Square Enix Boss Hajime Tabata Would Turn Down Directing the Final Fantasy VII Remake

Remaking Final Fantasy VII is something fans demanded for year after year, and despite the fact that Square Enix is actually remaking the massive RPG, many have been wondering just how feasible it is to do a game of its size but with today’s visuals – specifically Square Enix’s penchant for bleeding-edge graphics.

A veteran within the company, Tetsuya Nomura, is helming the project as director, quite the step-up from his role on the original 1997 game as the main character designer. So far, Nomura has been optimistic and upbeat about the titanic scale of the project, reassuring fans despite endless speculation. Would another Square Enix boss, Hajime Tabata, take on this project? Apparently not.

The Head of Square Enix’s Business Division 2 and part of the Final Fantasy Committee that oversees the entire franchise said he’d turn down being the director on the project – news confirmed with an interview between Tabata and Gamerevolution at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

“No I wouldn’t,” Tabata said in the interview. When pressured to explain why, he said that “it’s something I couldn’t make, myself. That’s about it.”

He was naturally pushed a bit more to explain his stance further and if there would be a lot of pressure, to which he said “Final Fantasy VII is a special game.” He continued:

“It’s such a special numbered game that I don’t think I can remake that one. There’s so many fans out there, if I were asked to satisfy all those fans, I don’t think that’s something I could do, 100%.

If [Square Enix] asked me to make a new Final Fantasy and take it in a new direction, I’d be happy to accept that one, but if they asked me to remake Final Fantasy VII — to release as if it were a modern game, just released today — no, I don’t think that’s something I can do. I think the only people who could do that are Mr. (Yoshinori) Kitase and Mr. (Tetsuya) Nomura.”

He was then commended for his work on Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, however Tabata quickly pointed out this wasn’t the main game, it’s just a spinoff-prequel of sorts. He did, however, say he’d consider making Final Fantasy VII-2, adding “that might be different.”

Despite his talent and standing within the company, many worried Final Fantasy Versus XIII, now re-branded as Final Fantasy XV, took eons in development because of mismanagement – where Nomura was originally the director since its inception way back in 2006. Once the game was rebranded and Tabata took over, it finally started to have some kind of release window.

It’s worth pointing out that while the Final Fantasy VII remake has no solid release window to speak of currently, it will be released in three separate games.

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  • NuclearCherries

    Can neither do it? I just want it to remain faithful, and I don’t trust Nomura, mostly because he’s a hack.

  • InfectedAI

    Kawaii Cross-dressing Cloud or riot.

  • NuclearCherries

    That was confirmed, thank goodness.

    Means the FFVII remake won’t be emo cloud, at least. (I hope)

  • Kain Yusanagi

    Jesus fucking christ, it’s going to be made into three separate games as well? God dammit. Must have been one of the things I missed during its initial info blurb release.

  • InfectedAI

    I really hope they don’t change ANYTHING for the sake of political correctness and the like.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    It’ll never be as good as the original VII relative to its time.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Been pointed out a dozen times here.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    He knows better.

  • How could you have missed it? One of the biggest cons of this remake.

  • 2501

    well… the original game does open up with the hero committing an terrorist act. You can guarantee that Square are gonna try and sugarcoat that sequence, just another reason why FFVII is a product of it’s time.

  • Silhouette

    I had to turn my ad blockers back on just to be able to comment; The ads were causing the page to perpetually load x.x

  • Silhouette

    It’s okay. ShinRa is really bad guys.

  • 2501

    “ALLAHU AKBAR!” – Cloud Strife.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    That’s good. We need him on FF16, not to waste time on a remake.

  • ProxyDoug

    Crisis Core is an overated mess.
    Almost every side quest is on a menu and is just monster hunting like in FFXII. The fight system and Materia crafting are clunky and limited.

  • JonahTHD

    IF you’re not already, use uBlock Origin. Works for me better than any other ad blocker I’ve used before.

  • Phasmatis75

    TLDR: who ever females this and fails ends their career.

  • Ace

    Agreed.

  • 2501

    Honestly though, i would love it if they actually explored the moral compass of AVALANCHE”s actions. Blowing up monumental powerplants that destory innocent lives for the greater good of the planet . If Yoko Taro was involved he would most certainly do that.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    After the first info on it was released, I tried to avoid everything about it until it actually came out, because it just kept being more and more disappointing hearing about it, like the change from turnbased to active combat, and so on.

  • Snorlaxation

    Definitely not. But much like remakes of good older movies, the comparison to the game itself will be unavoidable, separate from the impact it had and the original nostalgia, since it will also be relying on nostalgia.

  • Snorlaxation

    If they don’t stray super far from the original script, there shouldn’t be an issue there.
    Although I do think Tifa in short shorts would be better than a skirt.

  • RichardGristle

    They should put this shitty franchise to bed and start focusing on actually good games like Octopath.

  • Larverto

    I’m not gonna lie, I was sort of beginning to forget they were doing this remake because of how long they were gonna take. Though I haven’t been paying attention to this series in general lately.

  • Chili

    No, we need him to stick to Dissidia and handheld games while Nomura and Matsuno handle the big stuff.

  • Jack Thompson

    Well they went with the Advent Children emo Cloud design, so I’m guessing they’re going to fuck him up bad by retconning cocky Cloud into emo Cloud.

  • Jack Thompson

    Crossdressing cloud confirmed. Cloud in a hot tub at Honeybee Inn with a bunch of gay dudes though seems far more unlikely.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    It’s only gonna get worse so I don’t blame you.

  • Chris Amaro

    RIP FF

  • Silhouette

    Eh, Okay. Even I’ll admit some of the non-story stuff was a bit less than desired, but I personally really liked it, even if it was just the story.

  • Kchri

    When and where was it supposedly confirmed that the Remake would be 3 (three) separate games?! They only ever stated “multi-part” series/installments.

  • Qmish

    I like Tabata’s games for gameplay.