Sony’s E3 press conference had several big, exciting announcements that riled up the crowd, and one of the biggest (even though the surprise was let out of the bag a little early via the rumor mill) was a complete remake of the beloved RPG Final Fantasy VII. Fans have been pleading with Square Enix to remake the game for years now, and the Japanese publisher finally gave them their wish. When asked why they chose to announce it when they did (during E3, and specifically during Sony’s press conference), director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that he’s hoping it will boost PlayStation 4 sales.
“Why now? This week at E3 we announced several titles coming to the PS4: not only FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and World of Final Fantasy, but [also] a new Star Ocean and more. Rather than announce the remake after those titles went on sale, we wanted to give gamers something that would make them happy – open them up, perhaps, to buying into the PS4.” — Tetsuya Nomura
PlayStation 4 is already selling very well on a global scale, but its sales have been disappointing in its home country of Japan. The
Final Fantasy VII remake definitely has the potential to excite Japanese gamers. The remake is confirmed to launch first on PlayStation 4, but it could come to other platforms at a later time.