FFVII Re-Release: Proof That A Remake Would Be Lucrative
I hate to do this. I really do. But it's just one of those logical trains of thought that give a man hope, despite the fact that said train could be a runaway.
So Final Fantasy VII is now available to download in digital form from the PlayStation Store. It went up during the week of E3 and since that time - in only about three weeks, mind you - it has been purchased over 100,000 times. At $9.99 a pop, that's some decent money for the people behind the scenes and it proves something else, beyond any shadow of a doubt: FFVII is still huge. For my part, I have always considered FFVII to be the best RPG I've ever played, but...well, that was 12 years ago. I'm well aware of how gamers tend to deify certain games over long spans of time (thanks, nostalgia), but given the gigantic technology gap and this whole new generation of gamers who never even had a PS1, I would've expected to see FFVII's popularity fade. Granted, all those people downloading FFVII may be long-time fans who just want to play it again, but I get the feeling that at least some of the purchasers are new adopters. You know, those who have always heard about it but never got the chance to play it.
This gives me hope. Because if there's one thing Square-Enix responds to, it's the potential for big profit. Perhaps they too believed that FFVII had lost some of its luster, especially outside of Japan. And yes, they're clearly more interested in catering to the worldwide demographic these days. But what if the world just proved that they want a remake? Up until this point, I understood Square-Enix's reluctance; it would take time and resources that are probably better spent on the future. But now, it almost seems silly not to do that which is bound to be huge... Obviously, it still seems incredibly unlikely, as S-E has their hands full with many projects; FFXIII, FF Versus XIII, FFXIV, FF Agito XIII, etc. I seriously doubt they can "squeeze in" a FFVII remake project, which they've already said would have to be huge (in terms of time and manpower). But even so, this re-release of FFVII is verifiable proof that this game is, and remains, legendary. We never had such proof before.
Yeah, I want Kingdom Hearts 3, too. But I think it's very clear now that an immense number of people would respond to a FFVII remake and in the end, it may be the only game that actually steps across all time boundaries. A remake would not only cater to the original fans of the game, but due to its continued legacy, it would also appeal to members of the new generation who would love to see what all the fuss is about...provided it comes to them in a next-gen format. Hell, some have already wanted to see it with the original graphics, so what does that tell you? Furthermore, you've got "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" out there, keeping the spirit of the game alive, and keeping the name in the public eye. Look, I know it'll probably never happen, but when we have empirical evidence like this, it gets me thinking...
6/25/2009 Ben Dutka