Ever since Square Enix first started to strut it's stuff graphically with Final Fantasy 10, fans have called out for a remake of Final Fantasy 7. The epic game, arguably the most popular in the Final Fantasy series, has been exploited with movies and spin-offs. Developers have even teased fans with a remade cutscene to show off the capabilities for the PS3. It is things like this that had previously kept hope alive. However, with statements from Square Enix over the past few years, hope has been officially crushed for a remake of Final Fantasy 7 or any other of their games. No matter how many petitions fans write or how vehemently they request this game, it is never going to happen.
This hope was crushed via two quotes from top ranking Square Enix employees.
Square Enix Producer Yoshinori Kitase said in 2011:
"Graphically they [Final Fantasy games] weren’t as advanced as they are now, but there were lots of towns and worlds and cities and whatever. So if we were to recreate the same kind of game – sequel or not – with the same volume, but give it a much higher level of graphical quality, it would us take three times, four times, even ten times longer to make such a game. So making a sequel for an old game would be a lot more challenging."
Fans have probably noticed that Final Fantasy games have been becoming progressively shorter since they made their jump onto the PS2 all those years ago. No longer did characters run through open worlds, they started running around specific zones. Then slowly became even more linear. The world's became more fantastic graphical achievements, but the stories became simpler as well, and with that, the characters became less loveable.
So, Square Enix has officially traded quality of games for quality of graphics. In a world of games like the open world achievement of Skyrim and the upcoming Witcher 3 and Dragon Age 3, this makes Square Enixs' Final Fantasy game look like a fish floundering out of water. Surely if those companies can make a quality story AND a game with an amazing open world and graphics, Square Enix can too. perhaps it takes money that Square Enix just is not pulling in with their boring new games.
That quote, like many from Square Enix still gives a small bit of hope. Certainly it would be a challenging project, but the rewards the game would reap in would be astronomical! Gamers new and old would brawl for that game, I am sure.
Hope officially dies with the next quote, however.
The next statement is by famed Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura. He stated this shortly before the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2:
“There are a lot of people who want a remake of Final Fantasy VII. However, new titles take precedence. We work our hardest to make something that might be even better than Final Fantasy VII. The new Final Fantasy must overcome the Final Fantasy of the past.”
Ah, ever the clever company. The CEO of Square Enix Yoichi Wada also confirmed this with a similar quote after a shareholders' meeting. Using the fanatic addiction of Final Fantasy 7 fans, Square Enix hopes to squeeze out their money by offering expensive hope. Square Enix is essentially saying that "If you buy our games, we maybe perhaps might consider reconsidering the remake of Final Fantasy 7."
When read with the first quote above, fans can realize what utter poppycock this whole thing is. Though their games are getting more beautiful looking in a flashy sort of way, they are getting shorter and with worse stories. So thus, they will never be able to outsell Final Fantasy 7 who, as of 2010, had sold 10 million copies worldwide. They want their subpar games to outsell their classics that so much time and effort had been put into.
Is it so much to ask to remake a game? I am sure fans would not demand top of the line graphics which seem to be the "hot" word among gaming companies these days. I personally would be happy with the game where you could see features of the characters. No sloppily arranged polygons and fuzzy 32-bit graphics. I personally would be happy with Final Fantasy 10 graphics. While dated today, they were pretty freakin' sweet back in its time. Like Zelda fans, I am sure fans long to hear the sultry tones of Cloud's dark and tormented tones. However, this is something will never see. For fear Square Enix will have to "end" their cash cow. Their cash cow that is slowly degraded into seizure-inducing flashes of bright light and characters of surreal beauty.
There is one potential redeemer for a hope of a remake for Final fantasy 7, however. That would be Kingdom Hearts 3, something Square Enix has been carefully avoiding since the end of Kingdom Hearts 2. They have pumped out several terrible Kingdom Hearts side-stories, making fans thirst even more. However, with Square Enix's stand on not making their games both long AND beautiful, would we even still want a Kingdom Hearts 3 if they were to come out with it?
I put forth to Final Fantasy fans everywhere on this day that Final Fantasy as we know it is dead.
No longer can we look forward longingly to their next masterpiece. There will never come a day where the series will magically return to its long and wonderful stories with interesting and unique characters. Since Final Fantasy 7 was the most popular in the series, no matter how many Final Fantasy 6, 8, 9, and 10 may disagree. This is sad news for them as well, there will most certainly be any Final Fantasy 8 remake for me, no Final Fantasy 6 remake for the Kafka-esque nerd in his mother's basement, and no Final Fantasy 9 remake for the cosplay who still dresses up as the metrosexual Kuja. So nerdy brethren, hold on tight to those tiny little Playstation cases that hold your classics, they will be all the comfort from Square Enix that you will receive from now until the future.