Final Fantasy Distant Worlds composer Arnie Roth has backtracked on the rumor he started about a Final Fantasy XII “remake.” Roth fired off comments at a concert in Pittsburgh stating that Square Enix was producing the remake, and he claimed that his words came straight from Final Fantasy XII’s composer, Hitoshi Sakimoto.
Turns out, Roth also has to apologize for some confusion on the matter, and he does so in an open letter.
In response to comments posted by fans, I want to rectify a statement made from the stage Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy concert in Pittsburgh.
Following conversations with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto regarding new concert arrangements of music from Final Fantasy XII, regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert.
We sincerely regret any confusion this has caused.
Producer and Music Director
Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy
It might be splitting hairs, but this letter does nothing to outright deny the rumor. It merely apologizes for the word “remake” being used improperly, possibly meaning he meant to say “remaster.” There is a difference between the two, as I pointed out in my initial article.
“Remake” implies from the ground up a brand new game, like Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil. “Remaster” indicates the game is using the same resources, just boosted up to HD resolutions. If this is what Roth is refering to, it’s a common mistake to make, and that is what he apologized for.
He apologizes for nothing about starting the rumor in general. Sorry, but this isn’t going away. I’m still convinced it’s happening, more so than ever since he wasn’t told to outright deny it.