Final Fantasy 7 Director – “Remake would be a huge project”

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A Final Fantasy 7 remake is not currently in development Square Enix has said, and it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon. But could there be a possibility it may make an appearance in the distant future?

In June 2012, Square Enix chief Yoichi Wada told investors that the company would  ‘only remake Final Fantasy 7 once it has made a Final Fantasy game that exceeds the quality of Final Fantasy 7’. This was the last official word on the possibility of the game making a re-appearance.

Last week, with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, it was put forward to the Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase – the person who directed Final Fantasy 7 – if the time had finally come to say put the possibility of a remake to bed.

“I can honestly tell you I would love to do that,” he replied. “If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There’s no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen.”

Kitase mentioned “staff availability and budget” as two major barriers to the project being greenlit but there’s another major barrier to the project being greenlit: Kitase’s personal motivation to create it.

“Even if I casually say I would like to do that, because it would be a huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really am prepared to take on this huge responsibility,” he said.

“I don’t know if those three things will happen simultaneously. It has to tick lots of very big boxes. I won’t rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen.

“But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I’ve done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I’m very happy with. It’s a huge thing for me.”