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Final Fantasy VII remake not coming soon on mobile either

Final Fantasy VII probably holds the honour of being the most conspicuously un-remade game in history. Between the consistently rabid-fan love for the game, that PS3 demo, the PC re-release and Square-Enix's increasing reliance on back-catelogue rehashes, the fact that FFVII hasn't made a bigger repeat splash is the Meteo-wielding elephant in the room. 

Fans could have been forgiven for expecting a new portable version to be on the cards soon though. Square-Enix is set to have the first six games in the series available on iOS and Android by the end of the year, leaving a seemingly obvious next step. But apparently is it not to be. Once more numero seven is being spurned for a do-over, and once more that spurning seems to be an indefinite state of affairs. 

Speaking to ShackNews, S-E Producer Takashi Tokita has claimed that current hardware limitations will make a mobile version of the 16 year-old game impossible for a good long time to come. 

"Unfortunately, it's not that it's not impossible for us to develop Final Fantasy VII for mobile. It's that currently, space will be an issue. Phones won't be able to contain the space it takes. It's over a gigabyte. People are probably going to have to wait a few years" 

Apple's current size limit for iOS games is 2Gb. The recent PC re-release of FFVII game in at around 3Gb. Given that that version was an enhanced release with full, high-res diasplay support, it's perhaps surprising that the game can't be further compressed for a shrunk-down mobile version, but then again, that games does have a lot of cutscenes. 

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5 comments

  • Clovin64 - October 15, 2013 1:35 a.m.

    I know its a pretty trendy thing on the internet these days to criticize FFVII as being an overrated mediocre and mediocre, but I still think its an incredible game. THAT SAID, I'd take a remake of VI over VII any day. Maybe the 3DS would be a good fit for a FFVI remake.
  • Clovin64 - October 15, 2013 1:36 a.m.

    *as being overrated and mediocre* :)
  • Oujisama - October 14, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    How bout...we don't have a FF7 remake, and get on with our fucking lives?
  • winner2 - October 14, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    I think y'all said this already but maybe they're holding onto it for when they're REALLY fucked. I'm glad I've never cared about FF so this doesn't bother me
  • Swedish_Chef - October 14, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Pretty much this, at this point it's like they've got the FF7 Remake locked behind a sheet of glass with the warning "BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY MONEY LOSS" printed on it. Honestly though I'm one of the few people that would prefer a next gen remake of 6 over 7 but I can make do with the iOS port so long as they don't botch it in trying to cater for a casual audience.

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