Nomura Comments on FFV & FFVI Remakes

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Move over Final Fantasy VII, there may be more remakes on the way!
Sony's earth-shattering news of the Final Fantasy VII Remake stunned fans around the world this past week, but could there be more?

With thousands ecstatic about VII's remake, there's a plethora of reactions and feedback going around about how people feel about it. One of the things that has come up in our minds has been the question, "Will there be any more remakes of classic Final Fantasy games?"
Its a very good question.

To me, FFVII was one of my first Final Fantasy games. Being a bit young to really experience and care about the previous ones, I started VII in the early PS2 days.
While I absolutely adore the entire Final Fantasy brand, VII in itself, even as my first, is not technically my absolute favorite.
It was a cutting edge and revolutionary title in it's day to say the least, and I don't even mind all the "milking" of the VII brand itself that fans often get worked up over. However, I never had a "favorite" Final Fantasy, I tend to get deeply into one, then move onto another just the same- and I like the whole series.
If I absolutely had to put a handful of them aside and name the ones I most enjoyed, then I would have to tell you that (in no particular order), I would name FFV, FFVII, FFVIII, FFX, and the ongoing FFXIV.

Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited to see the Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation 4, it is going to be absolutely bananas to be able to experience such an incredible story on a console like the PS4, and completely remastered in a modern form as well.

But what about other games? Thousands of people love FFVII's predecessor, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy V is just as incredible.
Literally every FF title from I to VI came out in a succession and were hailed as practically unrivaled masterpieces, earning a legendary status in Role Playing Games.
FFIII had a good amount of spotlight after Square Enix decided to fill in some loose ends in the brand's catalogue by first bringing a completely redone FFIII to DS in 2007, and then to phones, PSP, and PCs later on.

To be totally honest here, I believe if we had to look at a main entry in Final Fantasy that has never gotten anything at all but was loved and adored that I believe is very deserving of a remake/upgrade/sequel/anything it would be Final Fantasy VIII.
But that's my opinion. 

In an interview with VentureBeat, Tetsuya Nomura made a statement to the idea of remakes on classics, specifically pertaining to FFV and FFVI. 
“Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me,” Nomura said. “How come we skipped over those two?”

While many have expressed concern in Square Enix losing focus on creating new IPs and new Final Fantasy games, I completely disagree with them personally.
These games are legendary, and they've had plenty of time to BE legendary.
There are amazing things modern technology can do to create breathtaking remakes of these classics, and I'm all for Square Enix retouching on some of them to do so.
Square Enix has been on top of their game lately, making an almost 360 degree turn from their previous loss of focus and stagnancy witnessed during the end of the 00's and early 2010's.

Again while not being officially announced, the presence of the Final Fantasy VII remake may not be just a "Promise being fulfilled", but could be the start of something more. Let me know what you think.

With the gargantuan success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the Heavensward expansion launched this month, Kingdom Hearts III, the Final Fantasy VII remake, a new Dissidia game for PS4, Final Fantasy XV, and plenty more fantastic upcoming titles, it is very safe to say that Square has my trust 100% that whatever they come up with regarding remakes, sequels, and new titles will be mind-blowingly awesome.
They just seem to be noticing many things that fans have loved so much for so long and are finally beginning to give some of those things attention. Sometimes it is just the small stuff, like in FFXIV your magitek mount (inspired by FFVI) plays the FFVI over world theme music when you use it.

If you're against Square Enix remaking older games or generally disagree with anything I've said here, please sound off in the comments section below- I'd like to hear your opinion,

Final Fantasy V and VI remakes? Yay or nay?




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