Despite doing so countless times in the past, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has once again denied that a Final Fantasy VII remake is in the works as reported by Andriasang. Answering a fan’s question at a recent shareholder’s meeting, Wada replied that a Final Fantasy VII remake would “put an end to the franchise” once and for all.
Since doing work to further populare the JRPG genre at launch in 1996, Final Fantasy VII has become the most successful and endearing entry in the series. Square Enix was even able to leech on its popularity a decade later with the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, a slew of games and films taking place in Final Fantasy VII‘s universe. The announced campaign led many fans to believe a remake was in the works, and an infamous Final Fantasy VII “tech demo” video released at E3 2005 to advertise the power of the PlayStation 3 all but confirmed it in many people’s minds.
Seven years later and no remake has been released, but fans just can’t leave well enough alone. Not wanting to completely rule out the prospect, Wada gave a shrouded ultimatum hinting at Square Enix’s view on the matter.
“We’ll make a Final Fantasy VII remake once we’ve made a Final Fantasy game that exceeds the quality of FFVII.”
Given the series’ recent track record and Square Enix’s new focus on Western developed games, mass appeal of Final Fantasy on the scale that FFVII reached doesn’t seem likely in the near future, nor do the chances for a remake if Wada is speaking the truth.
Final Fantasy VII is being prepped for an enhanced release on Steam in the near future, but it remains to be seen if its massive fan base will get the hint on the remake this time. It’s not happening.