It may surprise a lot of you off to hear this from me, but I really don't think we need a Final Fantasy VII remake. As a technological marvel of its time, it shows off what was capable in the early days of 3D graphics, especially when boosted with the artistry of pre-rendered backdrops. Sure, there were a few plot holes and the Materia system wasn't perfect... but would shiny new graphics really make all that better? Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games of its generation, and its graphically-superior remake was--while pretty to look at--a completely broken game compared to the original.
Whether it's necessary or not, fans continue to ask Square-Enix for said remake, and producer/designer Tetsuya Nomura clearly stated his opinion: that Square-Enix's upcoming titles take priority over remaking a fifteen-year-old RPG. Square-Enix CEO Yoichi Wada joined the discussion and put his foot down on when we could see a Final Fantasy VII remake, saying that we wouldn't see the game remade until a Final Fantasy game was made that surpassed Final Fantasy VII in quality. Wada went on further to say that if a FFVII remake were made, the Final Fantasy franchise would be done with.
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I'm a little surprised at Wada's statement, since it really belittles the Hironobu Sakaguchi-helmed return to form in IX and the smart, fluid playability of the Yasumi Matsuno-led XII. Or I could just be in the minority here, and Wada is admitting that they haven't put any A-teams on their most internationally important franchise (here's Part Two if you're curious). What do you think? Is this too much of an ultimatum, or is it just a roundabout way of saying we're never getting that remake?