The possibility of a current gen remake of Final Fantasy VII has been a hotly debated topic since the end of the last console cycle, flames of which were aggressively fanned by Square Enix’s now-infamous tech demo re-rendering the game’s opening scene with Playstation 3 hardware. With the steady stream of enhanced ports of earlier titles in the seminal RPG series many believed that VII‘s turn was inevitable, but its developer remained tight-lipped about the prospect.
…that is, until today. A Q&A session at Square Enix’s annual shareholders briefing yielded an interesting piece of information concerning the developer’s long-standing elephant in the room. CEO Yoichi Wada admitted that the company is acutely aware of the demand for a remake of their most successful title, but that that very success is also damning to the viability of such a project. Wada feels that a remake of FFVII would spell the end of the series – essentially admitting that his company is incapable of topping a decade-and-a-half-old work – and because of this will only condone a remake if Square Enix can produce a new Final Fantasy that bests it in both quality and sales.
At over 10 million copies sold that’s quite the goal to surpass. Add in consideration that – between the influx of interest in Eastern culture worldwide and the advent of 3D on home consoles – the market climate in 1997 was perfect for a title like FFVII, and it would almost seem like an exercise in futility to try to replicate.