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Could A FFVII Remake Be Kickstarted?

Yes, I'm aware that it sounds absurd. But is it possible?

Most Kickstarter projects only ask for a few thousand or maybe a few hundred thousand dollars. It has proven to be a highly successful endeavor and it has resulted in a great many promising projects. So if Square Enix remains illogically and irrationally resistant to the idea of a Final Fantasy VII remake, what if some ambitious developers and fans got together to see if they could make it happen?

Obviously, Square Enix would have to be involved in some capacity, right? You need the Final Fantasy licensing for the project, I'm sure. But if you got some old S-E developers, perhaps even a few who worked on FFVII and have expressed interest in returning to the game, what if they tried to Kickstart it? What do you think the response would be like? There's typically a set amount of time to gather the start-up money necessary; it's often a month or something like that. But you'd need several million for this project, wouldn't you? Is that impossible...? Maybe not.

It'd be very interesting to see how much a project like this could bring in from volunteer donations. Enough petitions have circulated over the past decade to indicate a gigantic amount of money coming into a Kickstarter campaign for a true FFVII remake. Of course, you need at least a few donors who have big-time resources and means, but who's to say those people won't show up to contribute? I'm sure it probably can't be done, but I see no harm in wishing. ;)

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII

Tags: final fantasy vii, ffvii remake, final fantasy vii remake, kickstarter

3/10/2013 9:49:28 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

DIsmael85
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 10:11:53 PM
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I would just let this go now. It's a bit redundant to hope that Square-Enix would even do it. I love Final Fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed 7 back in the day, but I just don't care enough now for a remake.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 10:21:44 PM
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I'd fund it all myself if I were a rich man, the bigger problem over getting the money is that nobody actually trusts Square Enix even with their own properties. We couldn't trust them not to ruin it somehow.

Maybe there can be a kickstarter for "Final Phantasy VII Remake" and someone else can retell the stories of "Claude Styfe," "Tiffany Locket" and "Erin Gaines". :)

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gumbi
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 10:36:19 PM
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The Ouya kickstarter campaign raised over $8 million, so I'm sure it's feasible. I'd throw $60 - $100 at it, maybe more depending on what backer incentives they came up with.

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Vitron
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 11:47:20 PM
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Ben, just let it go, you fought well...*sarcasm* ;)

LOL, but jokes aside I'd support it in any possible way if that happened.

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ryu
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 12:54:34 AM

lol it's true

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Raze22
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 1:27:59 AM
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To be fair, I think there is more of a chance of FF7 being remade than TLOD. That just makes me so sad =(

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dmiitrie
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 3:07:13 AM
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I suppose it's possible, but I'd really doubt it. People who don't follow Kickstarter much have to understand a few things.

First, people are not making next gen console games with it. The most ambitious projects to date have mainly been isometric rpgs remeniscent of pc classics like Baldur's Gate or Planescape: Torment. On top of that, no project (that I'm aware of) is on any console. To date, they're all pc and/or mobile. I don't know exactly what hoops Sony or Microsoft make devs jump through to put a game on their systems. And while I"m sure SE would have no problem there, it'll be just one more thing.

Next, although some games have done very well for themselves, getting 2 or 3 times what they asked for, the most successful game to date (excluding the Ouya, as it's not a game) is just shy of 4 mil.

So, even if FFVII doubled that, we're still talking about less than 10 mil. I'm sure you make an FFVII that is greatly improved from what it was originally, but considering that FFXII (from last gen) cost nearly 5 times that, I'm not sure how big of a difference it actually would be.

So yeah, it may be theoretically possible for SE to Kickstart FFVII, but based on what other games have done up to this point, even assuming that it's more than twice as succesful as the most successful game to date, we'd probably be looking at a PC game with early to mid PS2 graphics. Something tells me that that's not what most people have in mind when they dream about this game.

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ChadWSmith
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 3:49:48 PM

The genres of games being funded on Kickstarter have nothing to do with whether this would work or not. Yes, point and click adventure games, 3rd person RPGs are some of the biggest titles so far - but that is just because those are the types of games that fans want that are not getting produced. There is no reason to back a FPS - because everyone and their dog is producing FPS today. Same for sports titles or whether other currently-popular-selling genre that you don't see on Kickstarter.

The whole reason developers (like Obsidian, DoubleFine, and inXile) turn to Kickstarter is because they know there are fans out there who want the game, but they can't convince the publishers of that.

For a FF 7 remake to work, SquareEnix - or one of the developers they work with/own - would have to want to do it. No fan-started / grass-roots kickstarter would do. The group would have to have legal rights to the content.

After that - bringing it to consoles would not be a problem at all. S-E has the connections to do that. The reason most, if not all, Kickstarter games are not on consoles has nothing to do with Microsoft or Sony blocking them - but just that publishing to a console is expensive. The developers either don't have the money to do that - or they'd rather spend the Kickstarter money on making the game better - not just throwing it into Sony's or Microsoft's pockets.

I do not think a Final Fantasy 7 remake will ever happen - and personally, I don't care. I liked FF 6 better anyway. But the fact is, they promised a FF X remake, and we have seen nothing about that since. And it was just one generation back.

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Douchebaguette
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 3:45:18 AM
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I would worry less about whether or not Square-Enix will make a remake, and begin worrying on how if they did that it's very likely they'd screw it up. Tetsuya Nomura's imagining on Cloud Strife has taken a plunge since the original game, turning into an annoying depressed melancholic self loathing piece of sh*t. Then you got other fucvk ups, such as the complete fuck up of the story (Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, Advent Children - basically every 'sequel' or 'prequel' to FFVII. I consider all that crap spin-offs since how terrible and story & character screwing they actually are.

