Last week, to everyone’s pleasant surprise, Square Enix finally revealed that their much awaited FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE wasn’t dead. While the company has let out barely a peep since it’s initial announcement at E3 2015, it was all but considered to be vaporware by even the most optimistic of gamers. Judging by how poorly Square Enix has been faring lately, what with numerous reports of troubled development (which we believe 100%, by the way) and commercial/critical flops- it’s hard to blame fans for thinking that way.
As fates would have it though, we got hit by a spanking new trailer that showed off some of the admittedly excellent visuals and the real-time combat — as it replicated some of the beats from the original game. While we’re not as judgemental as to pass on a verdict with just a trailer, as huge fans of the original game, what we have now are more questions than answers. Without further ado, let us pose them minus any hesitation:
Q. Just how large will the game be?
As anyone who has played the original game, knows that calling it gargantuan in scope does not do it justice and at this point, we do know it will be split into multiple parts. If Square really wants to build that same world with current technology with equally ambitious visual fidelity — everything from Midgar and beyond, and with every NPC and explorable building intact — it would mean creating a world which makes RDR2 and The Witcher 3 look like GTA 3 in comparison. Not to mention recreating all the set-pieces and elaborate sequences with such level of detail seem like an impossible mountain to climb. We’re a bit skeptical on how they plan to pull this off, as it just seems like a massive resource hog for the company, speaking of which….
Q. Just how damn expensive is the game to develop?
We’re pretty convinced that FFXV cost much more to make than Square admits to – and it wasn’t even complete. That was a game that was perhaps 1/10th the size of FFVII. So we can’t help but be fascinated by how much this is going to cost – and just how much it needs to sell just to be profitable and not put the company in financial hot waters. Speaking of sales…
Q. How long will it be a PlayStation 4 exclusive?
While the PS4 has a massive install base, it simply isn’t enough to make Square Enix back all the dough, especially with the recent track record of the company. It will surely come to the Xbox and PC– but how, and when? Will it be a year after in a ‘Game of the Year’ edition? Will the PC version offer visual improvements? What sort of performance upgrade will it have? Only time will tell.
Q. Will the cracks in development show?
It’s no secret that the game has had a really rough dev cycle – and how can it not? Resurrecting FFVII in its modern-day glory seems like a tall order, considering how beloved the game is; it’s not regarded as one of the best games ever for nothing.
The thing is, Square has been having a lot of those of late. While the Japanese developer has always been known for legendarily protracted development cycles (*looks at FF13 Versus-turned-into-FFXV*), of late they have fallen into the trend of developing half-finished products, cancelling beloved series’ and disappointing fans in general. This time though, they simply can’t afford to do that. Since they’re remaking their most renowned game, the title that truly shone the industry spotlight on them , it’s not just the company’s stock value that’s on the line – it’s also their own history and pride.
Q. Do people even care anymore?
The insanely long wait since the E3 2015 reveal has tested the patience of even the most devoted 90’s gaming fans. While the hysteria hit fever pitch when it was initially announced, it’s hard not to feel that the wait has somewhat sucked away some of the enthusiasm from even the most devoted fans. Sure, FFVII has remained famous enough over the years that even those that haven’t played it are aware of it, but in a fast-changing landscape, where people consistently want more and want it fast–it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to make them excited about a JRPG remake from 20 years past. While the trailer was met with a positive reception, it’s hard to imagine the game making as big of a seismic shift as it did back then–maybe because people will consume it and move on, like they do with every game.
Q. Will it have forced agendas?
Now this here is something that I most dread personally. We’ve already seen forced politics/ de-sexualization of characters in games like MORTAL KOMBAT 11–and continuous watering down of content and political correctness in games (a la DMC5 censorship), just to appease certain segments. There is every chance that FFVII will be the victim of the same. I’m not sure how snowflakes will respond to *FFVII spoilers* ‘Sephiroth impaling Aerith’ in this day and age, and I’m kind of worried that the game will be thinkpieced to death by dumbass journalists. Not to mention, the otherwise excellent pro-environmental message of FFVII may become “agenda” as the writers try and force it down everyone’s’ throats. It remains to be seen how Square Enix’s decisions will pay off.
So, there were some of *our* burning questions regarding the game. What are yours? Are you looking forward to the remake? Let us know in the comments below.