Kitase: FFVII remake would be “ten times as long” to make compared to original

Monday, 31st May 2010 11:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen


If anyone’s still holding their breath on that Final Fantasy VII remake – in which case, you’ve got lungs of steel – it’s best you start breathing a little.

Producer Yoshinori Kitase has said the title would be “ten times as long” to create compared to the original.

“We’ve gotten this question a lot from many countries,” Kitase said at a recent launch event for Final Fantasy XIII in Korea.

“To make FFXIII at this level of quality, it took us 3 to 4 years. If we were to make FFVII in the same style of FFXIII, it would take 10 times as long, so it would be difficult to take it up immediately. However, we always keep in mind how often this is requested.”

Expect the remake in 2050, then.

In seriousness, for the hardcore massive who still believe in that remake dream, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has said that the firm was going to “explore” a remake.

Don’t stop believin’, as that song once went.

Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. Erthazus

    So 10 or 20 years? Cool.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    Na. Think more along the line of 30-40 years.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    The funniest part in this comment is that: “If we were to make FFVII in the same style of FFXIII, it would take 10 times as long”

    so basically to make a shitty linear game out of good game you need ten times longer.

    Someone need to be fired at the company…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Herlock

    Seriously, they cant write a good story and make a good new IP ?
    I sick aboute remake!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. dirigiblebill

    A certain amount of crap-cutting is in order, I feel. Playing Sins of a Solar Empire at the moment – if Square Enix can do to FF what Ironclad did to 4X strategy they’ll be on the right track.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    “They see us trollin’: they hatin’.”

    This is what this is now when they say anything about the remake.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Boris Fett

    Maybe it wouldn’t take so long if they didn’t spend weeks rendering a single rock.

    What a bunch of hacks. They’re digging their own grave with their outdated design approach.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. zoopdeloop

    They’ll certainly going for it…they just trying to keep people off track to make a “huge” (surprise)announcement later.This is SE.
    My guess though is that it is going to be on a handheld.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. lirky

    lol square enix needs alot of catching up in the rpg franchise again now that, their rpg quality seems to be staying stale for awhile. they need to make new rpgs that are not ff like they did in the past. Like saga frontier or something.

    So they shouldnt really talk about ff7 remake, untill they release quality rpgs again because they will just kill the remake.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Uncontested

    Never thought I’d see the day that a dev like Square is nothing but a bunch of over paid and over hyped hacks.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. M337ING

    Why would a remake take 30-40 years to make? You’re just creating upscaled models in an engine that you already have developed. You’re basically just copying and pasting the gameplay systems and everything else.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    remake it or just STFU. If they start now it could be a PS4 launch title and it would sell crazy numbers just from being a launch title alone….look at Ridge Racer.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. hitnrun

    Didn’t they say this, more or less verbatim, 3 months ago?

    And wasn’t there a universal consensus that it was inane contradictory nonsense?

    What the hell is wrong with Japan, anyway?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Aimless

    Why does everyone want a remake of FFVII anyway? At this point it feels like the only reason its so sought after is because it’s been denied so many times that people have whipped themselves into a frenzy.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. bytemap

    I do hope you realize he’s just venting and most likely you guys are just joking to be taking this seriously.

    if anything, they may have it or not. IF they do, they don’t want to announce it early since they finally got over making a using the PS3 for an FF game. If not, then no difference, just keep playing any other games that come out.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Epic Fool

    Man some of you guys are grumpy… (Not to mention morons.)

    Maybe you should, like, go out and buy some drugs or something? Might cheer you up a bit.

    Anyway I see their point if they want to remake the game in full 3D, that would take a while yeah, game was pretty damn huge… Maybe it would take less time if they just keep the prerendered background aproach? (REmake still looks awesome imo.)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. V_Ben

    Maybe if he stopped procrastinating about making the game and set some developers on it, then we’d stop seeing news stories on this thing :P

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Mike W


    Square-Enix has been full of shit this whole generation with their public statements.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Mike W

    I have to agree with Herlock. Square-Enix has way more than enough talented people at their studio to create a “new game” that can probably can surpass FF VII. I’m sick of HD remakes of games we already played and beat.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @18, no, they are proffessional trolls this gen.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    I personally don’t want there to be a remake of FFVII, mostly because I enjoy fanboy anguish with my breakfast and rub disappointment into my skin like a salve. Oh, and I think the game is overrated.

    But to implement the changes the fans really want – essentially, voiceovers and re-rendering the art to make it not look like ass – would take a month. Maybe two if they took their time. And it would sell as well as a brand new numbered Final Fantasy, though probably at a lower pricepoint for such a basic makeover.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. DaMan

    slow news day?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    Memorial day Weekend for the states which means 3 day weekend for us everyone is out partying, bbq, etc.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Johnny Cullen

    DaMan – It’s a UK Bank Holiday, and, as Phoenix said, it’s Memorial Day in the US too.

    So basically put, it’s drip-drip for today. Normal service should resume tomorrow… somewhat, considering Steph will be back from her trip, but I’ll be off for my own trip tomorrow.

    This one’s site-related, so I can’t say much about it. ;)

    #24 5 years ago
  25. DaMan

    oh, I meant the article actually.. but nvm I didn’t know all that.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    Oh. I’ll go sit in the corner and fuck up, then. :(

    #26 5 years ago
  27. DaMan

    well, I just thought some of the stuff you guys post isn’t that news worthy.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Hunam

    Everything is news worthy on a site that posts only news.

    #28 5 years ago

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