Xbox Germany Post False Confirmation of Final Fantasy VII Remake Going Multiplatform
This past week on the 10th of July Xbox of Germany posted a video to their Facebook account which falsely suggested that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be heading to the Xbox One. Oooops! This is what happens when you have people making your videos who have no idea what they are doing, and are not at all familiar with the source material. What the trained apes at Xbox were supposed to do was to make a sizzle reel of the Final Fantasy games which actually are available on the Xbox, which of course includes a port of the original Final Fantasy VII.
Square Enix were very quick to shut down any talk of Final Fantasy VII Remake being multiplatform:
As previously announced, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd 2020. We have no plans for other platforms.
The “we have no plans for other platforms” line is just the boilerplate Square Enix response to premature announcements of multiplatform release leaks, so there is every reason to believe that Xboners and PC gamers could be playing Final Fantasy VII Remake a year from the game’s PS4 release. Then again, maybe Square Enix will not worry about Microsoft’s current generation console, and will instead port it to Microsoft’s next generation Scarlett console.
This is certainly no confirmation that the game will never come to a Microsoft platform. That being said, this is no confirmation that Final Fantasy VII Remake is actually coming to a Microsoft platform either. The Microsoft video indicated that the game would be available to Xboners in March of 2020, which obviously is not the case since that is the date of the PS4 release. That means that this is not some accidental reveal of a legit incoming release. In short, this whole episode indicates nothing positive or negative about the likelihood of a future Xbox release of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Monolith Soft Sees Almost 100% Increase in Profit
This news seems to have emerged a little late, since Monolith Soft’s financial year ended back in March. Regardless, Monolith Soft have enjoyed a year-on-year increase in profits by a magnitude of 98.6%, from 138 million Yen for the year ending March 2018, to 274 million Yen for the year ending in March 2019. The last year has seen the release of Xenoblade 2: Torna, in both a digital version, which was part of the season pass, as well as a stand alone physical version. Monolith Soft are also deep in the process of developing a sequel to Breath of the Wild in cooperation with their mother company Nintendo. It seems likely that this Nintendo co-production has been responsible for a sizeable cash injection into the company.
In other news this is a great time for Monolith Soft to be so flush with cash, since they now have a fifth studio up and running in Osaki, Tokyo! That said, it is uncertain whether all of these studios are full capacity self-contained studios, since Monolith Soft does a lot of outsourced work for Nintendo (if you can even call the the output of a majority Nintendo-owned studio outsourced). Monolith Soft are now recruiting for system management staff, effect programmers, modelling technical artists, rigging artists, and more. It would be great if this added the capacity for even more great Monolith Soft JRPGs to be developed.
Dragon Quest IX Creators Talk Remake
This past week saw the 10th Anniversary Special livestream for Dragon Quest IX – how the time flies! The event included creator Yuji Horii, along with co-directors Akihiro Hino and Jin Fujisawa. The trio talked about mobile gaming, with Horii saying that he would like to do a number of specific things with a mobile game, but expressing regret that Nintendo has beat him to the punch with Pokémon GO. Talk then turned to a possible Dragon Quest IX remake, with Horii suggesting a port for smartphones in order to make use of several phone specific functions.
Akihiro Hino then pointed out that they could implement similar features in a Switch version using wifi. The trio agreed that Dragon Quest IX looked much better to them at the time than it does now, and so they think that fans would be glad for the remake simply due to the improved visuals. Reportedly 80-90% of viewers responded that they would prefer a Switch remake.
Akihiro Hino feels that it would probably take about a year to remake just the original content, though after that they then spoke about whether they should add additional story and quests to the game. Hino felt at the time of making Dragon Quest VIII and Dragon Quest IX that he would never want to do a remake or a spin-off, yet now he feels very amenable to a remake project. Ultimately, this was just the devs spitballing ideas, but it is interesting to note that the original creative team are thinking seriously about doing a remake. Hopefully any such remake will eschew the smartphone platform though.