By Vamien McKalin | Mar 23, 2013 09:26 AM EDT
The one game almost all fans of the JRPG genre would love to see remade on both the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox 720, is Final Fantasy 7. This is the game that arguably popularized JRPG outside of Japan, and could very well be the game to save the genre.
Final Fantasy 7 was released back in 1997 on the original PlayStation after being in development for 3 long years. The game quickly became a critical and commercial success, and went on to achieve 10 million copies sold since 2010.
The game's story centers around Cloud Strife, a mercenary for hire who ended up joining the eco terrorist group, "AVALANCHE." To cut a long story short, Cloud and his team went on to save the planet from the legendary member of "SOLDIER," Sephiroth.
As the years passed by since the release of Final Fantasy 7, it became apparent that fans grew tired of the game's classic setting. The graphics began to age, everyone got use to voice overs so no one wished to read anymore, and there are those who never played the game before, but want to. However, they won't because the game has grown to be very ugly.
With these issues in mind, many gamers saw it fit to chant for a remake. Their voice got even louder when Square Enix highlighted a Final Fantasy 7 tech demo running on the PlayStation 3 back at E3 2005. Unfortunately, nothing came out of it; it was just a demonstration to show off what the PlayStation 3 was capable of doing.
During the years that passed, fans continued to chant for a remake, but Square Enix never bothered to do a thing, but that could all change with the coming of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.
The reason why Final Fantasy 7 was never remade could have boiled down to the available technology at the time. If you've played it, then you would know it is a huge game with a million and one things to do, so modernizing such a game would require technology that wasn't a part of consoles at the time. The 256MB of available RAM on the PlayStation 3 would probably force Square Enix to leave out certain aspects of the game, which would in turn anger fans; the same could be said for the 512MB in the Xbox 360.
Have you ever sat back and thought about why Final Fantasy Versus 13 is taking so long to be developed? It could very well be due to lack of resources. If you have seen the gameplay footages, you'll realize how much this game is a very ambitious title, one just doesn't unveil a game like this back in 2006 and 7 years after, it's still struggling to get out.
With the official announcement of the PlayStation 4 last month and its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is not also called DDR5 as some might call it, and the rumored 8GB DDR3 RAM in the Xbox 720, Final Fantasy 7 is on the verge of finally being remade for modern consoles. The technology is here now; Square Enix should be able to bring all the great things in Final Fantasy 7 to life on modern hardware, no sweat.
At the PlayStation 4 unveiling, Square Enix CEO was very excited about displaying a Final Fantasy game at E3. This will not be Final Fantasy 7, but it will be Final Fantasy Versus 13 for next generation consoles, proving without a doubt that lack of resources stood as the main problem.
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