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President Yoichi Wada on a FFVII remake

June 26th, 2012 by Tony Garsow

Square Enix’s annual shareholders meeting presented an opportunity for shareholders to ask the company president and CEO Yoichi Wada a myriad of questions regarding the company’s goals and products. One such question involved the possibility of a Final Fantasy VII remake at some future junction.

Mr. Wada replied that the company will not attempt a remake of Final Fantasy VII because they want to create new Final Fantasy games that could potentially live up to or surpass FFVII’s success. Perhaps when that happens, Wada hints, is when we’ll see a remake of that game. If they were to make a Final Fantasy VII remake right now, the franchise would be over — or perhaps all other current projects would have to be sacrificed to make it a possibility.

He went on to say that Final Fantasy’s recent history has not met the same caliber as Final Fantasy VII, echoing the statement he had made before about the Final Fantasy brand being damaged by Final Fantasy XIV’s critical and commercial stumble. While the brand may have been damaged, Square Enix has taken great strides to repair its image — an example of which being the forthcoming release of Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 looking better and better with each new release of information.

The echoing sentiment amongst Square Enix staff involved with Final Fantasy is that they desire and work towards making the series amazing again — rather than merely meeting expectations.

Via: FF-Reunion

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  • UndeadNecroMage

    They are admitting the truth. I’m more pleased by that than any other news that could be given.

  • TheLastFantasy

    This is something me and my friends have been thinking about since about 2008, they want to overcome 7, not live in it’s shadow. And I bet they are counting on versus 13 which certainly looks like a jewel already.
    I understand that FF hasn’t been meeting the expectations of fans (most notably the FF13 series, and FF14) But i think it’s important that SE knows that we loved all the past ones (FF1-12) I just think they need to stick with a director and writer such as Tesuya Nomura his projects have proved to be very consistent

  • meep

    That…was beautiful

  • anony

    TheLastFantasy’ post true dat and the best post you made so far, You deserve a cookie and wada for now. That was kool.

    Don’t forgot ito who is missing from action for big scale game, we don’t know what is he working other then a simple game.

    Some interview some months ago, was interview sakaguchi asking question who would be good fit to continue the final fantasy, he answered ito. (Not sure if this is true.)

  • TheLastFantasy

    @anony
    lolz thanks i’ll take that cookie :3 Yes you are absolutely right, Ito is definitely missing here and i hope he returns to the scene aswell. All of his projects were different but they worked.
    It’s great to try to overcome your great accomplishments in the past. I just hope that square enix doesn’t try too hard @_@