Then you have SE's tendency to actually ruin gameplay all together and make possibly the worst decisions known in gaming history. They would f**K up FFVII to high seventh heaven and turn it into the 8th Circle of Hell; you'll get to feel their inevitable treachery at that point.

Stop wondering if it'll ever happen, and begin worrying instead. Square will need to completely be leashed again and focus revamped into something less self-destructive before they could ever dream of a remake.

Speaking of remake, rumours go round of how Versus XIII battle gameplay has been changed to be more traditional (ATB) with a few elements of FFXII. So like Ni No Kuni? Not bad.

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DeathOfChaos
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 4:15:38 AM
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Look at Ouya's kickstarter, it raised more than $7 Million more than they were asking for, and that's just a littl box running Android, lol. Imagine the best selling Final Fantasy title asking for support on creating an HD remake of the game. The only from thing wrong with an HD FFVII is that expectations are way too high. On the other hand, if they successfully recreate an older FF title in glorious current or next gen glory, then Square Enix may see where they've been going wrong for so long.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 2:54:03 AM

I guess you get thumbed down for agreeing nowadays, huh? Lol xD

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___________
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 5:03:06 AM
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no it couldent.
why?
because $E is far too arrogant and stuck up to ever turn to something such as crowd funding.
i refer you to cervats comments on why they wont put up a kickstarter for timesplitters 4.
were too big a company to be looking to crowd funding, something along the lines of that his comments were.
$E would say the same thing.

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squibbfire
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 7:55:08 AM
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PSX should promote one....and when word gets out...it wouldn't surprise me if more people start to donate money...this would definitely be global. After all how much really does it costs to make remake of a game that already exists!

I say someone should start a kickstarter ASAP!

Get the word out!

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gumbi
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 10:01:01 AM
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This is actually a really good question. And would be an interesting social experiment. If SE really put the decision to us, the fans, what would the response be?

If SE said "We need a commitment of $60 million to make this game happen." and then put it to us to put our money where our mouth is... would we do it? At the very least, it would settle the argument. If the goal wasn't achieved SE could say with confidence "We tried, but the fans don't want it bad enough for us to do it."

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 10:36:58 AM
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It would get a lot of attention no doubt but enough to fund the 3-4 year (Or longer knowing S-E...) of a fully HD Final Fantasy VII... I just can't see it happening and like everytime the topic of the FF7 remake appears I will once again state there is no need for it. Final Fantasy VII is fine the way it is and very accessible. PS3's still play PS1 discs or you can get it off the PS Store and it was even re-released not to long ago for PC.

The project is doomed from the start as they wold never live up to audience expectations not ever. It would create such arguments between everyone. If they add a new battle system or a new score, the voice acting being off or the World map looking childish... There is just no way they can pull it off. It was a product of its time and one that excelled for its time but a remake simply would not capture the magic - If anything just look at the Gamecube remake of Metal Gear Solid 1, the gameplay is good but it completely lacks the atmosphere of the original game.

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Temjin001
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:12:17 AM

Frankly, I pretty much agree. I like FFVII how it is. I wonder if it would come across different with voice acting and fancy high res graphics that look more realistic and music that's been remade.
I think the problem isn't JUST getting it green lighted to happen. But for S-E to get it done the right way so fans don't moan and groan like brats.

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Underdog15
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 8:12:49 PM

I used mods to improve graphics and use orchestral versions of music. The music upgrade alone makes the experience superior.

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SmokeyPSD
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 5:08:09 AM

In the end I did away with the upgraded visuals but the using the music worse definitely worth it.

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Temjin001
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:08:54 AM
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Yah, I'd give a little to get this game remade.

Rumor has it Yu Suzuki is contemplating doing this to get Shenmue 3 done. Now that would get a nice grip of cash from me. Only on one condition, though. Shenmue 1 & 2 needs a re-release. Preferebly with modern dual analog controls, not the tank-style ones from DC's days ;)

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:22:47 AM

Oh if that happens I'll more than happily contribute. I would even accept a Shenmue III running on the same graphics and game engine as the previous 2 games and just tweaked for a release on the Playstation Store/Xbox Market Place.

But yes, I would also love Shenmue 1 & 2 on the PS Store, it really is the only reason I keep my Dreamcast now - they done it with Sonic Adventure's, Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and more how can they miss out the games that define the doomed console.

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xenris
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 4:15:06 PM

I would drop 100 bucks on Shenmue 3. I NEED TO SEE what happens after 2. The ending was such a stinking cliff hanger!

I seriously love those games, they were so ahead of their time.

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LowKey
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 12:32:18 PM
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I thought I felt a disturbance in the force. It was Ben getting all squirrely. lol

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Kryten1029a
Monday, March 11, 2013 @ 11:15:30 PM
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Kickstarter was meant as a means for smaller devs and established folks like Brian Fargo and Tim Shafer to get financing for projects that no publisher would back. That's not the problem with Square-Enix. They could make it happen if they wanted to without going to Kickstarter.
With S-E, it's less a matter of money than follow through. They love revealing games and doing a flashy intro more than actually making games. Their big contribution to the Playstation meeting was a tech demo that we'd already seen and an announcement of an announcement at E3!
They know how beloved FF7 is and if they wanted to make it, then they would just do so. External money wouldn't make a difference.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 2:59:16 AM
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Taking the ORIGINAL FFVII game, revamping all the textures into 1080p quality, smoothing out all the polygonal jaggedness, and just fixing anything else (no matter how minor) would be a 100% guarantee day 1 buy for me. If they were to go through this process with VII, VIII, & IX and release them all as a collection together, it would be considered the BEST HD collection ever created in my opinion. In all honesty, that's all Playstation 1 classics need to become HD, they just need touching up and remastered. PS2 HD Collections aren't being completely rebuilt from the ground up, so why should PS1games be?

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