Another day, another request for a Final Fantasy VII remake. The game was released in early 1997, and there are still calls for a remake. Endless calls.
At a Square Enix meeting today in Tokyo, honcho Yoichi Wada was asked about, wait for it, the possibility of a FFVII remake. He replied that even within Square Enix there been several discussions about a FFVII remake and that the developers who worked on the game are happy that it still remains so popular.
Continuing, Wada said that Final Fantasy brand management is "difficult", and that Square Enix feels as though it has not made a Final Fantasy that surpasses FFVII. Thus, Wada added, if Square Enix remade Final Fantasy VII at this point in time, it would mean that Final Fantasy is finished. The reason is that Square Enix would be making—remaking, rather—a Final Fantasy that is better than the original FFVII. So, I guess, by not doing a FFVII remake, Square Enix is pushing itself to produce a game that's greater than FFVII.
This echoes what Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura said earlier this spring—namely that "new Final Fantasy games take precedence over a FFVII remake." Nomura added that the goal was to make games that rivaled or even surpassed FFVII.