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Final Fantasy XIII’s producer has expressed his interest in a Final Fantasy VII remake, and has explicitly denied there will be any DLC for Final Fantasy XIII.

Yoshinori Kitase, a Square Enix game producer and head of one of its development units, commented to the the effect that he had “a great interest” in an “HD” remake of Final Fantasy VII, saying that such a project would take the form of a “perfect” realisation.

Previously another top figure in Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura, had scotched the notion of such a remake, so where this leaves the hypothetical project is not clear.

He (as producer of Final Fantasy XIII, together with director Motomu Toriyama) also carefully touches upon the criticism the game has attracted in Japan in a tame interview situation with Sony’s minions:

What do you say to those who say the game might be too linear? Does the accusation bother you?

The earlier part of the game was intentionally created to be a linear experience because we wanted to make the experience similar to a movie or drama where players really get to know the characters and what is behind their actions.

And also, since this is a brand new system for FFXIII, we wanted to take the correct steps to make sure players can control that system at will.

So it is a surprise that so many people are commenting that the game is linear, but once you get into the area of Pulse in the game , it’s much more of a free world and the battle system really comes to life.

And once you have a good idea of how to control it, you can go full force and it should be a completely different experience.

Do you think that the idea of RPGs from the 80s and 90s being wide open is a dated stereotype?

There’s sort of a template to the RPG system, traditionally, where players would go to the town and find out information through text, leave town to fight monsters and then come back to town and buy health and items, etc.

FFXIII didn’t really look for some sort of template to follow, but we tried to go out and create and set a new trend for RPGs. So there isn’t really a thought to stick to tradition.

Developer comments published in Japan tell a different story:

The game’s linearity was just because depicting towns and so on like we did before was impossible to do on an “HD” console – it was too much work

Presumably such comments are not suitable for release until after the game has had a chance to sell internationally for a while.

Finally, he categorically denies there being any DLC for the game:

I heard there was content removed from the original game? Could it possibly resurface as DLC?

Regarding the DLC content, we feel that the final product is 100% enjoyable… it’s the complete package.

So we’re not planning any DLC at this time.

In regard to the rumored cut content, we feel it was taken out of context. There are a lot of ideas that are brought to the table, and then the team takes the best ideas out of those, and the final product is polished that way.

There was content that were “ideas” that didn’t make the final content, but the team isn’t looking to release that as downloadable content.

With DLC functionality advertised on the international version’s box, and the earlier developer comments that “the game was designed with DLC in mind but we don’t actually have any planned,” just what the developers were doing all these years is an interesting question.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    even the ff7 remake will turn to trash when they release it on the trash360 as well.just like all the other multiplat games

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    Comment by Castian
    04:50 11/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    tottally agree, the 360's lame 10 year old DVD drive hinders and slows down companies, because they demand the developers to Downgrade their games in order to "FIT" such a lowly console.

    IF Shitty Square makes a FF7 and it's Downgraded so it appears on the 360 library, it will be an automatic No-Buy

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd rather FFVIII remake.. preferred it to VII.. it was all meh..

    IX would be good too, tho it was a little childish compared to the earlier ones.. good game tho

    ah hell i own all of em cept X-2 cos it was a total waste of time..

    story beats graphics any day..

    but hd graphics with kickarse story, that i'd pay to see (sorry, DA:O failed imo, no replay value at all, unless you're a micro$oft achievement whore, phuqin xblox and you're online achievements screwing with my 100% i aint gonna pay for that sh*tty online service)

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    Comment by rikarika
    23:17 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's like Advent Children, and I'm sure it will, DO NOT WANT.

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    Comment by LonerGoth
    22:56 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    chrono trigger... would make a good HD game... or just a good anime... I think it already was an anime though.

    I agree with some commenters before me, on that final fantasy 8 deserves some limelight... it'd be great as a hd movie... though, I'm not too sure on a dbz evolution type remake.

