Square Enix’s CEO has claimed that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would be a difficult proposition indeed, which by his estimation could take 10 times the development time Final Fantasy XIII took.

Square Enix CEO Wada tweeted thus:

Regarding an FF7 remake:

We get this question all the time from lots of countries. At this level of quality it took us 3-4 years to finish FF13, but if we were to finish a FF7 remake at the same level of quality it would take 10 times as long, so it’s a difficult issue and not just something we could start at any time.

However, with the request being so frequent it’s something we keep to heart.

Naturally there are those who are quick to begin making disparaging comments about the relationship between Final Fantasy XIII’s notorious linearity and the likely development time (“It’s because there are towns!”), as well as those who are left wondering about Square Enix’s constant vacillations over the feasibility of such a remake in the face of what must already be the most anticipated remake of videogame history.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This remind me of Chrono Trigger 3D remake (AKA Chrono Resurrection), which actually quit impressive & proved that it's doable. Too bad SE decided to kill it, even though many have expressed they want a CT remake & SE refused to make one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_Resurrection

    Now, do we need someone "attempt" to make a HD FF7 just to prove that it's doable?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean the HD modding of the PC version of 7 doesn't count?

    Shame square killed the CT project, especially since the devs offered to take no money for their efforts, just that their names be in the credits when released.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather play the original FF7, but a remake is fine too... but i cant wait 30 - 40 years, i'll probably die already

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hardly think it's take them 30-40 years, but even if it would they should stop talking about it and just do it
    Even if only a side project, it'd make them a lot of money
    Then they should remake 10 while they're at it

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they admit, that FF7 was a better game than FF13 now is?

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    18:22 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Square Enix has gotten this ridiculously lazy, they need to go bankrupt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only that, they disrespect their fandom with these arrogant attitudes. Because if many wish a FF VII remake, then it should tell them that such product would be highly profitable, and thus pleasant to them. As long as the remake stays faithful to the original, and brings some modern gameplay and graphics, along with a theoretically improved storyline, than the product will be a success. Just look at Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver -- awesome and very well done remakes of Gold and Silver while also being the best main series games of the Pokémon franchise so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Despite all the reasons out there demand for ff7 remade,
    whether remade FF7 with Highly definition battle system can promise us the same experience in old FF7...

    it is still remained unknown though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "10 times as long to make"? Given that FFXIII took them several YEARS to make, I have only one response to that claim: BULLSHIT. That'd be longer than Duke Nukem Forever! If it would take SquareEnix that long to make ANY game, remake or original, then they have no business making games. So no, that's utter bull, he's just making lame excuses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    About 20 years from now, after a hard day from work, you just arrived at your house. Same old routine, you get a change of clothes grab something to eat and try to entertain yourself away from the aftertaste of that shift. As you pass by the room of your 13 year old son you hear an especially nostalgic music, it sent an electric shock to your whole body, it made you feel young and gave a flashback of hours and hours of enjoyment and epicness. Yes, it's the main theme of FFVII (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzz5cVt70j8). It seemed to be the grandest symphony that ever tickled your ears. Your body moved on its own, dragging you closer and closer till you give the door a slight tilt. The HD TV showed familiar faces, the faces of your comrades from long ago. And as you try to contain the emotions trying to burst out, your son asks "Dad, do you like playing games?"


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not only the graphics that would need re-doing. Since FFX, they've had voice acting, so they would need to do that as well. Also, the audio formats have advanced quite a lot, so they'd have to do that. They'd also have to make said audio playable on, say, a home theater audio system.

    They'd have to re-design most of the landscape to look good on 1080p. Same with the characters and the videos. They'd have to do that to all of the monsters in the game as well. Oh, and of course, Gold Saucer.

    Then there's the more flashy videos and animations, such as any video with Meteor, the ending video and Omnislash.

    They'd also have to re-design all of the NPCs. Then they'd need to find a way to make towns and airships plausible and work smooth without affecting the graphics.

    And who knows, they might even need to put additional details, such as the materia slots in Buster Sword being filled with actual materia.

    Also, the conversion from PS1 graphics to PS3 would pretty much mean that they'd have to re-design most of the characters almost completely, or they'd just look silly.

    Really, it's not just a "Press a button and presto, HD FF7". It's much, much more.

