Square-Enix Reaffirms: No FF VII Remake
It's one of the most popular and enduring rumors of the past few years, and fans had hoped it would finally become truth this year. It's Square-Enix's 20th Anniversary for Final Fantasy, and among several big announcements already, FF VII fans have been anxiously looking for news regarding a PS3 remake of their favorite RPG.
Well, prepare to be disappointed, because we now have the clearest denial of such a project to date: character designer Tetsuya Nomura broke a lot of hearts in a recent interview with Japan's monthly Dorimaga publication, by saying:
"It appears that there are often overseas rumors like 'Are you currently developing a VII remake?' My apologies, but were absolutely not making [such a game]."
'sob' But is this really all she wrote? Has the fat lady sung? All good rumors can't possibly die this easily, right? Of course not. Yoshinori Kitase, the director of Final Fantasy VII, followed up with a more encouraging quote, even though it remains clear they're not currently working on a remake.
"When we ask the staff who are making FFXIII why they entered the company, there are many people who say, 'I'm an FFVII fan, I also want to do a remake.'" And then Nomura added his own two cents; "We of course know ourselves what the fans want so we'd like to continue thinking up a variety of things. As long as there are people who want to make it and people who are waiting for it, we don't want to proclaim 'the end.'"
So don't expect to see an announcement for a Final Fantasy VII remake on the PS3 this year; in fact, you may not ever see one. But we can always hope, and we can always feel a bit better about those last comments. Never say never!
6/4/2007 Ben Dutka