Yeah, I think we've heard this before. But is there hope…?
Whenever Square Enix was asked why they haven't produced a Final Fantasy VII remake, the answer was usually the same: They don't have the requisite manpower, time or budget.
That's essentially what FFVII director Yoshinori Kitase told Eurogamer in a new interview :
"I can honestly tell you I would love to do that. If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There's no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen."
Kitase reiterated the "staff availability and budget" issue, and he added that he just isn't motivated enough right now to take on the massive project. So, the staff, budget and motivation all need to be there, and Kitase says he doesn't know if "those three things will happen simultaneously." He finished:
"I won't rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen."
He did say that if it were ever to happen, it would be the "biggest project" he'd ever done. "My life work," he added. Well, that sounds like a worthy endeavor, wouldn't you say?