    And besides, one of their main concerns would indeed be whether the fans would be pleased with it, because if they wouldn't, the game would pretty much flop. Not to mention that only the actual die-hard fans of FF7 would buy the game, since it would have nothing new, just being a remake for PS3. And really, considering how long it took to get remakes of the earlier FFs to PS1 or GBA, what makes anyone think that they'd pull off that on PS3?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yes it would sell. It's not something that fans want, it's a game that they need. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I would be satisfied with Dissidia-like graphics... that's more than enough to enjoy a remake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    me and the rest of the goddamn world would be willing to wait that long for such a masterpeice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably because SQX is too lazy to make a good game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did Square Junk the High Res Models they did for the PS2 Teaser of FF7? I mean those models even by todays standards are better then most games.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    21:38 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would also be happy with a remake yet....I wonder how the hell would it take them that long to remake it. They have a complete story and characters as well unless they plan to add little mini scenes that show like 5 minutes of information we already know about the character. All they have to do is convert everything into higher graphics correct? They arn't comming up with a new FF7 are they...that wouldn't be a remake though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I hear is that FFVII was the better game, as evidenced by how long they claim it would take to develop an already developed game.

    That, and I still say MS should partner with SE for an exclusive remake on their platform. Now that would be funny, the game every Sony and Square fanboy wants, and its only available on a rival platform.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is he implying FF7 is 10 times the game FF13 is?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That Yuffie Picture is cute :3 I wanna give her a hug...and then some

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    18:11 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    First off, the people who keep saying "he means 30-40 years" apparently do not understand hyperbole. Completely disregard that number, just think of it as generically equaling "a really long time." I know I know, don't feed the troll, but really that's one of those things that are so stupid I can't help myself.

    It is interesting that he said it'd take that long though, considering they already have all of the plot, characters, dialogue, battle system, and locations already plotted out--they'd just need to re-do the graphic assets in HD, dub in voice acting for the dialogue and probably add some extras to make it somewhat worth buying (who here's hoping for schoolgirl alternate outfits for the girls?).

    *cough* Anywho, it does seemed to be a veiled or accidental comment on the amount of content in FF13 compared to FF7. Unlike many of the people on this site, I didn't hate FF13, but I will say I miss things like the Overworld from pre-PS2 FF games, and minigames from the pre-FF13 games. Has anyone actually sat down and looked at the amount of different zones in each, though? Keeping in mind that the PS2 and PS3 games have much larger zones than the PS1 games.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    16:06 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    C'mon SE...I desperatly want to see Sephiroth snuff Aeris in HDMI format...

    I wouldn't mind waiting, just knowing it's being made...

    *crosses fingers*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd love to both see that AND what a lot of fans DO clamor for: A way to either bring her back OR keep her from dying in the first place - thereby creating a totally new alternate storyline for Square to cash-in on as "Alternate Dimension Sequels".

    Square would be crazy not to do that. FF7 Remake gets multiple endings based on if Aerith/s dies or lives; then makes games, multimedia, toys, etc. based on BOTH stories. Double the cash-cow, double the fun!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What jerks. I can't imagine it's anywhere near as hard as they think, and even if it was, does the promise of selling several million copies not make up for the effort?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They would only find a way to screw it up. Somehow they'd make Cloud and Sephiroth more moody and gay. Somehow they'd find a way to add more belts and zippers to the character designs. They'd add new combat features and screw up the material system. They'd find a way to stuff in shitty overly dramatic jpop songs.

    I don't want a FF7 remake unless they promise not to fuck it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 20/11/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. AND: The one and only FFVII is the PS1 FFVII. It would not be the same even if they don't fuck up. But we all now they will. Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core are a huge warning, friends!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    we should start a statistic of who would actually buy an FF7 remake and mail it.

    i bet we'll see a trailer for the game within the next month

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    Comment by Hyra911
    00:02 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will take that long only if they want to change the whole damn thing like add more stories, somewhat new and ridiculous gameplay, etc...If they just happy to change only the graphics, add some new music, voice acting ,create the remake one would only take over a year or two.

