Advent Children: End Of FFVII Compilation "For Now"
The infuriating process continues: someone says something to ignite more controversy and speculation, and within a few days, we find evidence that puts a major crimp in any optimistic theory.
As most fans know, Square-Enix has worked on and produced several installments in what they call the "Final Fantasy VII Compilation" series, and it has included titles like Dirge of Cerberus for the PS2, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP, and the film, "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children." Hence, one would assume that if a next-gen remake of FFVII was indeed in the works, it would fall under that "Compilation" umbrella. Unfortunately, as European gaming site PS3Life.nl reports, Square-Enix says the Blu-Ray release of "Advent Children" marks the end of any new entries "for now." At a special screening last weekend for the movie - which released in BD format on April 16 in Japan - producer Shinji Hashimoto said it was the last Compilation installment...at least for the time being. He wouldn't rule out anything in the future, but just don't expect anything any time soon. Returning to what Yoshinori Kitase said, about how a FFVII remake would certainly require "a lot of thought and work," it seems that such a project would take quite a while...and they likely haven't started it yet. And let's face it: they may never.
And so, another minor blip in the ongoing saga has once again resulted in a flatline; a long, drawn-out, "beeeeep," if you will. Perhaps it's just time to pull the plug, although we've said that before...
4/26/2009 Ben Dutka