During the week, Square Enix announced that they would be remaking Final Fantasy VII and apart from pleasing fans of the franchise and making new fans, Square Enix has other reasons for it as well. Speaking to Engadget, Final Fantasy VII remake director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that they are hoping that this will help increase the number of PS4s sold by Sony.
According to Nomura, “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.”
This seems to confirm earlier reports that the next-gen consoles in Japan aren’t doing as well as they are in other markets. Last year we reported that both the PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One weren’t selling as well so by introducing games like a remade Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix is hoping that this will make the consoles more appealing. As it stands, the remake appears to be only for the PS4 at this moment, but perhaps it could be announced for the Xbox One and PC later on.