No Final Fantasy VII remake until new titles surpass the original, says Squenix boss Yoichi Wada
If you've been following news about Square Enix, then you'll probably know that fans have been vocal about wanting a remake of Final Fantasy VII, and that the company has been vocal about saying no to those fans. The most recent example of this was made by series character designer Tetsuya Nomura, who said that newer titles are the priority.
This belief was reiterated at Square Enix's annual shareholder meeting, where CEO Yoichi Wada stated that they would not do a remake of FF VII until it made a new game that "exceeds the quality" of the PSOne classic.
Another reason, Wada revealed in a candid statement, is that the development team isn't ready to remake FF VII. He cited the fact that more recent entries in the series have been unable to surpass their predecessor, as far as quality goes, and if the team were to try before they could surpass FF VII then the franchise "would be done with."
That might be slightly on the extreme side of things, but then again I can see where he's coming from. Final Fantasy VII is easily one of the most highly revered games in history, and creating a remake that is not on par with the original could be a recipe for one of the biggest backlashes from fans and the gaming community as a whole.
Do you think that a subpar Final Fantasy VII remake would be enough to bring down the entire Final Fantasy franchise as Wada fears it would? Is the implication that Square Enix is aiming to surpass the classic title an encouraging sign for the series' future? Feel free to talk about it in the comment section below.
And while we're at it, have a glimpse at the tech demo that showed the world what a Final Fantasy VII remake could look like and left fans everywhere salivating for more.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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