    I'm playing final fantasies 7-9 on my ps2... they look awful on my hdtv, so just a decent upscale would be nice... or an old CRT... whichever is easier.

    ah... as for a remake to final fantasy 7 to hd... I'd say no to that, unless they do it alright... I can just imagine going down those ladders at the beginning of the game, only everything looks beautiful this time around, instead of blocky... then remembering what comes next, and then preparing for it... and it happens just as I remembered it only more beautiful...

    So what I'm trying to say is... we will know beforehand, what comes next all the time, preparing for it as necessary... doesn't that make the game linear and predictable, since its the same as before, only with beautiful graphics?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Come to think of it, I think FF13 is actually a good game, because I've played Lord of the Rings the Thrid Age which was pretty much no town no NPC and quite linear..... and that was an okay game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now the question is: will they retain thr original battle system or make it an action based like from the movie? note that a new generation of gamers is out there and they may actually screw this remake up just to appeal to them (if it's actually going to be made)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF7's story was fairly good (mostly about the hero taking his head out of his ass), and could benefit from some revisions, not to mention a competant translation, so I think I'd actually buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man. Is this why Tri-Ace bailed out of Square Enix because they saw the wrong direction they were going in? This is what happens when Squenix is in it for desperate profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah! Tifa.....I love you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop toying with my heart Square-Enix!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope SE remakes FF7 without the towns. Wouldn't that be something?

    Its sad. I miss world maps and towns :( It's all I think about lately... I played Oblivion and that had a large map and towns but no cute music or personality like a jrpg. Ah, I miss the days. I think my SNES/Saturn/PS emulators are going to be getting a lot of use in the next few months. Feeling mighty nostalgic, and then defeated when I think of the current state of rpgs... :( sad face

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:15 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of you guys suck your own dick or suck a wall.Making game is not making love that easy noob.Go fuk ur laptop.FF13 haters,can just fuk off and go play their gay halo and gay gears FPS FPS wow i just kill some1 head shit...noob gameplay...FPS SUCK !!!!!!! GAYBOX FAIL !!!!!!! COME FLAME ME !!!!!! CUZ I WONT BE READING THE REPLY AHAHAHAHAHAH ! WHO READ THIS FUK YOU ALL

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    19:51 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just want to see Sephiroth stab a certain flower girl in the back...In High-Def~

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm just becoming less and less interested in FFXIII. I truly feel the series ended with X.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I also think it ended with X, since X was fucking terrible until the very end of the game. The Monster Arena was the only thing remotely challenging and fun in that game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excuse my ignorance, but what is "DLC" meaning?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DownLoadable Content

    It's content (in other words 'parts of the game') made available, potentially for a price, over the internet to potentially enhance the gaming experience.

    For instance:
    Dragon Age: Origins came with downloadable content which allowed one to get an additional character.
    An other example of DLC would be for instance additional outfits for characters.

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    Comment by Ischemia
    22:41 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right so that was me, forgot to log in <_<
    For some reason a named person might appear more credible than an anon so hence

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks a lot Anon.

    Just kidding :P

    Thanks a lot Ischemia (isn`t your nick a disease?).

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    21:14 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't they say awhile ago there was no way they were making a remake of ff7......bunch of greedy bastards.....they are only doing this because ff13 didn't sell as high as they hoped in japan.

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    Comment by Taiga-sama
    20:56 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All Final Fantasy ends when Squaresoft changed to Square-Enix.

    Final Failure
    Finally Fail
    Failed Finally

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ie when Sakaguchi left..

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Enix is considering butchering another classic Squaresoft game? Hurray!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they remake FF7 they could cover up for FF13's losses 10 times over

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Got banned from playstation forums for posting this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if they re-make VII, I won't be playing it.
    ... Now if they re-made VI, I might have to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should remake FF6 instead.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    10:27 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I highly agree... But respecting the source material.

