3. They never said “no.”
Reread Kitase’s statement in the introduction above. Did you notice how he never actually said the word “no” anywhere?. In other words, he never once states “there are no plans to do a Final Fantasy VII remake.”
In fact, the only thing he does say on the subject is that the project of turning one of the older era Final Fantasy’s into a current gen game would be “challenging” and take much longer to make. This shouldn’t be taken as a no, but more of a roundabout way of saying it’s going to be awhile.
Another interesting note is the part where he says they’d have issues about whether or not to change things about the mechanics due to fan’s reactions. At the same time, he brings up a good point by asking what the point of a remake is if it’s just the same exact game…aside from the millions of dollars they’d make, of course. From this, you can conclude he has been thinking about it a lot. So much so that development is probably in progress as we speak.
2. Square Enix needs a hit
It’s been a long time before we had an epic Final Fantasy. IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X all fit that bill for me and provided some really memorable and emotional stories. When I was a kid, time stopped when news was released that the next Final Fantasy was coming. From VII to X we had hit after hit until it just…stopped. Final Fantasy XI came out, which c’mon. Final Fantasy XII was okay, but it never felt like any of the hits from the past. Then came Final Fantasy XIII and my childhood promptly died.
I’m not alone in this feeling. The American audience’s love of the series has been declining for some time. Some of it is thanks to the decline in quality of the series, but most of it is due to the changing times. I’m not saying a series like FF can’t be great today, but players like having the choice that games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age offer them, and the fact that it’s a JRPG does hurt it. As much as I get into it with Joe on the PS Uni podcast, he’s not in the minority. People see the funny clothes, the teen drama, and the utter Japanese-ness of the series and get spooked. Which is why if you have anything less that an epic game, they’re in trouble.
A remake or sequel to Final Fantasy VII would be a very easy out for Square Enix. Most would buy it simply because of their attachment to FFVII, but if it’s even half of the game FFVII was then Square is set. It’s been too long since Square has had a Final Fantasy that really stuck with us. FFVII would be an easy solution.
1. They’ve hinted at something twice
This is the big reason that I believe we’re going to get something FFVII-related, and I’m shocked that no one has ever brought this up to Square Enix in any interviews. In at least two instances, there have been teasers for Final Fantasy VII-2. So while a remake maybe out, we should still be getting a sequel.
Don’t understand what I’m talking about? I’ll get right into it. Spoilers ahead, so watch out!
A) Dirge of Cerberus
Dirge of Cerberus was an RPG/Shooter starring FFVII cast member Vincent Valentine, and it saw him taking on a terrorist group known as Deepground, a forgotten military unit of Shinra. There is a secret ending that comes after the ending credits. A warrior, at the time known simply as G, is revived and picks up the body of the Weiss, the final boss. G tells Weiss there is no time for slumber and that there is much work for them to do. He then sprouts one wing (just like a certain other “One-Winged Angel”) and flies off.
And that’s it. There is no secret boss fight or anything like that. G is out there, and plotting something. As for what, we have yet to find out. Seems like a pretty giant loose end, no?
B) Crisis Core
We don’t hear much more from G till Crisis Core, the prequel that finally explains why many of the events of FFVII occur. It’s hands down one of my favorite PSP games, and tells the incredible rise and fall story of Zack Fair, and does a fantastic job of making you really care for him. The ending is one of the few times I’ve cried during a game; it’s heart-breaking stuff.
Back on topic, Crisis Core fully introduces G as a man named Genesis, one of three soldiers with skills on par with Sephiroth. He also ends up being the final boss, which Zack takes out in a pretty awe-inspiring final fight. During the ending scene, Genesis’s body is picked up by Weiss and Nero from Dirge of Cerberus. They comment that they’ve finally found a brother, and walk off with him.
This completely sets up Genesis to be the antagonist in Final Fantasy VII-2. Crisis Core completely introduces us to the man, while Dirge of Cerberus introduces Deepground. Dirge also revives Genesis from the dead, a problem that has yet to be brought up since. I really doubt Square did all this for shits and giggles.
Finally, I’ll end with a quote from Sephiroth from Advent Children. As Sephiroth is in the air dying after an incredible fight against Cloud, Cloud begs him to stay in his memories forever. Sephiroth responds by saying: “I…will never remain a memory.” Could the same be true for Cloud and Final Fantasy VII? Only time will tell.