In an exclusive interview with GameRevolution.com, FFXV Director Hajime Tabata, dripped a hint over the immense pressure Square Enix is under with development of the FFVII Remake.
When asked if he would have taken over the game after the recent shakeup with the highly hyped remake, he politely said No. He does have a good point. Read below, Brah.
GameRevolution: Would you take over the Final Fantasy VII Remake if [Square Enix] offered that one to you?
GR: No, you wouldn’t!?
Tabata: No I wouldn’t.
GR: Can I ask why?
Tabata: It’s something I couldn’t make, myself. That’s about it.
GR: Would that be a lot of pressure?
Tabata: Final Fantasy VII is a special game.
GR: It’s the big one.
Tabata: It’s such a special numbered game that I don’t think I can remake that one. There’s so many fans out there, if I were asked to satisfy all those fans, I don’t think that’s something I could do, 100%. If [Square Enix] asked me to make a new Final Fantasy and take it in a new direction, I’d be happy to accept that one, but if they asked me to remake Final Fantasy VII — to release as if it were a modern game, just released today — no, I don’t think that’s something I can do. I think the only people who could do that are Mr. (Yoshinori) Kitase and Mr. (Tetsuya) Nomura.
GR: And you say that even though you did such a good job with Crisis Core?
Tabata: Well that wasn’t VII itself.
GR: A spinoff… a prequel.
Tabata: Yeah, it wasn’t the main game. Now, if they asked me to do Final Fantasy VII-2, that might be different.
GR: Which brings us back to your new project!
*Laughter in the room*
Tabata: We haven’t got that planned!
First off, Can you really blame the guy? Final Fantasy VII means so much to some gamers, that what the final product might be, there’s a chance half the fanbase is going to take to social media to voice their concerns in the most unfriendliest of ways. That’s just the way it is these days. So yeah, best of luck to all the developers currently working on the FFVII Remake. Hope all of the fan’s expectations don’t drive you mad, keeping you up all night wondering if Cloud’s hair is the right shade of blonde.
Look for the Final Fantasy VII Remake…in 2020. Please be excited.