Through out the years since the Final Fantasy 7 Tech Demo first appeared, we the fans have had our chain yanked countless times. It does seem to get tiresome hearing all the yay and nay on weather or not we will ever see a Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Well its come to my attention that it will become inevitable for some sort of remake to hit the market in the coming years.
First and foremost, there has been a non stop milking of the franchise; figures, a sequel, a prequel, a CGI film, and Square-Enix’s constant use of the characters every chance they get to make a quick buck. The signs of this are everywhere, but in order for this to work they have to grow the fan base to an even larger extent that will be explained in a little bit.
Looking back at all the games that Final Fantasy characters have shown up in one series really sticks out among the rest, it being the Kingdom Hearts series. These games are geared towards all ages of course but do have a target audience of a younger crowd. This is where it really makes an impact; by reaching out to a new younger audience and developing a relationship with new and old characters (those being the ones of FF7) will familiarize those who have played the games with the characters of the past. This being a strong market strategy that would of course take time.
Among other things, there seems to be a pattern of developing remakes that Square-Enix takes. If most of you clearly remember the remakes made by the company the pattern is going in order. Final Fantasy I, II, III, and IV have all had a complete remake up to this point and Square-Enix has mentioned the interest of remaking V and VI for the 3DS in the past. This goes to show that we are two remakes away from a possible VII.
Square-Enix’s release of spin offs to VII is a constant test of checking their fan base for the profitability of a remake. The recent announcement of the re-release of VII for Steam shows how they tiptoe ever so closer to attempting a remake by checking to see how much fans are interested in the series. This taken into consideration with their interest in remakes for V and VI on 3DS shows how much closer we truly are.
Now to actually move towards the capability and probability of the matter, a couple of months back the CEO of Square-Enix expressed the interest of making the game but that the company would not do so because of its technological inability to and the desire to create a game even more successful than VII. Now after E3 has passed and seeing the new Luminous engine that will be used for future titles by SE, the company now has the technological capability for a full remake. Just recently in an interview with FFdream.com
Julien Merceron (the company’s technology) director stated, "Final Fantasy VII was one of my most beautiful experiences. That said, the other titles of the series are also wonderful. Obviously, as a player, I would really like a remake for FFVII. I give my opinion concerning the technology used and I let them take their (SE) decisions. But as a player, as a fan, yes, I would like a remake.”
All the evidence is on the table, and all that is needed for this dream for many fans to happen is time and patience.