Speaking with GamesBeat following the Square Enix E3 2015 press conference, CEO Yosuke Masuda explained that the reason for the big briefing was because they have a lot of games to present this year and “we didn’t feel that we’d be able to effectively showcase the entire lineup at just the booth itself or at the first-party conferences.”
Of course, Square Enix titles made their way into other press conferences, including the Xbox-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider and PlayStation 4-exclusive Final Fantasy VII Remake. Asked if either will go multi-platform, Masuda said:
Of course we have relationships with all platforms, so it’s hard to go into much detail, but with regards to what we have announced, they are exclusive. It’s exactly as we announced it at the conferences.
When the Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced and the crowd went wild, Masuda says, “We once again realized how much this game is loved. It was great to hear.” Pressed about whether this gives him any dilemma about doing more remakes, he replied that FFVII is a special case:
Regarding remakes, we’ll look into doing them if there is consumer demand. That said, at our core is creating new Final Fantasy games. The core value of Final Fantasy is to continue to test the limits and create unique new experiences that exceed the previous titles. That’s where we’re at with the brand. That’s always at the base of it. Final Fantasy VII was a special case, in light of that core value.
On the subject of Final Fantasy remakes, GamesBeat attended a roundtable with FF7 Remake Game Director Tetsuya Nomura, where he was asked if they had any interest in remaking Final Fantasy VIII or IX. Instead, he talked about a couple different FF titles:
Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me. How come we skipped over those two?
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Square Enix Will Look Into More Final Fantasy Remakes "if There is Consumer Demand"