In a new interview with Glixel, Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, talked more about the progress of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake along with many other topics.
On the topic of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, one of the reasons Square Enix held off on developing it is because they didn’t want to disappoint the big expectations from fans. Sakaguchi said that remakes are difficult as he gave the original Star Wars trilogy as an example. George Lucas made several changes to the special editions of those movies, yet fans still like the original cuts instead.
He also said that he was not informed that they were making a remake of Final Fantasy 7 until it was publicly announced to everyone back at E3 2015. He was surprised (like everyone else) when it got announced.
Sakaguchi says he has seen previews of the game and speculates that the development team will keep the action in “real time”. He also feels it could be a new game in parts and it’s just sharing the same characters and story elements from the original.
He even said that when he left the company, Square Enix took the Final Fantasy franchise to a different direction. He admitted that he wasn’t happy with the way Final Fantasy XIII turned out. He is confident with the team now with Final Fantasy XV taking the series in the right direction.