Citing fears that Square Enix would ruin a remake of Final Fantasy VII, Yoshinori Kitase, the original director of the game, does not care what company works on the remake as long as Square Enix is not involved.Talking to interviewers in preparation for the release of Rise of Mana, Kitase was bombarded with questions unrelated to the game. These questions mostly revolved around a possible remake of Final Fantasy VII.
“Look, I would love for Square to work on a remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that is no longer an option,” reminisced Kitase, “To be honest, I can not picture an outcome where a remake of Final Fantasy VII will be better than the original as long as Square Enix is behind it. Have you played Lightning Returns? Even I thought that game would not receive good reviews and I produced it.”
Reporters were shocked that Kitase would be so blasé about disparaging the company that he worked for. Others were not so surprised.
“I pretty much have immunity,” remarked Kitase, “They can not fire the man who directed Final Fantasy VII. That is like firing Miyamoto from Nintendo. The last thing Square Enix needs is headlines about firing the guy who helped direct Chrono Trigger. People still remember that as a good game. Will people remember Rise of Mana as a good game? The answer is no in case you were wondering.”
He then elaborated on his thoughts about a potential Final Fantasy VII remake and who he would want to work on this treasured title.
“Anybody but Square Enix would be fine,” said Kitase, “Even bad developers would be acceptable because they would have respect for the franchise and rise to the occasion. Look around you. I am supposed to be promoting Rise of Mana right now. This is a free-to-play game on smartphone platforms that is supposed to be another landmark title in a franchise that is now even further ruined. However, I can not leave this company. Ito-san still needs a friend.”
Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda has said that this is some of the most positive attention Square Enix has received in the last few days.