subject and comments of FFVII's director a year ago. Is this a re-hash??

scottw84
scottw84

Sony are missing a treat here, this would literally sell Playstation 4's for them, they should get into talks with them about making it and help fund it.

wipeout2049
wipeout2049

If they are having storage issues, they can just cut out the music and make it DLC. It would enrage anyone who thinks music is important in games, but please everyone else otherwise.

chuonglb
chuonglb

oh I like the game has beautiful graphics so, because it is so sophisticated investor would love to play






friv | yepi | kizi

joe603
joe603

I've read through a lot comments and I agree with most of you guys.  For me, even if they just updated the graphics (like FF10) I would buy it.  Same goes for FF12.  In fact I just recently played the International version and it was much better...but the graphics are starting to show their age with modern titles like Lightning Returns blowing older titles away.  

I also agree that they should come out with another Parasite Eve, Vagrant Story, and I'll add another FF Tactics and a new Dragon Warrior into the mix.


Here is your master list Square Enix:


FF7

FF12

Parasite Eve Next

Vagrant Story 2

Final Fantasy Tactics 3


Then work on Final Fantasy 15...

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

Don't we mean Square is currently working on FFXXII, that game will be cancelled before it ever comes out.

dumhicountal
dumhicountal

Modern Square isn't competent enough to make FFVII, and they've shown me no signs they will ever again have the competence.  Best to leave the the classics alone, and let them continue to push their crap.  I want to be excited about XV, but I know better.  The world isn't Square anymore.

la_boomstick
la_boomstick

We could both Kickstart the funding for the project AND sign an online petition to get it done. Could you imagine throwing up a Kickstarter page (as a previous poster mentioned) for this remake? Jesus H. They'd meet their goal, and then some, within a couple of hours.

SypherCyath
SypherCyath

Basically he's saying he's too intimidated by such a project. 

Square as a whole is too scared to tackle this project. 

I mean they said it themselves in another interview long time ago that they won't give FF7 remake a thought until they can come up with a game that is equal or surpasses it.


They rather make new entries to the series, experimenting and hopefully learning from their mistakes, while getting their customers hopes up that the next entry will be comparable to FF7, which will then mean they're ready to tackle the remake project. This approach ensures them some funding while they develop their skills.

It's too risky to remake the game now. What if they screw it up really badly, and lose practically half their customers due to disappointment (because taking an already good game and then butchering it shows the world how bad this company is).




rhenom
rhenom

I'm not convinced that Square will EVER do a FF7 remake at this point. Maybe they should do a sequel using the same cast of characters, call it FFVII-2.

rhenom
rhenom

Personally, FF7 is one of my all time favorite games and I would absolutely love an HD remake. It makes me sad that Square doesn't seem to be interested. To me, FF7 is the gold standard in creating a unique, interesting world, a great cast of characters, and wonderful story.


Looks like I'll be stuck with my PS3 emulated version for a while.

hairdie
hairdie

why not kickstarter the sucker and see if its worth it then?

smartdono
smartdono

where are you squaresoft...we need you

renerak
renerak

Make a Final fantasy IX remake, and not that over-rated final fantasy 7.

seifer309
seifer309

Ok if you guys are serious about wanting FF7 remade here's what we need to do...BOYCOTT SQUARE ENIX ALL OF IT (including tomb rader) eventually they will realize that without us they make no money. We did this strategy with Microsoft recently and guess what?... we got what we wanted and Microsoft is a way bigger company then square. And also remaking FF7 won't take as long to develop as the "13 saga" and I use that term loosely average game development 2-3 1/2 year's

adub424
adub424

I went back and tried to play Final Fantasy VII the other day and it is better left in my nostalgic memories. They would have to remake the whole game not just give it a facelift. So many better play systems and narrative tools have come along since then that no matter what it would seem dated. Plus if I were Square I would not try to remake such a popular game the voice of the internet would never be appreciative. It wouldn't sell because; it is a dated style of game with nothing new to offer, true nostalgia fans would rather have the original, and Gamespot like the rest of the internets is full of haters who have way more bad to say than good. If you love the game go play it don't let become a Speilberg/Lucas remake. YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY DO!

