Square Enix will remake Final Fantasy VII under one condition

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first_imgWith all the HD updates for popular games released on older hardware making their way to the PS3 and Xbox 360, you have to wonder why Square Enix hasn’t given Final Fantasy VII the same treatment. It is by far the most popular game in the series, and the one that gamers continue to demand sees an update.Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix, was asked once again during a shareholder’s briefing yesterday whether gamers can expect a remake of the 10 million-selling PlayStation game. His response may surprise you.A FFVII remake is definitely on the cards and the Final Fantasy team would happily develop it. But Wada has one prerequisite before he would greenlight the project: Square Enix has to release a new Final Fantasy title that “exceeds the quality of FFVII.”That statement has a couple of meanings. First, it confirms that FFVII could see a return, but probably not until we’ve had the next round of console hardware based on how long it takes to develop a game on the scale of Final Fantasy. Secondly, it is Wada admitting that recent games in the series just haven’t been achieving the same quality as previous titles, and in particular the quality offered by the FFVII experience.His response is sure to frustrate fans further as it still means a FFVII remake remains a future project that may or may not happen. The question now is, can Square Enix really achieve the same quality again in a new Final Fantasy game? That all depends on what Wada means by “quality.”If quality translates to sales, then it’s going to be very tough to achieve. If you consider the only game to surpass 10 million sales this hardware generation on a single platform is Call of Duty, and even combined platforms sales of a popular game like GTA IV only managed 6.5 million, I can’t see any Final Fantasy game managing 10 million+, can you?via Andriasanglast_img

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