Square Enix Tech Director On FFVII: "I'd Like A Remake"
See, Square Enix? Even your own bosses want a remake.
The PC version of Final Fantasy VII will soon be re-released with some visual retouching, achievements, cloud saves, and a little cheating mechanic that lets the player artificially boost the stats of the characters.
So many have wondered if this might hint at a long-awaited remake. Square Enix is usually vague on the issue, but when FFDream interviewed Julien Merceron, S-E's Worldwide Technology Director, he basically said he'd like to do one. He first admitted to not being one of the decision-makers that would get such a project going, but he added that as "a player and a fan," there's no doubt he'd enjoy seeing a FFVII remake. Here's his response; it's in French but a member of the site was nice enough to translate for us:
"It’s a game that is very precious (important in my heart) to me also, surely you will find on the internet some interviews that I have made in the past that confirmed that. For me, Final Fantasy VII, it was one of the most beautiful experiences. But there are other Final Fantasy [titles] released before that were also superb and then still others after.
Of course, for me, as a player I would. There are people in the company who decide what they do with the brands and what they do and choose with the Final Fantasy franchise, what is right and what isn’t good. I just try to decide on the level of technology and I [leave them to their decisions] but as a player as a fan, yes of course, I'd like a remake."
If you're wondering, Merceron is the guy who went on the record last year, talking about what we can expect in the next generation. He was most recently in the news for saying this generation of hardware has lasted way too long. You may notice he didn't say anything about the technical limitations and difficulties of doing a FFVII remake, and he's a a tech director, so...maybe that's encouraging?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII
7/16/2012 9:43:17 AM Ben Dutka