In an interesting interview with 1up, Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase (also the director behind FFVIII in 1997), talks about why he thinks so many fans desperately want a Final Fantasy VII remake. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
“I think there’s such a strong voice out there for the Final Fantasy VII remake because with Final Fantasy VII, when it first came out, the characters were really the core of the game … The CG 3D technology enabled us to create characters that seemed more relatable and more real in every way.”
They were more life-like than in any other FF title. But now, technology has evolved so far; in Final Fantasy XIII, we’re able to breathe more life into the characters. I think people really want to see the characters they love in a more realistic form. There were no voices back then, for instance. I think adding all these new layers to the characters is something fans really would like to see.”
I’ll buy part of what he is trying to sell but I won’t agree that realism alone is the only reason. I’m pretty sure gamers just flat out fell in love with the characters. Many have come since then and I rarely hear an argument stating that any of them are better/more fleshed out than the non-speaking characters introduced in FFVIII. Use the Star Wars analogy — the first three films featured characters that people love to this day, and though Lucas created more technically advanced sequels, the characters just didn’t have the same flare.
What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you buy the reality argument or do you simply feel that the characters and plot in FFVIII were just flat out better than anything we’ve seen since?