For most of this generation there has been a call for a high-definition remake of Final Fantasy VII. All of which has fallen on deaf ears.
2D-X decided to ask everyone at CES 2012 who was representing Square Enix about the proposed Final Fantasy VII remake the fans are demanding (so much so, some are trying to remake the game themselves).
After a brief silence, one anonymous Square Enix developer stated:
“I’m on the fence about it. I’d love to see it, but at the same time I wouldn’t. It wouldn’t be the same, and wouldn’t have the same magic. It’d have voices, and what about the cross dressing part? And what about Aerith’s death? Would we see that in full next-gen graphics? I don’t think I could handle that.”
Another anonymous Square Enix dev then opined:
“I honestly don’t believe that people truly understand Final Fantasy VII. I think if they went back and played it today, they wouldn’t appreciate it nearly as much as they did before. That might not be the case for all Final Fantasy VII fans, but I think a lot of people need to let it go and accept it for what it is.”
Crucially no-one from Square Enix who was present would talk about the likelihood of a remake actually happening. Instead all they would give is their thoughts on the prospects of being involved in any such project.
I can’t see it ever happening, and some high-ups at the company have suggested as much previously, but we can all live in hope. Maybe for the next-gen consoles!