Nowadays, “we can we expect a FF VII remake” is pretty a common demand among the gaming masses (bordering on irritating if you ask me), so when asked, Yoichi Wada replied, “We’ll make a Final Fantasy VII remake once we’ve made a Final Fantasy game that exceeds the quality of FFVII.”
My first reaction to that: “Damn!”
My second one: Sucks to a part of every Final Fantasy team since then!
Seriously, think about that. Here you are, you’re working for over five years on the next big game from a renowned developer, pouring your heart, soul and sweat into it, and years later, the CEO of said company simply says, “It’s not as good as a past title.”
That’s got to be a huge blow to one’s ego, but are Wada’s words really justified? Sure, most modern Final Fantasy games never seem to reach the same critical or fan praise of VII, but for Wada to say that over six games since ’97 haven’t reached the same level is a critical smack to the face.
Before we head into what the future holds for Square Enix, where they actually remake FFVII, let’s take a quick look at how the main numbered series (XI excluded, of course) has done over the years.
Looking at the Metacritic and sale data of every Final Fantasy, from VII to XIII (spin offs and online games excluded), VII stands as the best-selling, but tied for second (with X and XII) critically in the series. Surely Wada and crew are aware that despite saying VII is the “peak of perfection” for the long-running series, basing a decision like this off sales alone doesn’t cut it!
To make matters worse (and possibly more confusing), Wada added, “If [Square Enix] were to release a VII remake right now, the FF franchise would be done with.” Now this is where interpretation plays a role. Is he saying that if they release a FFVII remake that they would never be able to top that, or what? That’s my personal take on what Wada said, but I’m open to hear more. Perhaps a more logical and overall nicer interpretation, please?
After the last few years, I’ve all but given up the hope for a VII remake ever happening, despite Square Enix essentially always leaving vague possibilities that it would happen. After hearing about this, though, I’m practically done wishing for one because I simply can’t stand a company treating its history and workforce with such disrespect. I may not be a fan of X and XIII, but I would never dishonor the creator’s hard work and effort in such a way.
Poor show, Wada, absolutely poor show!
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