Those who thought the wait for Final Fantasy XIII was a long one probably couldn’t handle the time it would take for Final Fantasy VII remake to release were Square Enix to announce it. When asked by TechDigest about FFVII, Yoshinori Kitase predicted that the time to create a remake of the beloved RPG would be a decade or more.
“If it were possible that we had all the right facilities and the right environment to be able to make and prepare a FFVII remake within a year, we’d very much like a go at it!” Kitase said. “But even FFXIII has taken over three and a half years to create. If we were to recreate FFVII with the same level of graphical detail as you see in FFXIII, we’d imagine that that would take as much as three or four times longer than the three and a half years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So it’s looking pretty unrealistic!”
The reasoning for the added development time is partially due to the amount of towns and other explorable areas that FFVII had to offer – something that was avoided with FFXIII’s linear nature. Given the difference between what time they are willing to devote and the time Kitase states is necessary, it seems pretty grim for gamers looking forward to seeing Cloud’s adventure in current gen glory. Kitase did leave the interview with one last shred of hope though.
“But if any such situation came about by any remote chance, then yes, we’d do it!”