Kitase: A Final Fantasy VII remake would ‘delete things, add elements’
posted on 11.28.11 at 02:23 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Though, fans might not like it, says Kitase.

A Final Fantasy VII remake – if one ever came about – wouldn’t be a straight repeat of the PSone classic, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase.

Speaking in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Kitase said he’d be tempted to change things up a second time around.

“If I may speak as a game creator, if we were to produce a remake of 7, for example, I would be really tempted to delete things and add new elements, new systems or whatever because if we were to make exactly the same thing now, it’d be like a repeat,” he said.

“It’d be an issue of repetition and not as much fun to make such a game. So I’d be really interested in rearranging games or reshaping games into something slightly different even though it’s supposed to be the same game.”

However, Kitase notes that his ideas might not suit well with some of the fans.

“If we did that, the fans might be disappointed or [say] ‘this is not what I was expecting’ so in that sense maybe some might say that it’s better to let memory be memory.

“When we play the games we made years ago, sometimes we think ‘oh, that is not really cool’ or ‘that probably should have been a bit better than that’ and that sort of thing,” he continued.

“But on the other hand, those slightly negative features and bits, for some of the really enthusiastic fans of these titles, that gives the game extra flavor or personality or whatever. So maybe they would rather we didn’t do anything about it and we just leave it in as it is. It’s very difficult to decide what we should we keep in and what we should take out.”

Thanks, Eurogamer.

  • Azure’Sora

    Who cares bout changin the battle system and stuff.
    I wouldn’t mind if the remake got a battle system like Crisis Core .o.

  • hush404

    Yeah… you can play around with stuff like the battle system and such… but if you just up and go “okay, these parts of the story, or this section of the game is being cut out because I dont like it and I say what goes” then you’re going to have a TON of people ready to rip you apart.

    Fans, when talking re-makes, want the game at it’s core (story, characters, etc) to stay the same, with a ‘modernization’ of it’s elements such as sound (music re-done in full orchestrated pieces in crisp surround, perhaps voiced over scenes and characters) visuals (obviously upgrade all models, re-create the world *but make sure to allow it to be recognizable*, do new menus that both function better but also nod back to the originals and just more or less make the game look like a modern version of what the PS1 was), controls need smoothed out and re-thought for the new game and as a whole project a lot of things upgraded and improved… but not an entirely different game.

    If you wanted to do a FFVII remake and change so many things that fans can’t see the FFVII roots in your new product… there’s really no reason to even attach it to FFVII or call it a remake… as you’ll be crafting a game which doesn’t fit either label.

  • LovesJapanManga

    But… But WHY DID HE HAS TO TALK TO X360 MAGAZINE?!?!? OPM IS THE MAGAZINE HE NEEDS TO TALK FIRST! *Put up the Flame Shield* It should remains on Playstation system, not Xbox system…

    • Sovereign Gale

      @LovesJapanManga: I totally didn’t expect to see one of these comments. Not at all.

    • Rafi

      @LovesJapanManga:
      How if that game will be released in multiplatform like PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, Vita and PC ?

    • L_kira

      @LovesJapanManga: Well, technically, it is not a PS exclusive. It did come out on the PC before. Along with FF8.

  • dmysta3000

    If they change the story in any way, the only things I’d be okay with is making some cutscenes slightly different (like adding Yuffie and Vincet to the ending cutscene) or adding entirely new cutscenes. and I’d love to see an updated battle gameplay system.

    But knowing this fanbase, some of them with bitch about the game no matter what they do….

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @dmysta3000: FF hardcore fans are like Xiitas!! I hate them

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    As echoed above, I think a change to the battle system, as well as a ‘polishing’ of various elements which may appear dated in a straight up remake, would be not only accepted but welcomed by most fans. A battle system like that of Crisis Core would be excellent, for example, and basic things such as technical limitations at the time would be obviously smoothed out in the remake.

