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Many Final Fantasy fans have spent years begging for a remake of the PlayStation 1 classic FF VII, but have you stopped to consider how the game might change in its new form? As confirmed by Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase, the team at Square Enix would likely make some big changes in a remake.
Speaking with Official Xbox Magazine, Kitase explained why he wouldn't be willing to do a straight port of all the content and systems of the original game:
"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.
"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."
Kitase doesn't bring up any specific examples of what he would change, but one segment that fans often forget about is the bit where Cloud cross-dresses to infiltrate an enemy compound. I have a feeling that would be a little more difficult to pull off in a modern big-budget game in a way that doesn't come off as crass or silly.
What do you think? Are there any changes you would want Kitase and crew to make, should they ever finally decide to remake Final Fantasy VII? Or do you agree that the game might do better just remaining a memory?