Square-Enix's Final Fantasy 7 Remake Rumored
One of the most loved RPGs, and easily the most popular in the Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy 7 might be on its way to Steam, and in an updated format. At least, so said the Square-Enix-registered-but-now-offline-site www.finalfantasyviipc.com.
Some of the site's more eye catching tags read:
* "Enjoy the RPG classic FINAL FANTASY VII for PC, now with a host of new online features," reads the text.
* "Whether you're a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan.
* "Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure."
The closest we've come to a remake lately have been offshoots, CGI films, and the game's availability (in its original format) to the PlayStation Network in 2009. The PSN release of the game was downloaded 100,000 times during its first two weeks of release, making it the fastest-selling PlayStation game on the PlayStation Network. The game also created a legacy, with Sephiroth topping character lists as one of videogame's most popular villains, and Aerith's death as one of the most emotional moments in gaming (oh, you didn't know? What else can I spoil for you...oh yeah, the Titanic sinks).
These rumors of late breathe new life into the idea of a sequel that Square-Enix has vehemently denied for years. Fans have hungered for a remake, ever since a tech demo (aka, the biggest tease in the history of gaming) at the 2005 E3 showed us just what Final Fantasy 7 would, or could look like on PS3. Though Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada confirmed at the time that Final Fantasy 7 was not a guarantee, fans have been hoping for it ever since. But Square-Enix has seemed to shut that idea down at every turn, the most recent being in an interview with Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura, who said, "There are a lot of people who want a remake of Final Fantasy VII. However, new titles take precedence. We work our hardest to make something that might be even better than Final Fantasy VII. The new Final Fantasy must overcome the Final Fantasy of the past."