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?

4 COMMENTS

  1. I've had no interest in buying a PS3 since it came out. If they remade FFVII for PS3, I'd buy one immediately. That's all I gotta say bout that.

  2. It is something that that every true gamer is looking for. I guarantee that should Sony release it with updated graphics, sales of consoles alone would amaze the company. And releasing a Bundle pack like they have with FF XIII would be astonishing. Everyone loved FF VII, so it is a complete loss for Sony to not re-release FF VII with updated graphics.

  3. For me it wasn’t so much any one single element that made FF7 so great, it was the combination of great characters, story, graphics/environments and, in particular, the music which elevated the game and created intense moods and themes. I think the music may be the key element though, as with another composer I’m not so sure the game would have been so great. The music coloured the characters who obviously didn’t have voices to show emotion as well as creating the perfect atmosphere and feel for every scene. Can you imagine star wars without john williams?

    The story was extremely compelling as well, the thrill of the chase trying to find sephiroth, the character backgrounds and motivations and all the twists and turns in the plot. Being set in a more modern world was very appealing and relatable too I think.

    Theres so much that made the game as good as it is!

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