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.