Final Fantasy 7 Director: HD Remake Would Have New Features

By Pete Haas 2011-11-28 11:34:03 discussion comments
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It's possible that Square Enix will, after years of nagging by fans, release an enhanced remake of Final Fantasy VII. However, FF7 director Yoshinori Kitase says that a remake would not simply be the same game with high-def graphics.

"If I may speak as a game creator, if we were to produce a remake of VII, for example, I would be really tempted to delete things and add new elements, new systems or whatever because if we were to make exactly the same thing now, it'd be like a repeat," Kitase told OXM UK.

"It'd be an issue of repetition and not as much fun to make such a game. So I'd be really interested in rearranging games or reshaping games into something slightly different even though it's supposed to be the same game. But if we did that, the fans might be disappointed or 'this is not what I was expecting' so in that sense maybe some might say that it's better to let memory be memory."

Kitase admits that nostalgia makes things tricky. Players might be attached to some of the flaws from the original game.

"Those slightly negative features and bits, for some of the really enthusiastic fans of these titles, that gives the game extra flavour or personality or whatever. So maybe they would rather we didn't do anything about it and we just leave it in as it is. It's very difficult to decide what we should we keep in and what we should take out."

Still, if a gamer is interested in nostalgia, they can just download the original version of FF7 through PSN. Square Enix should be allowed to experiment a bit with an HD version. They could use it as a testing ground for features they might want to include in future FF games.
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