    Whatever, it easier to screw up something that already good than make it better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    10 years, huh... Well if they handed the project to my game studio I can finish it less than two years flat. That's just psycho, did Square Enix has lost most of their talent or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 20/11/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    My guess: Do something good for your fans vs profit... Square-Enix: PROFIT!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i sense excuse after excuse. it's what they get for hyping the damn FF7 saga up so much and not delivering. i wouldnt be surprised if they try and changed the battle system to be like a more spactactular XIII or Dissidia.

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    Comment by Gitami
    12:44 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hold the belief FF13 is just a prototype for the FF7 remake. They need to get the new engine working properly. FF15 will most definitely be the prototype for the towns.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow she looks cute!!!!!!!!!!

    what's the news all about?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what a load of crap, hello Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, etc they have the freaking models already for the main cast and more. and at the very least a few locations, 10 times longer my ass, thats douchebag talk for "we are too lazy."

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 01/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *sigh* Definitely the issues plaging or beloved S-E run deep and at a management level and we won't see an improvement until said management changes hands.

    What kind of mentality puts an alleged "quality" of form over concept in such a way that a game that was feasible more than 10 years ago now it's an engineering improbability? How do other companies keep making RPGs for the new generation consoles without self-imposing totally ridiculous standards? I really cannot give a fuck about seeing the pores and individual hair strands of the characters, especially if they come at the price of story and playability (and release time.)

    If they follow this trend, what's FFXV going to be like? A perfectly rendered single frame? "Hey, yeah, we would have liked to make a few seconds of animations, not to mention let you be able to interact with it, but you have to understand that at this level, each frame and feature would take us another 5 years."

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    Comment by mahomaho
    22:28 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do they need to remake ff7? If they remake it, they`ll remake characters too....they change tifa!!!
    NOOOOO.... D-cup Tifa will begone!!!!
    Right remake ff8 because this is the game without story line!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Final Fantasy. :\

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd be fine with a remake in slightly lower quality than Final Fantasy XIII, that game may have had awesome graphics but the story line was awful. It just didn't feel like a Final Fantasy game... :(

    I'd much have a game with an amazing story line being remade then Square Enix making a new Final Fantasy with a horrible storyline.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would not want to see a remake because, first off they don't even have the original "Square" team anymore. second they probably couldn't remake it right if everything was handed to them on a silver plate. third, SquareEnix is garbage now. i mean have they even released one decent game in years now? i don't think so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 02/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe that should the worsest thing happen, some kinda of international law prohibiting the creation of Final Fantasy 7's remake, when worst comes to worst, the fanatics will make and release a 2d... pixalated sprite-full... but completely HD version of Final Fantasy 7. (with very great looking background art.

    and if not that then the fans'd make a final fantasy 7 TEXT-based RPG for DOS. (and I'll be playing it on my DS!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 14/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like they can't double-task...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 29/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what they're saying is "we couldn't possibly work on something that's decent so take this half-assed piece of shit instead" what happened to quality in my games.
    i don't give a damn about a remake why the hell would i pay for the same game but updated graphics.
    Final Fantasy games should be held at a higher standard because they are mainstream they should be the best but instead they have become nothing more than a parasite on its fans sucking out money

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 04/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how could a long and boring game like ff13 take less time to make then an ff7 remake.
    all people are asking for is some better graphics for a classic game

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    Comment by darknetwork
    20:13 12/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just keep it to their hearth forever

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 24/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't do it there's just things in FF7 on PS that just wouldn't look right or just plain wierd if they moddernized the graphics and whatnot

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then I recommend qhimm.com that MAY help to displace any of those doubts your having. I wish I could post some screens. just wow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 29/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where are people coming up with 30-40 years? From what I recall there are two newer FFVII releases: Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus, as well as a full length CGI movie: Advent Children. That's 3 products released within the last 6 years. So why would it take longer than that to remake the original for the PS3 or next generation?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well get started on it now you fools.

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    Comment by Tateha
    02:41 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ff7 remake would take a long time but 10 years probably not. maybe 5-6 years granted they don't pull some bullshit like making a version for the 360 which takes some of their resources away from main game dev.

    a ff7 remake at its 20th or 25th anniversary would be very appropriate.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    03:20 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope it would be completed as soon as possible

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 31/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty retarded logic that a FFVII remake would need to be Advent Children quality. Just had to point out how ridiculous a notion that is. Kill yourself for even thinking that, and then trying to back it up too.

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