Yoshinori Kitase admitted that he’d gladly work on Final Fantasy VII Remake until he gets to retire.
„Final Fantasy VII is a game which, if it just stayed as the original, would just be remembered as something from the past and people wouldn’t be as engaged with it. I think to be something that continues to be loved and followed by future generations we have to keep updating it as we’re doing now. And in 10 years, 20 years, it may need to be done again! So even if this is the only thing that I do in the rest of my career, I won’t be disappointed,” Kitase told GameSpot. So would there be a Final Fantasy VII Remake Remake in the future? Don’t even think about that for now…
He also talked about why they had to change a few things compared to the original Final Fantasy VII that launched in 1997 on the PS1: „But if we were just to make it a 100%, one-for-one remake of the original game, just follow the story exactly as it was, and not change anything… I think people would like it but it would just be ‘Oh yeah, I remember this. This was great, how nostalgic,’ and that’s all you get.
We have to meet people’s expectations, give them what they want to see… But we have to go beyond that and really exceed their expectations and give them new surprises as well. So it was something we had to pay a lot of attention to and we were very careful… it didn’t just stop at ‘Yeah, that was a great game, I remember this.’ We had to go further and provide a new experience.” Keep in mind that this is just the first episode, which will cover events up to Midgar.
He also confirmed that Square Enix never considered a turn-based battle system to appeal to new fans, and to suit the changed taste of the current fan base as well. That’s why the JRPG went a bit more „actiony.”
Final Fantasy VII Remake has a demo on the PlayStation Network, but the retail version might change a few things. It will launch on April 10, exclusively on PlayStation 4 for a year. But how many re-releases, remakes will there be? Will it be the new Resident Evil 4?
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