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Square: Final Fantasy X HD Is A "Remaster," Not Remake

Jonathan Lester
Final Fantasy X HD, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Square Enix

Square: Final Fantasy X HD Is A "Remaster," Not Remake

Final Fantasy X HD is headed to PS3 and Vita this year, and was originally described as an remake - thus prompting us to wonder whether the game had been entirely redesigned from scratch. However, Square Enix has confirmed that the new version is simply an HD remaster along the lines of the recent Shadow Of The Colossus and ICO HD collection. The visuals will look "much better," apparently. Obviously.  [Thanks, Andriasang]

Cue the inevitable "remake Final Fantasy VII already" commentary...

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DivideByZero  Feb. 6, 2012 at 12:37

Great - NOW DO 7!!

mekia  Feb. 6, 2012 at 12:46

7 will never happend. They just can't crank up 7 to look as good as any PS3 title or even a PS2 title. It's a old engine old models and it just wont work.
It would need a remake start by 0 and rebuild everything which is just way way waaaaay to much work with the big citys and just the mass of the landscape.
It will never happen :(.

MyDogFarted  Feb. 6, 2012 at 13:27


Also, please no remake of 7. If they wanted to tweak the game to make it analog stick compatible I wouldn't complain, but everything else shouls stay how it is!

kinkinkaid  Feb. 6, 2012 at 13:39

From what I remember there were really 4 parts to FF7 (graphics wise).

1) Explorable areas - 3D polygon sprites for the characters against 2D static drawn backgrounds.
2) Battles - 3D polygon sprites
3) Overworld - 3D landscape and characters
4) FMV - pre rendered cutscenes

If they were to just update the sprite models then it shouldnt be too much work but to redo all the backgrounds and FMVs to look good in HD would require ALOT of work. Leaving them as they are may jar too much with the updated sprites.

so yeah, probably not gonna happen...

r3tract  Feb. 6, 2012 at 13:41

How much would it take to remake Final Fantasy VII? £30 Million*?

I'm sure there are even 5 million Final Fantasy fans in the world who would be willing to cough up £6 each for Square-Enix to do a remake of FFVII. They wouldn't even have to sell any copies to break even.

*incredibly accurate figure plucked from the top of my head.

Last edited by r3tract, Feb. 6, 2012 at 13:42
DivideByZero  Feb. 6, 2012 at 14:30

#Mekia - yes they could do it. Anything is possible. One day, they will do it - if not they will sell the rights for someone else to do it. One day.

#KinKinKaid - it's two words. A and LOT. :) But that aside, a game remake can be done on a new engine with new GFX and stil be the same game. It could be done.

#r3tract - exactly. I think they would get a huge ammount of buyers for a good HD remake of FF7. I think this is one of the best games ever made. It is certainly the best in the Final Fantasy series. If they were going to do any HD remake of a game then they should just man up and do that one.

Last edited by DivideByZero, Feb. 6, 2012 at 14:31
flalexander  Feb. 6, 2012 at 15:51

They made a FFVII Tech Demo for the PS3 launch.
They updated the graphics on Ocarina of Time AND made it 3D.

I'm pretty sure everyone who bought FFXIII-2 will buy an FFVII remake. I'm pretty sure a lot of people would for out £100+ for an awesome collector's edition including a statue of Cloud vs Sephiroth.

In short: a remake of FFVII would only bring profit

mekia  Feb. 6, 2012 at 16:44

Ocarina of time is easy, "just" update the Textures etc. But FFVII has prerenderd backgrounds not polygons like every other game now.
Like already said all those backgrounds etc would have to be rebuild from scratch because old material can't be used anymore.
It toke SE how long to make FFXIII-2? 2 years? Engine was there groundwork was done in FFXIII and STILL it toke em 1-2 years to make and cost millions.
I doubt there will be any remake from the Psone FF be done anytime soon.
FFXII would be nice tho :p.

MattGardner  Feb. 6, 2012 at 17:34

A Final Fantasy VII remake would print money, but it would cost a lot to do.

But then again, it would print money.

The question would be how far do you go. Do you just aim for the digital marketplaces (XBLA, PSN, Steam) or attempt to recreate the whole thing in the manner of FFXIII and shoot for full retail.

More likely, perhaps, might be an eventual iOS release, but I'd hope for a better port than the one Chrono Trigger got.

Lemming  Feb. 7, 2012 at 08:13

VII would sell like hotcakes. I got the PS1 version during the PSN sale the other day and despite how ugly it looks I'm totally in love with it again! I have XIII sitting there unfinished but I'm happily spending hours mucking about with materia in VII!

If they were sensible they would try and remake VII and then produce some sort of sequel at the same time. Could you imagine the sales?



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