While being interviewed at GDC 2010 regarding Final Fantasy XIII, Motomu Toriyama shared some interesting facts about the future of the Final Fantasy series.
What may be the most interesting piece of the interview was when Toriyama was asked which Final Fantasy game he would like to remake.
“That would be Final Fantasy VII! If we had the manpower and the time to work on a project, if we were to remake Final Fantasy VII with the quality of Final Fantasy XIII it would become a tremendous project. If we can get the number of people we need by all means that would be the one I would really want to remake.”
As if anybody expected any other answer.
Does this mean that we’re going to see a remake of Final Fantasy VII? Not necessarily. Toriyama brings up a good point that many fanboys (and fangirls) miss when they cry for a FFVII remake, which is that it takes a lot of resources to produce a game. It takes a lot of time, money, and energy to produce a game, even if you’re remaking one. You also run the risk of the fans not liking it due to the inevitable changes.
And by inevitable changes, there is no doubt that if Square Enix suddenly dumped a few hundred employees into a FF VII remake project with no fear of financial loss, there will be changes to the game. Final Fantasy VII was a great game… For its time. The game doesn’t own up to today’s standards (and I’m not talking about graphics), so there would obviously be changes to gameplay, possibly some reworking of the overworld to suit the game better, and new dialog (don’t hold your breath on Square Enix leaving Cloud’s “Off course!” in a remake).
Minor rant aside, the interview with Toriyama is really interesting and he sheds some light on some other aspects of Final Fantasy’s series, such as the possibility of utilizing 3D technology for future titles.
Check out the full interview at Silicon Era.