Together with the announcement of The Last Guardian and Shenmue 3, Sony really won fans over when they said Square Enix will begin working on a remake. Although I wasn’t there, it was clear from my laptop screen that fans attending E3 lost their minds. However, just as I suspected, the game will not be a carbon copy of the original PS1 game with improved visuals. The director of the remake, Tetsuya Nomura, got in touch with Wired.co.uk and confirmed a few details about the game and the direction he is taking. Here are a few snippets:
“In terms of taking a such an iconic game and giving it a fresh feel, we can’t go into too much detail but we’re not intending for this to become a one-to-one remake, or just the original Final Fantasy VII with better graphics,” Nomura says.
“We don’t want to interfere with what makes the original title so iconic,” Nomura explains. “There are certain plot points we don’t want to interfere with or disturb, nor will we want to change elements that fans have very big attachments to.”
“My goal with the remake is to make it apply to the current era, the current generation of players that are going to be coming into contact with or playing FFVII for the first time through this remake,” Nomura continues. “I want to make it so it’s relevant to the modern era, as well as having an element of surprise.”
“It has to be something that riles up this sense of wonder and amazement. I don’t want to change it so much that it’s unrecognisable, but make sure that it’s something fresh and new [yet still] recognisable as FFVII. That’s what I’ll be keeping in mind as I work on this.”
This isn’t something that a lot of fans will like to hear, but it’s not unreasonable considering that FFVII is currently 18 years old. So, even though you really want the old combat system to remain, just think of how juxtaposed the dated combat will look with Advent Children-like graphics.
I do have a few of my own concerns, but until we know more I won’t let it bother me. Having said that, the mere fact that we will eventually get to play Final Fantasy VII again fills me with joy. Then there’s the HD port coming out later this year (release date is still unconfirmed, despite recent rumours) which should satisfy my thirst a little.