Top of gamers wish-lists for many a year now has been a remake of the classic PSOne RPG, Final Fantasy VII. Detailing the quest undertaken by Cloud Strife and his buddies as they try to take down the evil Sephiroth, the game is rightfully considered a classic and up there with Ocarina of Time whenever ‘best game ever’ awards are talked about.
It seems though that for the time being the only way for new gamers to experience it for themselves will be either to get hold of an original copy of the game or download it from the PSN store. Time and time again Square-Enix has dodged the question of whether they would remake the RPG in HD for the current generation of consoles, but for now it seems there answer is a firm “No.” Well, at least “Not yet.”
Famitsu magazine recently ran a Final Fantasy VII retrospective, and interviewed the designer of the game, Tetsuya Nomura. When asked about the possibility of a remake, he told the magazine that, although he acknowledged that it was something the fans wanted, Square-Enix are instead focussing on making new games that live up the standards set by the past. Hmmm, that doesn’t seem to be going to well though, does it?
Final Fantasy VII has no doubt aged a lot, and would need a good deal of work to make it palatable as a 40+ hour experience for modern gamers. Its set pieces and emotional impact are so good however that surely it would be worth the effort. I struggle to understand why Square-Enix doesn’t just give the fans what they are asking for, namely a Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts 3.