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Square Enix more interested in new games than FFVII remake

Wednesday, 16th May 2012 06:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In an anniversary feature on Final Fantasy VII in this week’s Famitsu, Final Fantasy VII character designer turned director Tetsuya Nomura said a remake of the classic PSOne-era game isn’t the publisher’s top priority.

As translated from Famitsu leaks by Andriasang, Nomura acknowledged fan demand for a remake, but said the publisher is focused on making new games which live up to the much-loved RPG.

Nomura did throw fans a bone in the form of a neat story from FFVII’s development. Apparently optional party member Yuffie was planned as a wanted criminal; her appearance would change depending on which wanted poster the player had seen most recently when encountering her.

Although Nomura is considered something of a guiding hand for the Final Fantasy series since the departure of creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and is the director of the vapourous Final Fantasy Versus XIII, he asked fans to trust in series producer Yoshinori Kitase as the new visionary of the franchise.

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7 Comments

  1. Hunam

    I think after the latest run of FF games, people are hoping they get back on form before attempting to touch FF7.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Strife91

    I’d rather have Nomura as the visionary than Kitase.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Deacon

    It’s sad that outside of Japan there isn’t really a market for old-school JRPG’s like the early FF’s. Part of me wishes they would drop all the bravado of trying to reinvent the wheel and just revert back to something tried and tested – if only for 1 or 2 titles. They don’t even have to be retail just digital release. I still have faith in the brand.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Saus

    But we’re not.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    Oh is that why you constantly release tarted up older FF games on handhelds then?

    and that FF10 HD version thats coming.

    Those are all new games shut up.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Da Man

    The game’s shit, so anyway.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. kupocake

    #3 It’s a definite possibility for Final Fantasy XV I reckon. It was the approach they took with the end of generation Final Fantasy IX, and even despite its radical changes to gameplay, Final Fantasy XII had a few more nods back to older games than usual (though admittedly it was referencing the Final Fantasy Tactics spinoffs).

    I’m glad they’re not remaking Final Fantasy VII at this point. If they had a run of decent games under their belt, we could take the remake seriously and reappraise the game for what it really is (i.e. great, just not as great as it is in overly nostalgic minds).

    #7 2 years ago

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