Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy 15, has said that he wouldn’t work on the remake of FInal Fantasy 7 if he were given the chance. He was asked about the possibility at the Tokyo Game Show, but why would Hajime Tabata and Final Fantasy 7 not mix? Mainly, fear of disappointment.
However well Final Fantasy 15 did in the year since it released back in November of 2016, Final Fantasy 7 is still one of the best-regarded Final Fantasy games and is widely seen as one of the greatest video games of all time. Due to this, Hajime Tabata turned down the possibility of directing the game out of fear of disappointing the game’s many fans.
Instead, Tabata said that he would prefer leaving the Final Fantasy 7 remake to the game’s original directors, Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura. After all, even if Hajime Tabata and Final Fantasy 7 don’t mix, you can’t really go wrong with the same directors that made the game great in the first place.
Tabata was marginally involved with Final Fantasy 7 in that he directed the Crisis Core spin-off, which focused on Zack Fair (Cloud’s mentor who dies a short time before the game begins). While that game sold very well, generating over 3 million units in sales, Tabata said that he didn’t think that was enough. However, he did say that he might work on Final Fantasy 8-2, if asked.
Even if Hajime Tabata and Final Fantasy 7 aren’t a pair of phrases that will be going together, we still have the game to look forward to as helmed by its original directors once again. With all of the new things that they’ll be able to do in the game now that the Playstation 4 is such an enormous step up over the Playstation.
The Final Fantasy 7 remake doesn’t have a release date yet, but until it comes out hopefully we’ll get more information at the 2017 Paris Game Show.