At this year’s E3, Square Enix announced that they’re going to do what almost every Final Fantasy fan has been waiting impatiently for. There’s going to be a full-scale HD remake of Final Fantasy VII for the PS4. While this may sound like joyous news for the game’s legions of fans, I can’t help but think that this might be a terrible mistake on the part of a company now known for bad ideas.
Let’s think about this for a moment. The Square Enix of today is not the same company that produced the older Final Fantasy games, or even the old version of Final Fantasy VII. Today, Square Enix is primarily focused on announcing games and making them look good. The newest Final Fantasy games demonstrate that the company has turned Final Fantasy into such a hot mess that they have no idea how to handle it anymore. They could barely handle Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which in the end became Final Fantasy XV, and even then they still haven’t finished it yet. Who in Square Enix decided to add to Square’s already cramped schedule?
If that’s not a good enough reason why this is a bad idea, then let’s forgo Square’s dysfunctional management and blatant ego problems and go straight to what kind of game Final Fantasy VII would be. While I don’t particularly like Final Fantasy VII, I at least see why fans would love it. The bottom line, however, is that if the original game was so great, then why does it need an upgrade? Sure, the graphics have aged terribly, but that’s happened with several games from the 90’s. If it were me, I’d rather play a game that didn’t look as good as the games with next-gen graphics as long as it played well, rather than a game that looks great but is designed poorly.
The idea of a Final Fantasy VII remake seems little more to me than a pretentious money-making exercise designed to cash in on the more gullible Final Fantasy fans. We already have several remakes of the older games, as well as an entire Compilation of Final Fantasy VII library. Do we really need another remake, let alone one that serves to make an already complex game more overblown, bloated and pompous than it already was? For me, the answer is no. In fact, at best, this is basically an attempt by Square to get some good PR for a decaying franchise that should have retired a decade ago.