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

Just STFU and remake FFVII already! Seriously, it's like Square doesn't want to make a shit ton of money or something...

theprismhead
theprismhead

Why FF7? They should remake FF6! Although I would like to see Cloud in the Honeybee Inn.

razor_rj
razor_rj

Why would x-2 need a remake, it has decent enough graphics it was a ps2 game right ? MAKE a FF7 remake or at least a FUCKING NEW ADVENTURE WITH THE SAME CAST GOD DAMN IT

Seifer24
Seifer24

Fuck you and remake final fantasy 7

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

see folks... there is STILL a chance to see a Final Fantasy VII remake... and I would love to see XII get a remake as well (both being among my favorite Final Fantasy games)

michaelrjohnson
michaelrjohnson

I think they should remake it, even with the huge re-investment.  They already have the framework and the writing completed.  They could sell it at a $40 price point and it would likely be the most highly purchased FF ever done.  I'd buy it in a heartbeat.


I love the original, but it is sadly tough to play nowadays with how it looks. 

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

yes please do a HD remake of FFXII!!

Apastron
Apastron

If Square did remake Final Fantasy VII they'd probably release it and then go bust.


Which sounds like a pretty good reason to do it, what with the way they're going at the moment.

jk12324
jk12324

Would the PS4 be able to churn out Advent Children-like graphics?

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

I would personally prefer they simply focused on making a better effort at future FF games which have been going downhill for the better part of a decade , rather than remake FF7 in what would probably be some imperfect remake the fans can complain about.

Or better yet come out with a game for one of their more underused franchises (a new Chrono game for instance) or even a new franchise , but of course they would never do that due to the financial risks involved.


FF7 is one of my favorites no doubt, but between the re release and the various titles released under the FF7 brand (like Dirge of Cerberus, ,which was pretty bland), they have done enough , I doubt FF7 will benefit from cheesy voice acting and the modern designs found in recent Square Enix games (arguably FF7 & 8 started this, but recent games took these too far), we saw some of this in Advent Children , and I would rather it didn't transfer over to the main game.


in short, FF7 is a classic and a gem of a game, and it should stay that way.

nick_000000
nick_000000

If Square Enix keep doing what they are doing you won't get the chance to make a FF7 remake because they will go bust, most of Sqaure's new games have been half arsed peices of poo :(.

realscarygary
realscarygary

As long as they keep pushing out another crappy title after another, there is no logic to it.

ccgod
ccgod

I feel if RE4 can get 20 different versions this guy can piece together a newer FF7-9

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

In summary: We would like to...we really would, but that kind of thing takes too much work and effort...and we're too lazy and not ready to but both work and effort into our games right now.

bluefox755
bluefox755

So in othe rwords: He's too lazy to do it.

troller83
troller83

[NSA LOG ON]


Let me enlighten everyone here (cause I'm a muddafucka GENIOUS ) , listen to my words!!!


People don't want Final Fantasy VII remake ...  they want a new Final Fantasy game

with the MUDDAFUCKA old school turn based combat + gf , summon whatever

not this INTERACTIVE thing...


the latest final fantasy is like an interactive movie...worse actually...sometimes it can play itself, you can masterbate...


so INSTEAD OF REMAKING FINAL FANTASY


BRING BACK THE GOD DAMN TURN BASED COMBAT

AND BRING BACK THE FREE ROAM, I WANT TO GET LOST!!!!! I WANT TO GET LOST IN THE WORLD!!!!

