Fans of Final Fantasy VII have been awaiting the remake ever since it was announced back in 2015. Even though continuing reports indicate that Final Fantasy VII Remake is unlikely to come out this year, recent hints suggest that it might not be the only PS1 Final Fantasy game to get remade by Square Enix.
During an interview with IBTimes UK, Takashi Katano, the director for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (an HD remaster of the original PS2 game), said that any further re-releases would have to be done as remakes instead of remasters, due to the hardware limitations the original titles were released on. This means that a remake of Final Fantasy VI, VIII, or IX is entirely possible in the future.
According to Katano:
[Final Fantasy 12] is a PS2 title, and you look at the other titles in the series and technologically anything before the PS2 era is going to be quite difficult to do a modern remaster of to a suitable level of quality… That means [a future game] is far more likely to be a remake.
As for which game specifically would be next to get the modern HD remake treatment, Katano said that would largely be determined by the fans:
We really have to hear their voices on that, if they want to see a remake or a remaster of a certain game then that’s more likely to be the one we go for.
Of course, fans are still waiting for the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake for the PS4. Square Enix plans to release the game in multiple parts so that none of the original content from the iconic JRPG gets cut. While the remake will follow the original game’s story, there have been various adjustments and improvements made, including a more action-based combat system and new areas to explore.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be released worldwide on the PlayStation 4 on July 2017.