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Square-Enix President Talks Remakes

As most of you well know, Square-Enix has been remaking and off-shooting much of their back catalogue of titles, much to the delight of the old-school fans. But they also have several new IPs on the way, including The Last Remnant for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

So where does the veteran RPG publisher stand on remakes? Well...perhaps it's all in how you interpret Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada's comments, recently delivered to Asashi Shimbun and translated by Kotaku. When talking about the continued success of certain remakes, thereby issuing a low-risk, high-return situation for the publisher in question, Wada had this to say: "The price of games is high, and consumers tend to be wary of buying games they are unfamiliar with. Now, it's possible for consumers to learn a great deal about the content of new titles through the Internet." Well, yes, of course. That's the job of many a video game site out there, and we're certain any gamer anywhere can learn a "great deal" about titles like Remnant in only a few short minutes. But the first part of Wada's comment implies Square-Enix won't abandon the idea of the remake or spin-offs, primarily because with the recognizable name plastered all over the box, it's a guaranteed profit-maker. Now, some of you may ask: if they know this, what exactly is stopping them from making a Final Fantasy VII remake?

Well, cost and time, for a start. But let's not beat that long-dead horse; let's just say Square-Enix's future moves should continue to reflect their desire to please the fans, and to issue a new IP every once in a while. You know, that nifty Internet can always help with the latter.

11/7/2008 Ben Dutka

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Arvis
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 10:58:27 AM
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They have a "desire to please the fans?" I haven't met a pleased Square fan in some time now.

-Arvis

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 11:02:51 AM

Well, I mean the new fans. You know, the DS lovers and the like; the ones who never knew Square-Enix when they were Squaresoft. ;)

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Duff
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 11:09:05 AM
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Enix sucks, if Square were to get Soft back it'd be set to make ff7 remake. Square enix games have been goin downhill

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Bardock617
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 2:02:06 PM

Enix does not suck. they freaking published Dragon Quest! and your saying they sucked? you must not appreciate the series that truly defined what a real RPG is.(then theres Atlus but thats a battle for another day)

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CH1N00K
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 11:10:25 AM
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Oh geez...You realize that with a title like that the FFVII fans are going to be screaming bloody murder again. Do you do that on purpose? LOL I was wondering when I was going to here something along these lines...the Square Enix comments have been kind of quiet lately.

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Robochic
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 12:17:44 PM
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I have a ds and i like to play the final fantasy games on that system but it's just not the same as it was in the Ps1 days.
I am hoping for them to make a new Kingdom hearts 3 for the PS3 but i can't see that happening for a very very long time.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 12:25:32 PM
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Great, Re-make titles like FF7, Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger(SNES), Secret of Mana (SNES), Romancing Saga (SNES, not the one on PS2), and make them all on PS3 with next-gen quality graphics. -- These are all legendary titles from Square or Squaresoft, no Enix please.

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Arvis
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 2:29:05 PM

I don't know, man, even in Squaresoft's glory days, Enix still made a name with titles like Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile. When the two merged, I thought it couldn't be anything but good. And for a while, it was. I don't know now...

-Arvis

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Scarecrow
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 12:59:11 PM
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I'm tired of this FFVII remake crap

Move on to FFXIII and FFXIV already!

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Deleted User
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:24:51 PM

Blame Ben hes the one consistently stuck in "fantasy land"

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Jeffrey
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 2:11:55 PM
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FFXIV! I dont even want to think about that one yet! hah

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Scarecrow
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:06:17 PM

Why not?

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Geobaldi
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:11:11 PM
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I'd like to see them make, or remake, a new Lufia along with the others already mentioned. Taito is also under their label so who knows, maybe they'll delve into that series again. And Enix has made some great games go the past. Dragon Quest, Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, and Cross Gate.

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Arvis
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:17:39 PM

Oh my god.... Illusion of Gaia... I get a huge rush of nostalgia any time that game is mentioned. Anybody happen to know if they ever released it on the Wii's virtual console?