    That said, they musn’t change the story, or the music (orchestra yes, whole new melodies, no), in any way. This would not only upset fans, but put a damper over the entire project, as it would no longer be the game it was. In essence, a remake wants to stay as true to the original as possible, and only really change things which are technically dated or else required for a modern version.

  • rockman29

    “A Final Fantasy VII remake would ‘delete things, add elements”

    Hey, fuck you Kitase. It will be personal, book it.

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @rockman29: shut up man, what you want at all? the same game, with the same dated elements and technical limitations?

      • rockman29

        @mateuspradosousa: I don’t think you understand why I’m so frustrated at this comment.

        I have no problem with a Final Fantasy VII remake.

        I have a problem with the current Square-Enix making a Final Fantasy VII remake.

        • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

          @rockman29: you are a hater! Kitase, the CURRENT producer, was THE DIRECTOR of FFVII, he knows much better than you how to make a good new FF…

          • rockman29

            @mateuspradosousa: Yea, and he also is the director of VI, VII, and VIII which are all part of my favourite games ever. Final Fantasy was the pinnacle of achievement in many disciplines even besides role-playing and story-telling at that time.

            I think there were a few other key staff present at the time too though, unless you want to give Kitase all the credit?

            All this means is how disillusioned I am with the current Square-Enix. Besides, some say you are only as good as your last performance. I think that could apply here.

            • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

              @rockman29: well, take a look on FFXIII (user score on Metacritic or GameSpot) and you will see that many people loved the game. XIII-2 will be much better for sure.

              • rockman29

                @mateuspradosousa: Never said people didn’t like FF XIII. More power to them.

          • milramyah

            @mateuspradosousa: lol George Lucas was also the director of the original Star Wars films and we all know what happened with the new ones…
            Just saying a director can lose touch with their original vision, which is what a lot of FF fans think of Kitase.

        • L_kira

          @rockman29: You, sir, deserve a cookie. (Though would have preferred giving you MML3 if I have $20M)

  • KainArkanos

    I love how only now they worry about ‘repetitiveness’ when they have constant remasterings of their games. FFI and II already have remasters on three different systems, FFIII was completely remade and didn’t receive that many complaints, and they remastered AND remade FFIV. So why now choose to worry about remastering/remaking when they’ve already done it to the classics?

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @KainArkanos: Because it’s THE GAME man…VII is different and special in many ways for them.

      • KainArkanos

        @mateuspradosousa: Ah yes, that’s right. Overrated FFVII, da best game evah right? Yeah, no. On a real rating of it, trust me, FFIV is just as good, if not better.

  • FaithlessMr

    Here’s hoping it never happens. What Kitase said, I’ve been saying for a long, long time now. Fans who expect the “remake” to be no more than a graphical update should have realized they’ll never get something like that, ever.

    I wish SE would move on from FF VII already, there are plenty of people in that company who have good ideas and they should put them to good use already and focus on new games.

    • rockman29

      @FaithlessMr: I have more confidence in a completely random group of Final Fantasy VII fanatics to make a more true-to-form remake with all the bells and whistles than this new Square-Enix.

      • Charlie

        @rockman29: Honestly, what do you have against this new SE?

      • FaithlessMr

        @rockman29: The original game is up on PSN for anyone to grab, I don’t really see a reason for a remake, more so when the original game is as good as it gets.

        Some people need to drop the whole “I don’t play games which do not feature HD graphics and flashy battles” thingie and give it a try.

        /being emotional about this whola matter.

  • rockman29

    “When we play the games we made years ago, sometimes we think ‘oh, that is not really cool’ or ‘that probably should have been a bit better than that’ and that sort of thing,” he continued.”

    I don’t think I ever even think that when I play Final Fantasy VII. Just look at that effing poster art. Look how iconic that is. That is embedded into the collective memory of RPGs and all videogames.

    What part do you want to change? It’s nuts.

