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http://www.polygon.com/a/final-fantasy-7

 

If you like FF7 and want to know the story behind it just read this long and awsome article with quotes from a lot of his devs. Its amazing.

 

"

Tetsuya Nomura

Character and battle visual director, Square Japan

I remember walking down the hall when Sakaguchi-san stopped me and said, “Hey, look at this!” He was wearing this jumper jacket, and he turned around and showed me the PlayStation logo on the back. I stood there kind of dumbfounded. … I was pretty low on the totem pole at Square back then, so I couldn’t really say anything in response — and in any event, even if he had talked to me about it, I was only in a position to nod and agree with him."

 

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Hironobu Sakaguchi

Producer and executive vice president, Square Japan; Chairman and chief executive officer, Square USA

When we made our decision, the president of Square [Masafumi Miyamoto], our lead programmer [Ken Narita] and I went to a meeting with Yamauchi-san. There is an old cultural tradition where, in Kyoto, someone will welcome you with tea, but you’re not supposed to really drink that tea. It’s just polite to have it there. And Yamauchi-san welcomed us with a very expensive bento meal and beer, and gave us a very nice welcome and basically patted us on the back to say, “I wish you the best.” No bitter feelings or anything."

 

"Hiroshi Kawai

Character programmer, Square Japan

I think [Sakaguchi] is just trying to be politically correct with that one."

 

"

Hiroshi Kawai

Character programmer, Square Japan

What I heard was Nintendo said, “If you’re leaving us, never come back.”"

 

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Nintendo: "If you're leaving us, never come back" LMFAO

Maybe that's why we haven't seen mainline FFs on Nintendo ever since, lol! Guess that crushes my hopes for FFVII Remake on Switch.



LOLOLOLOL

Oh Yamauchi :)



Ljink96 said:
Nintendo: "If you're leaving us, never come back" LMFAO

Maybe that's why we haven't seen mainline FFs on Nintendo ever since, lol! Guess that crushes my hopes for FFVII Remake on Switch.

That was 20 years ago, Yamauchi isn't even alive anymore. 

FFVII Remake likely is costing so much it will eventually be on everything -- PC, XBox, Switch, maybe even iOS/Android eventually when the chipsets allow it. 



Soundwave said:
Ljink96 said:
Nintendo: "If you're leaving us, never come back" LMFAO

Maybe that's why we haven't seen mainline FFs on Nintendo ever since, lol! Guess that crushes my hopes for FFVII Remake on Switch.

That was 20 years ago, Yamauchi isn't even alive anymore. 

FFVII Remake likely is costing so much it will eventually be on everything -- PC, XBox, Switch, maybe even iOS/Android eventually when the chipsets allow it. 



 

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ClassicGamingWizzz said:
Soundwave said:

That was 20 years ago, Yamauchi isn't even alive anymore. 

FFVII Remake likely is costing so much it will eventually be on everything -- PC, XBox, Switch, maybe even iOS/Android eventually when the chipsets allow it. 

In Japan, Final Fantasy XIII is on iOS, so is Dragon Quest X. Bet you didn't know that? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t1lFSO6JH8

Granted it runs through Square-Enix's streaming service but still. 

In fact a big part of the appeal of porting FFVIIR to Switch is likely that Square-Enix will easily then be able to port that version to iOS/Android. A huge percentage of Square-Enix's profit now comes from mobile, like it or not. 

Mobile chips will continue to get better and better too, in 2-3 years, yeah you'll probably have 10nm mobile chips that can run even PS4 ports. 




"
Yoshihiro Maruyama

Executive vice president, Square U.S.

I think [Final Fantasy 7’s success] changed [Sakaguchi’s] style in a slightly negative way. [Laughs] He thought he could do anything within the company. That’s why he started investing even more money in Final Fantasy the movie, which became one of the biggest flops. That made him a little out of control. The original budget of the film was like $40 million dollars, and it [ended up costing] close to $150 million. So when I actually did the calculation on how much it was going to cost based on the number of people Sakaguchi wanted to assign, I quickly figured out it couldn’t be finished for $40 million. But you know, they did it anyway. They kept investing more money."

Sakaguchi done fucked up this real good.

 

Tomoyuki Takechi

President and chief executive officer, Square

In 2001, the fiscal year ending in March, that was the first year that Square ever went into the red. … The movie was the main reason for that. But we also delayed Final Fantasy 10 past the end of the fiscal year, and that was another big factor. … And to take responsibility for going into the red, I decided to step down and leave the company. Then Sakaguchi-san said, “Well, it’s not fair for you to have to leave, so I’ll take responsibility and leave as well.” That’s why Sakaguchi-san left.



 

Nintendo are like bitter little girls lol I've heard all the stories xD



Tetsuya Nomura

OK, so maybe I did kill Aerith. But if I hadn’t stopped you, in the second half of the game, you were planning to kill everyone off but the final three characters the player chooses!

 

 

Yoshinori Kitase

No way! I wrote that? Where?

 

 

Tetsuya Nomura

In the scene where they parachute into Midgar. You wanted everyone to die there!

 

 

omg... I'm lost for words



Soundwave said:
Ljink96 said:
Nintendo: "If you're leaving us, never come back" LMFAO

Maybe that's why we haven't seen mainline FFs on Nintendo ever since, lol! Guess that crushes my hopes for FFVII Remake on Switch.

That was 20 years ago, Yamauchi isn't even alive anymore. 

FFVII Remake likely is costing so much it will eventually be on everything -- PC, XBox, Switch, maybe even iOS/Android eventually when the chipsets allow it. 

You really want it on the switch don't you xD its so obvious.