Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada had a discussion with shareholders recently. One statement may be particularly important to fans of Final Fantasy VII and their dreams of a remake. Wada stated that until they create a title in the franchise that exceeds the quality of VII, they have no intention of remaking the title. If they did, they feel the franchise would be dead. He also admitted that the recent entries in the popular franchise have not met their expectations, and that they have some work to do.
While this news may be a little tough to stomach for fans, it does give a nice view of the thinking behind the refusal of a remake. For so long, the answer was simply “Nope,” and now we have the reason. Another positive from Wada’s admittance of the current state of the most recent releases is that they realize they aren’t putting out the quality fans expect. Until we see something that can top FFVII, we will have to keep our hopes alive for a Steam release of the original.
Are we looking at VII with rose tinted shades and putting it on an unattainable pedestal, or has Square really put out some stinkers over the years? Personally, Final Fantasy IX is my favorite title in the series, and I think the team can top VII, let us know what you think in the comments below.