  • Sal Romano

    I’d rather they change nothing at all. Not even the battle system. Make it flashier if you want (effects and all), but don’t change up the gameplay. I thought it was perfect.

    • L_kira

      @Sal Romano: If they actually change it, it will probably be a retcon of plot lines for Crisis Core and Co. Though, they will probably bombarded with shitstorm if they do.

    • Faize RoughKnightz

      @Sal Romano: I feel the same way. I wouldn’t really mind if they added to the story just to make it a little more descriptive but don’t cut out anything. I really would just be happy if they remade the game using the latest technology.

  • Luccie85

    He mean no town , no world map, no airship, no NPC, no shop, no side quests, no free roaming . The game become more and more linear, cramped map with long cut scene and stupid char (like Snow and his gang or cry baby like Hope). His ideas might not only suit well with all of the fans but with the new gamer too.

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @Luccie85: You’re so evil! Final Fantasy XIII-2 will leave you in silent …

      • Luccie85

        @mateuspradosousa: I’m not evil. Final Fantasy XIII-2 maybe better but only better than XIII because they share the same elements that mean more boxes map drama char and more teleporting points. I love XIII battle system, Lightning & Fang but you know 62 quests exactly the same, game play : go talk go movie and go crying go movie and … yeah go movie final boss no turn back (I only press the X button in first 6 chaps in the game). AN EMPTY GAME WITH NO SOUL! WHY ? the good thing SquareEnix done until now is delete.If they want their games became more WRPG why don’t add a macho like Nier and keep everything else.

        • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

          @Luccie85: Final Fantasy XIII, 9/10 on GEMATSU Review! Praised game, despite some failures.

    • L_kira

      @Luccie85: It’s a conspiracy of turning 7 into an WRPG…so that Occident fans will li-….wait what?

  • NCloud

    Well one things for sure, you can kiss the PS3 remake goodbye.

    Oh well PS4 here I come :)

  • Zero

    I’m going to take a quote from him and focus on that.

    “When we play the games we made years ago, sometimes we think ‘oh, that is not really cool’ or ‘that probably should have been a bit better than that’ and that sort of thing.”

    This is mostly in response to making a game, not playing classic games. So don’t misunderstand.

    It’s not just not him, look at all the remakes or reboots of popular old franchises or games.

    They all change things up, and sometimes the gameplay even switches to something completely different.

    It’s quite uncommon for them to be exact replicas of what we remember. And quick HD ports and stuff are not the same as a remake.

    This should come as no surprise to anyone. That one of the creators doesn’t want to make the same game over again.

    As for FF7, I think it still has life in it, and I have always believed a sequel to be more likely than a remake.

    This just makes it all the more likely.

    • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

      @Zero: yes

  • whiteferrero

    lot of jaded fans here lol.

    i can honestly say I don’t care what they choose to do to FFVII for a remake. FFVII before will be FFVII before, FFVII remake will be FFVII remake. They’re different games, if you want the same thing, play the same game again. it’s simple right? it’s even on psn.

    for me, ff3 and ff4 were great. but the remakes, i really appreciated more, and found that I liked them better than the original.

  • zakou

    Square enix no longer knows what they are doing. They are lost xD and i think they take drugs.

  • ekka4shiki

    Square Enix just don’t want a games of the past defines them
    Or maybe to be exact, a game by Sakaguchi. :D

    So of course they will “delete things, add elements”
    They want to make FFVII, the most popular FF to date, become a game of Square Enix and not just Squaresoft in some sense.

  • Gaara D. Dragon

    I perfectly understand people’s position on that nothing should change but to be perfectly honest, i would have no problem with them changing elements like the battle system.

    One thing Square did more than right with FF XIII was the completely fresh way to fight.

    A FF VII remake should feel new.

  • http://www.espadakiller.wordpress.com EspadaKiller

    Just give us a FFVII remake with a battle system like Final Fantasy Versus XIII every FF fans will buy it LOL.