Here’s a bit of a quote that is bound to set spark under the pants of a lot of Final Fantasy fans. After years and years of asking for the one remake they all want, they finally get it, but someone has to stick his nose into their happy pie.
Speaking with IGN, EA COO Peter Moore doesn’t feel too keen on the idea of remakes, pretty plainly stating that it happens when a company “feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.”
“I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes. We’re a company that just likes to push forward. For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. We don’t do that here [at EA]. I don’t think that’s ever been in our culture.”
I have a small homework assignment for you. I want you to think of an EA game that you think should have a remake. Not an HD remaster with a resolution boost on top of resources that already exist. A straight, from the ground up remake. Now, I want you to think of a Square Enix game that you want to see remade under the same rules. I think about 95 percent out there will agree that one of those two should be much easier than the rest.
Not that there is nothing wrong about that, but Square Enix simply has a draw that lets players look both forward and back. It has classics that still bring smiles to the faces of its fans and a future where those classics could find their way into embracing hands, be it as remakes or sequels. Is Square Enix out of ideas? Hardly, but it also happens to have the biggest remake of all time on its hands.
Running a culture based on only looking forward means you’ll never establish that legacy to look back on when your audience is old enough to feel the euphoria of nostalgia. Cranking out game after game after game means nothing will gel into a classic that fans want to see again. They’ll be too busy worried about Battlefield 23 by that point and not long for the good ol’ days of Battlefield 4. Totally different culture.
Again, nothing wrong with that. Square Enix and EA just have found different ways to succeed. And I agree with Peter Moore that EA shouldn’t make remakes because its games are designed to live in the moment, not to be favorites years down the road. I disagree with him in that it has nothing to do with not having new ideas, seeing how Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy VII back through a whole new light in a whole new battle system and has a line-up of brilliant new titles as well.
I also agree that remakes are not always a great idea either. It could lead to some pretty disastrous results.