-Arvis

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jvkv77
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:15:59 PM
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KINGDOME HEARTS 3!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:16:50 PM
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I think they will hold a VII remake over our heads for years.

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karneli lll
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:45:23 PM
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forget square enix. There's a possibility that ff XIII n versus will be my last. Im now more interested in level 5, they seem to know what they're doing.

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Knightedrik
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 10:40:10 PM

Amen!

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MirrorSoul
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:47:27 PM
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All i do know is that Sony owns the license to FF7 so i know sooner or later sony will pressure them to the brink for the remake. I would also love to see a Legends of Dragoon remake.(I know it wasnt square enix game but by god i loved it)

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shaydey77
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 6:25:37 PM
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It makes sense too not to make a FF7 remake. Old fans will constantly come back to look at the new games and compare the storyline to that particular title...however they realy shouldnt push their luck too far as they could end up hurting sales...

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orangpelupa
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 7:15:25 PM
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Squaresoft = great
Enix = great

squareenix = bad

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AceTatsujin
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 8:27:30 PM
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remake FFVII for PS3 only. then you can PLEASE ME. you can dump a crappy port to the 360 after you release it on the PS3.

who doesn't agree with me? only xbots.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 8:39:51 PM
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I have the Illusion of Gaia SNES cartridge. Yay me! :)

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Geobaldi
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 9:04:30 PM
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You and me both lol. Instruction book and box included :)

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Arvis
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 12:44:05 PM

GAH! You guys suck. :)

Actually, now that I think of it, I (or rather, my dad) would still have the old Illusion of Gaia cartridge as well... somewhere... *sniff*

-Arvis

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Banky A
Saturday, November 08, 2008 @ 12:09:07 AM
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A Final Fantasy VII remake with:

- that final move Cloud did to Sephiroth in Advent Children as a carefully animated bonus (Limit Break, though Omnislash on PS3 will be way cool enough)
- a special Weapon (enemy boss) downloadable content [or something down those lines]
- and anyway of making beautiful graphics without butchering the classic gameplay (would be a challenge to make a in game camera and 'world map')

I'd just be super grateful if it was just a graphical remake that didn't kill the gameplay - since the original had a fixed camera and funny (fun to watch) character movements xD.
Hell they could create a standalone Chocobo Racing PSN title (with handling [ROFL] and magic/rockets LOL) for a real cheap price just for kicks LOL. I'd buy it, cause' Chocobo breeding was awe-some.
Next gen remake for the epic motorcycle minigame anyone? xDD

LOLZ that's my wish list, but I see how flippin' hard it would be to remake that game considering how many extras it had.


BankeA

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King James
Saturday, November 08, 2008 @ 11:35:54 PM
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Square doesn't have any "desire to please" its fans.

[Yells] Hey Square, Where's my PS3 game?

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ceedot
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 1:41:18 AM
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If they were going to make a remake, they would be making it 2 years before they even say anything about it.

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BIG_E
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 2:00:01 PM
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Those fools walked out on "PS FANS"so did namco.First Square's FF13 xbox move now namco fallows with tekken6.Microsoft's noose is wide and but tight.The delay isn't ps3's hard development.My xbox 360 is sick with the ring again my ps3 has bin put to work "GO SONY".OH!by the way don't talk about cost.Its an excuse for offering bad ports if not so why isn't insomniac games,& guerrilla still not complaining.Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank these games are the s*** killzone couldn't get here any sooner.

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LunarJ
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:04:53 PM
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They get my vote for a Secret of Mana remake or new sequel! I loved that game and it's awesome music... I always thought the music made a Square game so damn memorable. Look at all the FFVII music at the OverClocked Remix site!

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Elfen-Lied
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 6:01:10 PM
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Why is everyone hating on SE?
They are a great company. They like to make money, sure... but doesn't every company?
Cummon, guys. SE is fantastic. We all know it. :P :)

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