I know that the majority of us Final Fantasy fans out there would kill for a re-make of Final Fantasy VII. As much as I would love a re-make of Final Fantasy VII, I hate to say this, but it is looking really unlikely. Square Enix themselves earlier this year have said that they will not re-make Final Fantasy VII until a newer Final Fantasy beats it in terms of quality... and sales. The and sales is the real key part of the comment for me. And to be honest I did not like it as it felt like they were blaming us gamers for not going out there and buying five copies of Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 each.
Still though it was recently released that Square Enix’s profits were considerably down this year mainly due to the not so hot sales of there games. So what could Square Enix do to make themselves some money. Re-make Final Fantasy VII.
We were cruelly teased with a Final Fantasy VII tech demo showcasing what Final Fantasy could look like on the PlayStation 3. Now to be fair at no point in time did Square Enix say that this was a preview of a game in development they were brutally honest with telling us it was just a tech demo showcasing what the Playstation 3 could do. Still many people (my self included) got our hopes up really sky high that they were just trying to keep this re-make all hush hush.
The reason that I feel that so many of us love Final Fantasy VII is really quite simple. The story. I loved the world and the characters of Final Fantasy VII. And while I am not a and I hate to use the term graphics whore. Final Fantasy VII has really not aged well from a presentational point of view. I think that the core game play is fine. And I recently played through it again on the PSN ( I am embarrassed to say how many times I have played through it now!) and I love the game play it feels just so simple compared to what many RPG’s will throw at us these days.
I guess that is the big question in regards to a remake isn’t it? I know that peoples opinions were really split on Final Fantasy XIII, but even the most hardened hater must admit the game looked phenomenal. Graphics are not a issue for Square Enix. The big issue will be what kind of game play style will they go for?
Do they stick with the original Final Fantasy VII game play mechanics. I love everything about the game, but I must admit its infuriating when you are just about to leave a area and are hit with a random battle. Would younger gamers who have perhaps heard of the greatness of Final Fantasy VII, but never played it be put off by random battles? Of course they very well may decide that if they do re-make Final Fantasy VII that they will just use the existing game engine that they have used for Final Fantasy XIII. They spent a ton of money making that game so it makes sense that they would want to use the game engine as much as possible, but by doing this they are probably going to upset a great deal of people who like the old style Final Fantasy.
When you think about it from a game play point of view they really are in a tough position. Kind of a damned if they do and damned if the don’t situation. For me personally I would want them to keep the core game play the same way that it was back in 1997. Yet I am sure there will be another person out there who feels it has aged horribly from a game play point of view and want it updated.
The other question of course is how would they release this game? Final Fantasy VII as far as I am concerned is a icon of the original PlayStation. So I really do believe that if there was to be a killer console exclusive in the next generation that Final Fantasy VII would be a huge coup. Just think about how much of a huge deal it was when Final Fantasy VII was announced to be released on the PlayStation instead of the Nintendo 64. I think the same thing could happen here, but there is one big draw back and that is money. I am not putting down Square Enix for wanting to make money they are a business after all. But would it make sense from a financial point of view to not release this game on the next Xbox or even the Wii U?
So what about you guys what are your thoughts on a Final Fantasy VII re-make? Would you want one? What changes would you like? And do you think there is any chance it could be a PlayStation 4 exclusive?
Article by - Jason Delacey
Insert Date: 12/13/2012
Does Final Fantasy X HD Give Hope For Final Fantasy VII HD? - March, 27, 2013
Final Fantasy X HD was announced a while back for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, but then things went really quiet. Many people simply thought that the game had been canned. I mean this is Square Enix we are talking about here, so that would not surprise me. Anyway, in recent weeks we have seen much more information released about Final Fantasy X HD. The information is very good, and it sounds like they are going all out for this HD port.
To me this is amazing news for two reasons. First of all I am a huge Final Fantasy X fan, and secondly if this does well, then who knows it may make Square Enix think that maybe they should give the fans a re-make of Final Fantasy VII after all.
Update by - Jason Delacey
Insert Date: 3/27/2012
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