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.


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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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