Sorry. I just had to.
With the news today that Square Enix may intend to re-release the classic Final Fantasy VII for the PC complete with achievements and cloud saves, one has to wonder…
From a financial and resources standpoint, this is probably the easiest thing for the company to do; it isn't a remake and all they're doing is reissuing the same game they produced back in 1998 (it hit the PlayStation in '97). Adding the achievements, cloud saves, and a lame little feature that lets you increase your stats "with the click of a button" isn't complicated. But that's not the question here. The pressing question is- "Why even bother?"
Maybe it's a cost-effective way to further gauge the burning fan desire for an actual remake. Although PS1 classics are not often overhauled due to the sheer amount of time and effort involved, it has happened (and the Oddworld remake is coming, too). We're getting Final Fantasy X HD – which is much appreciated – and that also might serve as another gauge. It just seems bizarre to re-release FFVII for the PC out of the blue, especially when the company's primary focus this generation has been to move away from their JRPG roots.
Yes, it's easy and quick. So maybe they're just viewing this as a fast money-maker. But I'd really like to believe that, logically speaking, this is almost like a trial… And then we can finally talk about the drop-dead-awesome FFVII remake for the PS4!
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII