Unpopular Opinion – We Don’t Need Final Fantasy VII HD

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Fans have been clamoring for an HD remake of Final Fantasy VII ever since an HD tech demo impressed gamers several years ago at E3. Those desires have been refueled by the re-release of the PC edition that’s heading to the PlayStation 4. Here’s the thing, though; we really don’t need it.

Would it be cool to revisit Midgar with modern visuals? Sure. Personally, I’d much rather see re-releases of Final Fantasy IV and VI with their original visual style, but I’m weird.

Do you know what else would be cool, though? Getting to play Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 as soon as humanly possible.

It’s no secret that development times at Square Enix are, well, lengthy. Final Fantasy XV was originally announced as Final Fantasy XII Versus back in 2006. We’re coming up on nine years since that announcement with no release date in sight. Sure, we saw that impressive trailer at E3 in 2013. Yes, there was the Tokyo Game Show trailer/reality show bromance video from this year. And the biggest takeaway from both trailers is the fact that we won’t play in 2015. We’re not going to play an all-new Final Fantasy game until 2016… at the earliest.

And don’t even get me started on Kingdom Hearts III’s release date. That thing looks like it’s years away.

Unpopular Opinion - We Don't Need Final Fantasy VII HD

Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of upcoming Final Fantasy releases! There’s the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster coming next year for PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is also coming next year. We’ve seen several Final Fantasy XIII-related spin-offs in the past two years, and the handheld/PC re-releases are practically never ending. Sufficed to say, we’re already suffering from an overdose of re-releases and remasters within the Final Fantasy franchise.

So why do we want more of it?

Yes, Final Fantasy VII is regarded by many as one of the greatest games of all time. Yes, it would be super cool to see updated visuals, but those would take a lot of time to develop. Why don’t we, you know, let Square make new games and new experiences to fall in love with.

If you really want to experience Final Fantasy VII again, it’s $11.99 on Steam and there’s a Holiday Sale coming up. There you go. You can relive the memories without taking away Square Enix’s attention from new games.

  • Strontium Dingo

    My kids LOVE the Kingdom Hearts stuff. The oldest one wanted to experience Cloud and friends in their natural environment, so we played through FF7 together.

    It pains me to say it, but I think this is the correct usage of FF7 – to be experienced as a part of gaming history. Not as a game that, in its current format, IS awesome – one that WAS awesome, back in the day. SO much pointless reading, there is no way I’d accept that in any other game. And I LIKE reading. And don’t get me started on that Kalm Inn monologue. Sheesh.

    I do find it weird that she didn’t want to know anything at all about Squall, though – from what I saw, he plays a much larger part in Kingdom Hearts.

    This makes me wonder: Perhaps it’s the characters from FF7 that are so beloved, and not so much the game itself?