Yoshinori Kitase, the director and producer of several Final Fantasy games, recently revealed that a full remake of Final Fantasy VI would take 20 years to make due to its ambitious scale and multiple character stories. As of writing, Square Enix is still in the lengthy process of remaking Final Fantasy VII across three games as a planned trilogy. If a remake of the sixth installment were to happen on that scale, it would probably take much longer to develop.
Kitase explained that much in a recent interview, stating that a full remake of Final Fantasy VI would not only take 20 years but it would be bigger than Final Fantasy VII. This is due to the game’s structure which features several important character stories that intertwine in its intricate, politically charged narrative, not to mention its massive overworld and tonal shift midway through that drastically changes the landscape of the world.
However, some have argued that Final Fantasy VII is actually a more ambitious remake since the original game is larger in scope than Final Fantasy VI, which isn’t wrong. It’s also easy to see why Kitase thinks a full remake of the sixth game might take a lot longer, especially since Square Enix had a lot of “modern” design references to use for the Final Fantasy VII remakes based on the Advent Children movie, making the pre-planning process a bit smoother. Final Fantasy VI has no such “modernised” reinterpretation (not counting Dissidia), so character designs and locations would need to be remade from scratch.
In related news, Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth which catches you up on the story so far. Earlier this month, the publisher also released several screenshots from the game showing Yuffie and Cait Sith in action, as well as a short trailer that teases the giant snake boss fight and Sephiroth as the primary villain.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on 29 February 2024 for PS5. Make sure you check out our South African pre-order guide and its various editions that you can pre-purchase right now.