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.

Categories: PS3 News, Xbox 360 News

11 Responses so far.

  1. *sings, to the tune of Lampchops Play-along*

    This is the news that never ends.
    Yes it goes on and on my friends.
    Squenix wants to remake it not knowing what it wants.
    And they’ll keep flogging this dead horse forever just because…
    This is the news that never ends.
    Yes it goes on and on my friends…

    Joe Pomerening   [ 16:43, March 20th, 2010 ]

    @Michael O’Connor, Having watched Lambchop’s Play-Along as a kid, this was magical. Thank you.

  2. Kyle Gaddo says:

    yes, because nobody has ever talked about this.

    ever.

    can we just stop updating about this?

  3. Norlick says:

    I don’t even get all the furore about FF7, much less a remake.
    A FF7 remake on a High Def console is the last thing I’d buy.
    I mean I don’t know if any of the guys at Squeenix have played FF7 NOW, as apposed to using retro-goggles, but those that have will probably agree it’s not a game that’s aged well, and that the story isn’t gonna be very shocking when everyone knows all the big plot twists and ending.
    FF7 isn’t like FF6; Its fun factor has a use-by date, at least to me.

    Kyle Gaddo   [ 22:19, March 21st, 2010 ]

    @Norlick,

    FF7 still carries charisma with it. It was the first of its kind–3D-based RPG on a console and pushed a lot of things.

    Sometimes I still wish that FF8 had come out in its place and FF7 had come out later, that way FF7 could’ve had all the fancy graphical updates and whatnot. You know, sans Popeye arms.

    If there was to be a remake of FF6, I would want it to be very similar to the DS remake of FF4. That was just brilliant, in my opinion.

    Norlick   [ 03:07, March 22nd, 2010 ]

    @Kyle Gaddo I know what you mean but I wasn’t really bothered by the character models after the first hour, and I agree that it has charisma, and that when it tries it is very engrossing and cool.
    What killed it for me is that these moments were fleeting compared to the bulk of the game that felt, to me, like boring grindage.

    I should also probably clarify my earlier post; I’d love a remake of any of the pre PS2-era Final Fantasy’s if they’re on DS or PSP, I just don’t really understand the want to play high-definition versions of outdated games — the game is still outdated in the end, assuming they don’t make huge changes to update it.

    Kyle Gaddo   [ 03:45, March 22nd, 2010 ]

    @Norlick,

    A lot of changes would have to come. Updates to the story to make it feel fresh, as well as probably adding a fair amount of new content. An entirely new script would probably be instituted to make up for the misspellings and translation errors from the original cut.

    It’d be quite a task, I’m sure, especially with a game as popular as 7. I personally don’t want a remake. :T

  4. Kyle Gaddo says:

    Next update about an FF7 remake should be a picture of a dead horse.

    Michael O'Connor   [ 07:31, March 22nd, 2010 ]

    @Kyle Gaddo, Ugh.

  5. Jens Erik Vaaler says:

    As much as I love Final Fantasy VII, I don’t really see SqueEnix remaking it, ever. It was a great game, sure, but the way they keep dancing around the issue makes me think it won’t happen. Maybe as a final ditch effort at saving the JRPG genre.

    Besides, those who love it have probably already played it to death, and imagine the confusion on the faces of the younger FF fans who came to the games through XII or XIII. Suddenly VII comes out and everyone goes “WTF?”

  6. Samuel says:

    If this doesn’t happen, I will kill myself. Luckily, no-one has said for definite that it won’t. Bring on my remake, Squenix, I’ve been waiting a whole long time for this.

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