It has been a good while until we last had any official news regarding the fabled Final Fantasy VII remake, but we’re pleased to say that Square-Enix has once again been whispering about remaking the game, with some eyebrow-raising comments definitely worth paying attention to.
At the moment, a Final Fantasy VII remake has yet to be given the green light by Square-Enix, but considering that the company are now remaking another classic in Final Fantasy X for the PS3 and PS Vita, it still remains an open possibility much to the delight of Final Fantasy veterans.
Speaking of veterans, Yoshinori Kitase, producer for many Final Fantasy games including the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2 has spoken a in a recent interview and revealed that if the company were to finally remake the game, they may have to delete certain aspects of the game, whilst also adding new elements at the same time.
He is a portion of his interview with OXM, as reported from Eurogamer:
“If I may speak as a game creator, if we were to produce a remake of 7, for example, I would be really tempted to delete things and add new elements, new systems or whatever because if we were to make exactly the same thing now, it’d be like a repeat. It’d be an issue of repetition and not as much fun to make such a game. So I’d be really interested in rearranging games or reshaping games into something slightly different even though it’s supposed to be the same game.”
He then went on to make the very important point that changing elements of the original game may not go down too well with hardcore Final Fantasy fans, who would prefer the game to be remade 100% with nothing changed from the original. Having said that, the idea of Square-Enix taking the time to add new content could change the whole complexity of the game, just with the addition of one town and new townspeople for example.
Other possibilities they could explore though without affecting the main storyline of the game, would be to give the main characters actual voice actors this time around, and of course character models with mouths. Square-Enix could add content to the game by way of mini-games and side quests, again these factors wouldn’t affect the overall balance of the game, and it is something that Square-Enix could definitely work on.
What are your thoughts on the comments from Kitase. Would you support the idea of deleting content in favor of adding new material to FF7, or is the game best left untouched?