Final Fantasy VII is one of the most oft-requested remakes whether you're talking about Final Fantasy or games in general, but be careful what you wish for: should it ever happen, the game may not end up being just like fans remember it.
Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase, who is currently serving as a producer on the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2 and was the director of Final Fantasy VII, recently spoke about how he would personally like to approach a remake of VII, should it ever happen. He's not keen on leaving things just as they are, a stance that could upset diehard fans.
"If I may speak as a game creator, if we were to produce a remake of VII, for example, I would be really tempted to delete things and add new elements, new systems or whatever because if we were to make exactly the same thing now, it'd be like a repeat," he told OXM UK.
"It'd be an issue of repetition and not as much fun to make such a game. So I'd be really interested in rearranging games or reshaping games into something slightly different even though it's supposed to be the same game. But if we did that, the fans might be disappointed or 'this is not what I was expecting' so in that sense maybe some might say that it's better to let memory be memory."
He talked about how, when he now plays games he worked on in the past, he's able to identify things that make him think "'oh, that is not really cool' or 'that probably should have been a bit better than that' and that sort of thing."
Of course, he isn't ignorant to the potential response that changes to a game as beloved as FFVII could yield.
"But on the other hand, those slightly negative features and bits, for some of the really enthusiastic fans of these titles, that gives the game extra flavor or personality or whatever," he said. "So maybe they would rather we didn't do anything about it and we just leave it in as it is. It's very difficult to decide what we should we keep in and what we should take out."
His comments could apply to titles other than FFVII, as he only used that particular game as an example. It's also no guarantee a remake of VII will happen in the near future, although there has been plenty of talk about it in recent years.