Here's How Square Enix Can Avoid Ruining The FFVII Remake
I'm only going to say this once, Square Enix, so listen closely. And bear in mind that I'm fairly certain I speak for the overwhelming majority of Final Fantasy VII fans.
Here's how you can avoid turning the upcoming remake into a total travesty. And don't pretend that's not a risk; we've all seen your track record with this once-great franchise. So, here it is:
Do not erase, merely add.
There, did you get that? Maybe you should read it again, just in case. It's pretty straightforward if you think about it; you simply have to refrain from chopping up this classic RPG and turning it into something that is not an RPG. We all know you won't put in the same turn-based mechanic and yeah, I know why. However, there are ways to update that mechanic without completely changing it. If you want clues, you might want to look at games like Child of Light.
Many developers, especially on the indie side of things, have proven that you can get very creative with turn-based systems. However, I know you guys don't like to do that. Based on Final Fantasy XV, I think we all know which direction you're going with the FFVII remake. But you might want to consider reigning in the impulse to go too nuts. In fact, I think a version of the mechanic in Final Fantasy XIII-2 would work exceedingly well.
Now, if you want to make a real-time action game - with the emphasis on action as opposed to role-playing - then it's your funeral. You can add story elements and even give the dialogue a much-needed update. You can add new systems and even new characters. You cannot subtract. Perhaps just leave the old systems in place for those of us who have no interest in action? Other remakes have done it, so why can't you?
Above all else, you need to retain the core, the spirit of FFVII. I already see it languishing under that seemingly darker tone and style. If you stray too far and this is unrecognizable as FFVII, then it will be the apocalypse in the eyes of die-hard fans. Really, this isn't difficult; just make everything better without losing the original focus. You can do that, can't you?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII Remake
6/18/2015 9:47:24 PM Ben Dutka