For the first time in a while, a Square Enix executive has directly answered a question concerning the scant possibility of a Final Fantasy VII remake.
Unfortunately, those in the know realize that the answer is little more than an elaborate "no." During a recent Q&A session (as cited by GameSpot ), Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said they'd deliver a remake for FFVII if…wait for it…
'deep breath' If they create a new Final Fantasy title that surpasses FFVII "in terms of quality and sales." Sadly, the hardcore fans know this leaves the company a couple outs: Even if they do make a FF that tops FFVII in sales, the "quality" part is almost entirely subjective. The only way to define it is to use a Metacritic review average or something; FFVII's average score is 92, which actually seems beatable…provided Square Enix could actually make a FF installment worthy of a higher score.
The most interesting part is that Wada said if they released a remake right now, "the series would be done for." Personally, I'd want some elaboration on that point but I'm afraid I'd actually get it. I'm not really sure how the company views this franchise anymore and at this point, I'm not sure I want to. Probably too depressing.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII