Final Fantasy 7 Remake Unlikely
Many Final Fantasy fans were excited when the Final Fantasy 7 Tech Demo was released during the PS3 launch. But a recent statement by Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada stated that until a current Final Fantasy game beats the sales of Final Fantasy 7 there will not be an HD re-release. With Square’s recent track record, we may see the game in about 150 years when the then massive population and law of averages make it so that it’s practically impossible not to make a game sell better.
Many have called this a weird reason not to remake the game. To me it seems like sheer stupidity. Final Fantasy 7 was the highest selling Final Fantasy game selling roughly 9.8 million copies. That’s because it is seen as the best game in a series that had a very rapid decline. Final Fantasy 13 sold roughly 6.2 million copies. Bridging the 3.6 million copy gap is an unrealistic goal for a game series that is becoming increasingly unpopular. The more ridiculous part is that Square Enix is even setting goals that they have to meet before releasing the game that will make them shitloads of money. Fans clearly want the re-release and would buy it immediately after release. This point is even further proven by the fact that Square Enix was able to sell a movie based on the game with CG graphics similar to the ones shown in the Tech Demo.
There is a huge market for a Final Fantasy 7 remake. That should be all the incentive Square Enix needs to create it. I suppose they just want to see if we’ll buy copies of the current games so that they’ll give us the one we really want.