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Wada: Final Fantasy VII remake would kill franchise

Tuesday, 26th June 2012 06:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada won’t sign off on a Final Fantasy VII remake until he’s sure current games live up to the brand’s reputation.

Andriasang reports Wada told shareholders that no Final Fantasy VII remake will happen until the company produces a new series entry which is higher quality the classic PSOne era RPG.

Wada apparently confirmed the implication that in his opinion, recent releases such as Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and XIV haven’t met expectations of quality.

The executive said remaking Final Fantasy VII would irreparably damage the franchise.

Final Fantasy VII released for PSOne in 1997 and was the first entry in the critically acclaimed series to sport 3D graphics. It quickly gained a cult following based on its unusual, somewhat sci-fi setting, anime character designs, contemporarily stunning cut scenes, and complicated, mature story line.

Square Enix has repeatedly denied fan requests for a remake, although it did produce a sequel in the film Advent Children, a prequel in PSP bestseller Crisis Core, a tie-in mobile game which unfortunately didn’t leave Japan, and spin-off shooter Dirge of Cerberus.

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12 Comments

  1. Malmer

    It would be interesting to see an FF-game with much more dialog interactions and with choices and consequences like western rpgs like The Witcher 2 and the ME-series.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ehab

    Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me at all. They’re absolutely right about this; if they were to remake Final Fantasy VII, fans would look no further than it as far as Final Fantasy games go. Hell, they do that even now! But that just shows lack of faith in their upcoming games. I mean, aren’t they planning on making higher installments in the series in the future? Or possibly it’s just they don’t want to shot themselves in the foot before giving themselves the chance to prove the series can still survive?

    On another note: am I the only one who sees that Dragon’s Dogma battle system is what I envisioned a Final Fantasy to be like?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TommiK

    Give a Final Fantasy VII remake as a launch title for the next PlayStation console. This would be the biggest event in the history of games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dimaco

    @3 yup, that would freaking ROCK!

    And make for a definitive system seller for the new PS… it’s a win-win!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Deacon

    I really think they’ve fabricated a great battle system with XIII & XIII-2. If they can give us a poignant story with interesting and non-clichĂ© characters, full of memorable events, then I’m sure they’ll get the franchise back on top.

    As it stands (this gen), they seem to have completely lost their conviction.

    I get what Wada says in that now’s not the time. But it shouldn’t be hard to make a game that at least rivals one released 15 years ago. Yet they make it look and sound so difficult….. I blame Kitase.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @1 What about NO.
    There’s a motive Western RPGs and J-RPGs are different.

    @2 The only flaw I see in Dragon’s Dogma battle system is the outrageous lack of lock-on function, anyway such system would destroy any pretense of tactics left in the Final Fantasy Franchise, so I don’t think we’ll see something like that in the future installments, unless it’s part of the “Versus subgenre”.

    @5 “But it shouldn’t be hard to make a game that at least rivals one released 15 years ago.”

    There are 2 issues when trying to best a successful game from 15 years ago:
    1. You have to appease the hardcore fans, so you must give them mechanics that are 95-ish% similar to the old ones;
    2. You have to entice the new fans and outsiders, so you must give them fresh, new mechanics that are up to or better than the competitors.

    You can easily see the contrast between the 2 issues and, as an executive moving big numbers of money and bigger risks for your company, you have decide which part of the gaming community appeal to and how much.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stardog

    Get rid of:
    Motomu Toriyama
    Yoshinori Kitase

    Give the reigns to:
    Hiroyuki Ito
    Hiroshi Minagawa
    Hironobu Sakaguchi

    XIII was awful in almost every way. Battle system, graphics, gameplay and story.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. jevonski

    I still play VII on my psvita but don’t touch XIII it was boring to play, the battle system is a pain with the godawful paradigm shifting and Crystarium being limited until you get far enough through the story which was way too linier, also the lack of Gil in the game was a joke you have to grind an area just to upgrade your gear.

    I don’t mind if they don’t want to bring out a reboot of VII but they need to drop XIII and move on to XV with something better.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. chaoszage

    well,my words to you CEO Wada,you will kill the franchise if you never listen to your fans.

    “no Final Fantasy VII remake will happen until the company produces a new series entry which is higher quality the classic PSOne era RPG”
    - I highly doubt any new series entry can get higher quality than FF7,not even same quality with FFX.(look at FF13,FF13-2)

    Like FF13/FF13-2,I like the battle system but everything is just lacking of something,e.g storyline,characters,musics and so on. we want something that we care about.

    anyway,FF franchise is going to be real killed soon if you dont do something better.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ars Nova

    @6: “You have to appease the hardcore fans, so you must give them mechanics that are 95-ish% similar to the old ones.”

    I would like to point you to one of Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing a short story, as I believe it is highly applicable here:

    “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

    Appeasement, in any way, shape or form, is a bad idea and leads to a mediocre product. Final Fantasy VII didn’t seek to appease a single damn person; it ran on an engine that did what it needed to, with gameplay mechanics that were as they should be, and a story that was phenomenal for what it was. It didn’t riff off of Final Fantasies I-VI; in fact, it stood farther apart from them in terms of setting and theming than any other game in the franchise up to that point. At the same time, it used a familiar combat system not to “appease the hardcore fans,” but because it functions and it’s fun.

    No, Final Fantasy should not transform into The Witcher, but it also shouldn’t be stuck in an infinite loop of FFVII clones. That’s the whole point of this article. Wada wants to prove that the Final Fantasy brand can be as groundbreaking and spectacular as the day it was born, the day it single-handedly saved Square from going under. A remake of a classic would only undermine those efforts, no matter how well it did in its own right. As a whole I look at Square Enix’s business plans these days and just kind of make a face; but I could not agree more with this decision. FF needs to get its mojo back, not scrounge up leftovers from its glory days.

    Plus, if people are really hankerin’ for some FFVII, it’s right there on the damn PSN. If they can’t enjoy the game unless it’s remade, then maybe they don’t enjoy it quite as much as they appear to.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Faizan1631

    ff7
    in HD
    not coming till a ff game can meet it’s quality
    make a ffVII-2 then god damn it!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Xarne

    “Wada told shareholders that no Final Fantasy VII remake will happen until the company produces a new series entry which is higher quality the classic PSOne era RPG.”

    So 16 years later and you STILL cant top FFVII. Given the quantum leaps in technology between now and then: That statement is nothing short of pathetic. He should start all Q/A sessions with:

    “Thanks for supporting us even though we peaked back in 1997 and have been turning out crap ever since. No, we wont give you FF VII remake because we’re making TONS of cash off all the releases since that you WISH will top it, but it wont. So, thanks again. For all the money you’ve wasted chasing your dream game-remake….FF29 to release next week.

    #12 2 years ago

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