I WANT TO EXPLORE!!!! I WANT A FUCKING CACTI PLANT TO KICK MY ASS WITH 4X 9999 HIT POINTS

I WANT TO SUMMO BAHAMUT AND KICK YOUR ASE


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


(now I gona drink myself to oblivion)


peace


[NSA LOG OFF]

sidzero
sidzero

@renerak Agreed about FF7 being overrated, but if they're going to remake anything, it should be ground-up remake of Final Fantasy 6. And do it in 3D instead of using sprites.

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

@seifer309 That is likely the worst way to approach that. "Let's starve the company of money so they do a remake only out of desperation for sales!" That's an absolute guarantee to assure a quality game, right? Nope...

jesot
jesot

@seifer309  It'd take a long time to properly recreate FF7.  Everything would have to be redone by scratch.

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

@theprismhead  That's the real reason they arent remaking it, they'd lose all their Cloud figurine sales once the KH crowd realises what went down in the Honeybee Inn.

rhenom
rhenom

@razor_rj  They aren't "remaking" FFX/FFX-2, they are converting the aspect ratio and resolution from PS2 4x3 to 16x9 1080p. They are probably also tweaking some details to make it look nice, but they certainly aren't creating anything from scratch.

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

@ccgod  RE4 was pretty decent but I noticed after they shifted to that formula and reworked system RE went down the drain. I'm not asking for Tank controls again...well maybe I am...I don't know what to feel about the bastardization of my favorite franchises anymore.

renerak
renerak

@sidzero @renerak  Yep, I wonder why they atleast didn't re-make it like they did for 4 and 3, I still haven't played 6 cause the graphics put me off. They could atleast remake it with art-style, and roam style of secret of mana. I keep hearing how good it is but yet despite my efforts I still couldn't get into it.

seifer309
seifer309

That's exactly how Final Fantasy got its name! Square was going bankrupt and the original Final Fantasy was their last attempt to save the company. They need a bad year where we don't buy a third installment of a linear game with an auto battle system like 13.  Or shiney polished turds about an evil sperm whale and a whiney brat with daddy issues (I'm sorry but that's just how I feel about 10) and put out something that's fun and entertaining that people will play more then once

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@santinegrete  I love turn based combat...not enough games have them anymore.  I'd want a different spin on turn based combat and not the same thing rehashed from FF7.  Personally, I like tactical turned based combat systems, like FFT or HoMM3.

sidzero
sidzero

@seifer309 If Tidus is a whiny brat with daddy issues, then what does that make Cloud (spoiler alert: he's an emo douchebag)? I mean really, his entire story could be summed up with "Oh woe is me! I don't know who I am! Oh woe is me! The flower girl I'm crushing on got killed! Oh woe is me! I'm nothing more than a clone of my mortal enemy!"

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

@seifer309 Yes, I know how the series began but if a game like that were released today it would be panned all around, and I for one would hate it.


1) Basic game mechanics either had no practical function or were hidden from the player.

2) The game required you to do nothing but grind your face off to level your party, and while the added challenge of keeping all party members alive (in order to keep their exp curves in synch) gave battles an on-edge feeling at first, it eventually boils down to how often you were able to save the game or how many random battles you were able to tolerate before shutting the game off. I can recall DAYS of not gaining a single level and having nothing to spend gil on.

3) Some advanced classes, if you stayed with the game long enough to earn them, were actually "side-grades" or "downgrades" statistically speaking.

You say, "Well that was a long time ago." They worked on a low budget and just pounded out this game because they figured, "What the hell, we're through anyway." Now the company has grown significantly, an with that some issues have been raised, yes. But if they have to cut corners of quality, what's the point of returning to their roots?

troller83
troller83

@Suaron_x @santinegrete nowdays everything is 3D , requires 3x 240HZ displays with 4 SLI GTX880 Ti's ...


for example Crysis 3 , which no one actually plays...it's just there to show of your system can render every piece of grass you don't really look a in realtime with uberrealistic shadows... and true Moon gravitation movement ... and free ULTRA RELAISTIC SHADOW DLC for only 5.99 EUR