I've waffled on this subject but then again, I'm entitled…it has been a topic of conversation for a long time.
At first, I hated the idea. I stuck to my guns by saying it's sacrilege to go and mess with perfection; to needlessly overhaul what may be the most perfect role-playing game in existence. Then, after being introduced to the wonders of high-definition gaming and seeing "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children," I pulled a complete 180 and suddenly craved the remake. I figured that if they only put a shiny HD coat on the game without touching the actual gameplay, it'd be amazing. Don't add anything; just maintain the greatness of the game at all costs and make it visually stunning. I assumed that was well within Square Enix's capability, and the fans would love it.
But now, I feel the bottom line is this- they've waited too long. FFVII is too old. I'm sorry, but it is. In order for the gameplay to appeal to an acceptable number of younger gamers – acceptable to warrant the project's existence – they would have to do away with the archaic turn-based mechanic. I love it to pieces; the hardcore fans love it to pieces, and there are younger gamers who might also love it to pieces. But look at the direction this industry is going: faster, faster, faster. It's all anyone seems to care about. Square Enix would not be able to help themselves; if they did a FFVII remake, they'd mess with it. I'm convinced of that now.
In which case, just leave well enough alone.