Ever since they announced Shenmue 3 and the Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3, I've been wondering:

Is there any chance these new incarnations can attract the younger generation? In other words, will either game appeal to anybody who is unfamiliar? If you never played the original games, what are the chances that you're going to care?

I guess there's a slim chance. Square Enix has already said the FFVII remake won't be the same game , which probably means they're planning some real-time action-oriented mess that doesn't even remotely resemble an RPG. But whatever. It's what they do. As for Yu Suzuki and Co., I think they might produce something that's closer to the original game(s); it might be better that it didn't hit the $10 million goal, actually.

If Square Enix wrecks FFVII, nobody will want it. The fans will just ignore it and try to pretend it doesn't exist, while newcomers will only see "Final Fantasy" in the title and likely be scared off. If you want the action crowd, it's hard to convince them to buy a franchise they've always associated with role-playing, no matter how flashy and bombastic you can make it. As for Shenmue 3 , I have a bad feeling it can only be effectively marketed towards Japanese gamers. Young American gamers will only see "some old Japanese game" they don't care about.

But who knows, right?

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shenmue 3