Yes, according to the now offline website finalfantasyviipc.com. A Google cache view of the site reveals new features to be added such as 36 achievements, cloud saves, and a “character booster [that] can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure”. The site also included brief character profiles, desktop wallpapers, and mentions that the PC digital download price is £7.99/€9.99. Square Enix has not confirmed anything, but the website (registered by Square Enix) goes against what character designer/director Tetsuya Nomura said last month: that making new titles would be more important than remakes. It’s no question that fans of the game have been clamoring for a FFVII remake for years, but my question is: do we need it?
Final Fantasy VII is, of course, a wildly popular game. It has been released on three platforms: Playstation, PC, and PSP. It has spawned a sequel movie Advent Children, and several spin-offs including Before Crisis, Dirge of Cerberus, and Crisis Core. Not to mention all of the supplemental material that goes with those spin-offs. Yet still, people are clamouring for a remake.
Personally, I think Final Fantasy VII has run it’s course. Yes, the original game is masterful for it’s time. Yes, it tells a wonderful story. Yes, it has sentimental value to many people. But Final Fantasy VII has already taken the path that fellow Square Enix series Kingdom Hearts is on: too many spin-offs, and people will stop caring. Of course there will always be fans looking to buy, but to fans of the original Final Fantasy VII, what do you want for your remake? Do you want what Final Fantasy X is getting, simply a digital remaster with new graphics? Do you want all of this new content, these character boosters and achievements? My fear with remakes is that the addition of new content or new abilities is that they drag the original game down. There is a sort of nostalgia that one gets when starting up Final Fantasy VII, with it’s blocky graphics and 90’s era character boosting was via Gameshark, not included with the game. If Square Enix does eventually remake FFVII in full, I doubt it will live up to the high expectations that the original game set. Mr. Nomura, take your own advice: “The new Final Fantasy must overcome the
Final Fantasy of the past.”