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    Comment by Myballz
    14:52 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh really, you guys can put FF 3 remake on DS re-design the whole thing so easy enough to make money off of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 19/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    doublethink abounds

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    After playing XIII FF games and having a (HUGE) helping hand at their rolling in the cash this is what we fans get:

    Final Humiliation Bukkake XXX
    Presented by SQARE-PENIX!

    The last decent FF I played was FFIX on the PSX. The crowned king of FF is STILL FFVI.

    PS: This and Final Story, I mean Last Fantasy... ah fuck it...

    PPS: At least Grandia wasn't milked like this...
    And the first Star Ocean (THE SNES ONE DUMBASS :D not the shitty PSP remake) is still the best in its series...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they can make Final Fantasy VII more interesting and make Cloud less of a whiny, emo bitch then I might buy it. But seriously, that game has problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 20/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like this, what I just read about FF VII: Final Fantasy VII has received negative criticism as well. [...] Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine and GameSpot questioned the game's highly linear progression..."

    Makes the discovery of the linearity of the new FF even more astounding and worthy of criticism, doesn't it?! :D

    Again, what's been said, nothing new, nothing new, every FF receives the same treatment, and between releases people just argue about which one is their favorite, how it's over-rated/the greatest, etc. etc., and all in all it is simply a videogame company with a lot of money producing the games of quality that money can produce into a market that is saturated with millions of fanboys with either clouded judgement in wanting to be against it or clouded judgement from the countless wet dreams they've had over the series and the inability to disconnect their private fantasies from a commercial project.

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    Comment by savantique
    03:13 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever since I saw the PS3's tech demo featuring Final Fantasy VII, having the game remade proper has been on my mind; much like seeing the Zelda's 3D incarnation(s) on the N64 get proper graphics via Twilight Princess on the GCN and Wii.

    That having been said, I would commend Square for going this route - but I really do not enjoy how they're practically flip-flopping on the premise of re-releasing the game only after the scrutiny FF XIII's incurred.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wat happen to japanese voice patch???

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes moar Tifa

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shit, I need to get my mind straight... I though DLC was delicious large chest and not downloadable content lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When will it be the Final Fantasy?
    aka FINAL Fantasy
    they really need to stress on "Final"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF7 remake would be great for DLC. Your house by the sea could be turned into a mini-Sims like game or maybe linked to Playstation Home. The Golden Saucers arcade can be expanded and improved (I used to love the snowboarding level). Also in GS, you could have add-on virtual missions to complete. The DLC could include "missing time", such as when Cloud went to Tactics or play the Zack/Cloud missions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much saying in a roundabout way that releasing RPGs on the PS3 is a waste of time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most likley this is because FF13 is receiving so many complaints and selling like crap now. They need to throw out something to make fans/customers happy and doing a FF7 remake would do that and sell like hot cakes.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    21:53 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hot cakes? I have a feeling it will be cold and smelly, like a zombie.

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    Comment by SaruDa
    12:54 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I have to say is 'gnitsugsid gip D3'

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:14 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    after over a decade of no, no, no now it's yes because FFXIII flopped? Fuck you Square Enix!

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    Comment by kyosak
    13:34 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How would you consider a game that sold over 1 million copies on the first day of release (in Japan alone) a flop???

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    Comment by Kai
    14:04 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a flop critically?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because sales cooled shortly afterwords; everyone who wanted the game bought it.

    In contrast to Dragon Quest, those games have long lengs, going on to sell well over three or four million units. We must face the facts: FF is no longer the mega-million seller it use to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Initial response to something coming from a typically well received product, that was marketed extremely well...doesn't say anything for the actual quality of it. Look at past Hollywood movies, THEIR initial response from being over hyped, and then the typical public viewing of the work after people realized it was shit. That = flop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not gonna believe this until I see the website you got this from. If not, then this is just another FF13 bashing article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know how they plan to remake FF7, it has towns in it and mighty big ones at that. It might take a good decade for them to do such an "impossible" thing on an HD console.






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