Square Enix have revealed that they intend to release updated versions of all their old stuff, sure to tug the heartstrings of those locked in a nostalgic stupor whilst avoiding the need for any expensive new titles, their recently revealed Final Fantasy 7 remake evidently being the flagship example of this innovative new strategy.
The excerpt from their annual report:
1. Revitalizing Existing IPs
We will revitalize some of our strong IPs in ways that meet the needs of the modern gaming market.
For example, we will take an IP developed for earlier generations of game consoles and recreate it for the latest consoles, while also proactively developing versions for play on smart devices.
In addition, we will also explore possibilities involving VR (virtual reality) and other new platforms.
We want our longtime fans to relish reliving past experiences with a freshness that only the latest in technology can provide, while at the same time have new customers enjoy the IP as though it were brand new.
By not only optimizing single pieces of IP for single platforms but also rolling out IP in a multi-dimensional manner to meet the needs of the modern market, we believe we can deliver exciting new experiences.
It has not been confirmed whether the games they plan to re-release will be full rehashes of their back catalog or merely HD-remasters with some spiffy new textures, though in either case it seems Square’s devotion toward creating smartphone games will not let up anytime soon…