The Final Fantasy saga is booming, and it is more than evident that Square Enix will continue betting on it for the coming years. With the recent release of the demo of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, fans are enjoying the new addition to the franchise. However, many are also contemplating the future of the franchise, whether it be new installments, remasterings, or remakes of titles that have already been released in the past.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VIII, leading to discussions about the potential for a remake of the game. In a recent interview with IGN, the director of the game, Yoshinori Kitase, was asked about the possibility of a remake. Although the project is currently not on the table, Kitase spoke about what a development of this magnitude would entail and what changes it would bring.
One of the major changes Kitase mentioned is a thorough revision of the combat system. He acknowledged that the original system was complex for some players, particularly the “Junction” system, which was integral to the game’s mechanics. Kitase expressed his desire to revisit the combat system and make it more balanced and accessible for all fans if a remake were to happen.
However, Kitase also noted that such a project would require a considerable investment of time and effort. Attempting to recreate the volume of content that RPGs had back then would not be a task that can be taken lightly. In fact, he mentioned that a potential remake of Final Fantasy VI could take about 20 years to become a reality.
Moreover, the director of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Rebirth expressed his reluctance to immediately embark on another numbered game remake after the completion of the Final Fantasy 7 remake trilogy. This suggests that the success of these remakes does not guarantee the release of more remakes in the future.
Overall, it is clear that the Final Fantasy franchise has a promising future, with potential remakes and new installments on the horizon. The recent demo release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has only added to the excitement of fans, fueling speculation about what is to come next in the iconic franchise.