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FFVII & FFXI Anniv. Square Enix interviews

May 16th, 2012 by Tony Garsow

2012 is the 15th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VII‘s release and the 10th Anniversary of Final Fantasy XI‘s inception. Famitsu sat down with Square Enix staff including Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura to discuss the past as well as the present.

As you might have been aware, there’s a large demand for a Final Fantasy VII remake — to which Tetsuya Nomura addressed fans that newer games (such as Final Fantasy Versus XIII) take precedent over such projects. Why? Nomura states that they want to create new Final Fantasy games that can surpass peoples’ expectations instead of remaking classics. A Final Fantasy VII remake or a new Final Fantasy that is just as good or better.

Nomura went on to say that Final Fantasy producer and 1st Production Department head Yoshinori Kitase is the successor to the Final Fantasy legacy after creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi, in past interviews, has also expressed his trust in Kitase as the heir tho the franchise he started.

“I still go out drinking with Yoshinori Kitase, the current producer of Final Fantasy, once in a while, and on those occasions he does tell me that it’s all fine. Sometimes, I personally complain a little bit about certain things about the franchise. But when I left Square, I left the franchise in Kitase’s hands, and he promised me he would protect and progress the Final Fantasy brand. He has been my right-hand man since round about the middle of Final Fantasy III, and therefore I have a lot of trust in him.”

In past interviews on the subject of a Final Fantasy VII remake, Kitase treads carefully — stating that there are certain pitfalls and challenges with such a project. Firstly, the company’s manpower was (and is) devoted to their current games and it would be a costly project to undertake. Secondly, there’s always the huge amount of nostalgia and high expectation to live up to — so much so that a remake may end up disappointing more fans than pleasing them.

As developers, there would be a desire to recreate the game faithfully while making tasteful improvements. This would include refining the game’s elements or removing features that didn’t work. However, many of these things — even imperfections — give the game it’s unique character as Kitase put it. With so much hype to live up to, he concluded that it might be best to keep the memory of Final Fantasy VII as it is.

On the lighter side of things, Nomura talked a bit about the development of Final Fantasy VII — letting us know that the character Yuffie was originally imagined as more of a fugitive (which isn’t a large stretch of the imagination) and her wanted poster would appear in the game. Other party members that join you would receive wanted posters, the last remaining members of AVALANCHE.

Famitsu also has an interview with the staff of Final Fantasy XI, details of which have yet to surface online. Stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network!

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  • gmoyajp

    Yeah let’s keep FFVII as a great memory,the way it is. i really agree and very smart thinking, a new FF would be nice in a old school way yes please.

    so there planning to make a game about yuffie. i think they shouldent do anything to do with FFVII period.

    looking forward to see what’s next aside from Versus.

  • Shadowcatdoll09

    If it’s not broke don’t fix it.

  • ff789n10

    Okay…I agree that it’s better to make new experiences than to recreate past glories, but what the heck Nomura. Did you forget FF X HD remaster that 1st production dept. has been working on for about a year now? Huh? What about that? It may not be huge like an FF VII remake, but it’s still a retread, not to mention random.

  • Mijeme

    I dislike how Square has hinted that there is gonna be another game so many times but have not done or said anything.

  • dan hibiki

    My dear Nomura, what you said is all good and true, but I’m afraid you’re forgetting about one little thing: giving us that damn “newer game”. Yes, THAT game.

  • Aika

    I love FF VII and it would be nice if they actually made a remake of the game, but VII isn’t the game I would like to see being remake. The FFs I really would like to see SquareEnix remaking is FFV for 3DS and FFIX for PS3. Of course I can dream all I can, because I don’t if they would ever do that. XD

    Oh and yes, give us FF versus XII you dummies, I want to play it. -_-

  • Axwind

    If what they want is to create new FF games, then how do they explain FFXIII-2? Versus XIII? Anything other than the next game in the main numbered series – FFXV? If they want to make a new game, then get FFXV moving and stop focusing on side games.

  • NecroMage

    Yeah, let ’em do Versus XIII first. Then let them try an FFVII remake, which honestly doesn’t need nearly as much gameplay tweaking as it does graphical improvement.
    But Axwind here is indeed correct. Less side-games, more moving forward.

  • dan hibiki

    @ Axwind & NecroMage
    I think Nomura mean anything but remakes with the term “newer games”. That is, both main games and side-games.

  • von

    Is it coincidence that on the 16th I found a copy of FFVII in a gameshop in the middle of nowhere?

  • gmoyajp

    FFXI much love! omg am crying. My life was spent in to FFXI with alot fans of the series. I miss all my friends and i will activate my account tommorow.

    Happy anniversary much love to XI and best FF experince with fans across the globe.

  • anony

    Happy anniversary to the ff7 and ff11.

    Like most people say, please normura don’t fail us now. Hope that versus isn’t short like how some games are and hoping to the general expectation. For me now keep the expectation to low by assuming it hit around mediorce level for me. b/c you may never know if this game might be great hit, or not?

    For belated for the ffx graphical-make (I hope it update the graphics like how oot on 3ds or mgs on gcn did it) or remaster which would be most likely, I wonder why is there no screenshots. If it doesn’t show up in e3, will be disappointing.