Why An FFVII Remake Wouldn't Be A PS3 Exclusive
You know, that Final Fantasy VII Legacy article got me thinking... Thing is, as some of you said in the Comments, it's impossible to post up a story with FFVII in the headline and not immediately think, "holy crap, they're talking about a remake!" Well, even if we were, you should probably resign yourselves to the fact that if it ever happened, it likely wouldn't be exclusive to the PlayStation 3.
We've all assumed that this would be the case, but as time has gone on, and we've gotten a closer look at Square-Enix's business practices, PS3 exclusives seem less and less likely. Yeah, we still have Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but that game might not release until something like 2047. Then there's the obvious evidence: The Last Remnant debuting on the 360, Star Ocean: The Last Hope being a 360 exclusive, and a definite emphasis on portable titles (thankfully, the PSP is still included). Furthermore, if we're part of a Square-Enix corporate meeting, and they're discussing the possibility of a FFVII remake, I can't imagine anyone saying, "yeah, let's only make it so about 22 million people have access to it, rather than 50 million people (include the 360 user base)." These days, that philosophy works the same way; it seems almost as ridiculous to want to only cater to 28 million rather than the full 50 million for a multiplatform release.
Now, all the PlayStation fans will say the same thing: "FFVII was exclusive, and it's likely that most of the hardcore fans are still PlayStation fans. Hence, a remake should be exclusive to the PS3." We understand that logic. We do. We even agree with it. But as gaming has become more mainstream and has all the traits of big global business, it makes little sense to assume such a giant release would be limited to one platform. There's really only one chance left: if Square-Enix dives fully into the as-yet-untapped capabilities of the PS3 and opts to focus entirely on that piece of hardware for the remake. There's even the remote possibility that they began working on the idea some time ago, with only the PS3 in mind. If you want to entertain this train of thought, feel free. But logically speaking, taking all factors into account, we should probably abandon the idea that a FFVII remake would automatically be a PS3 exclusive...it just doesn't make much sense anymore.
For the record, no, we don't believe any such project is in the works. As far as we're concerned, the rumor is dead. But we know it's not amongst much of the gaming public, which is why we had to address this: if a FFVII remake ever does come into existence, it will probably be made for both the PS3 and 360. That's just the way it is.
3/5/2009 Ben Dutka