We have some interesting new information on the status of the infamous and never-ending Final Fantasy 7 remake to share with you now. Fresh doubts have been cast on the possibility of a remake arriving in the near future, after Square-Enix CEO president Yoichi Wada recently stated that having a remake would basically kill off their franchise for good.
An explanation is obviously required for such a bold statement and luckily the main man at Square-Enix provided it. When speaking to shareholders, he has apparently said that in order for the team to make a Final Fantasy 7 remake, Square-Enix has to first develop a game which surpasses that of the PS1 classic.
Although not specifically naming titles, he also said that right now – the team has so far not lived up to this requirement, basically confirming that in his mind the likes of Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and FFXIV are not good enough to polish FF7’s boots.
While it is obviously disappointing that a remake remains a distant dream, you can perfectly understand Wada’s logical and reasoning behind saying such a thing. At the moment, all fans want is a remake of older games – with Final Fantasy X HD a classic example. If they remade Final Fantasy VII now, what would Square-Enix do after that? The following game after a FF7 remake would almost certainly not live up to the same expectations, so you can definitely understand that they want to bring out a FF7 limit breaker first before launching their ultimate weapon.
It looked at one point that Final Fantasy Versus XIII could well be the game that has the right to be discussed in the same breath as Final Fantasy 7, but Square-Enix are still playing silly games on the status of this title, instead choosing to remain silent on its current whereabouts.
Final Fantasy 14 isn’t exactly top of the RPG wish list either for many fans, although we would say that the company’s Luminous Engine tech demo at E3 was very impressive indeed. Considering how long they took to release Final Fantasy XIII, we don’t even want to think at the time the company may need to bring out a game that tops FF7.
Should we all call it a day and presume that a remake is never coming? Failing that, Square-Enix could probably survive on just remaking Final Fantasy 1-12. Let us know your thoughts on these latest developments.