Final Fantasy 7: more powerful than Final Fantasy 16?

Is Final Fantasy 7 more powerful than all of Final Fantasy put together? This is the question we can ask ourselves today. While we recently saw the 25ᵉ anniversary of the game come to fruition with a host of projects following their course, we can rejoice in the enthusiasm of the fans, but also worry a little about the continuation of Square’s adventures. Enix …

Summary

  • The end of an era …
  • Remake: a weapon of mass destruction?
  • When the price freezes …
  • The mobile: savior of tall projects
  • After the FF7 Remake

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The end of an era …

Final Fantasy VII Remakeis a project official date from 2015. We are talking about a large construction site and after the release in 2020 of the first opus, now the second part finally formed into a trailer. It’s set for the end of 2023 and is shown in images, with little sequence to play. We continue this epic, which differs from the original in many respects. We’re already halfway through the project, unexpectedly, because the game lasted more than 7 years to deliver part 1, some hoped the adventure would end in 2030, but thankfully, much earlier…

Finally, we hope that, as studio experts claim the third and final installation is already in progress. They have tools, models, game systems, and with part 2, they work on open world relationships. ‘That’s why they can only extend the production pipeline by 2, to get a third phase out of it, which is therefore quick to release. It’s like Matrix 1, and Matrix 2 and 3 that immediately come out of each other. This assumption is clearly taken with a grain of salt. However, this excitement around FF7 betrays a new strategy for Square Enix, a strategy that is in line with the times …


Remake: a weapon of mass destruction?

Square Enix isn’t the only company that exploits remakes as a key asset in solid revenue. Production costs are rising, and in a saga as much as Final Fantasy. In addition, the anthological structure of the franchise means we start from the left at each stage. This can be seen in the game’s plot, which since stage 10 has changed the structure of each opus, and it can also be seen in the expectations of the fans. It’s enough that the plot or the characters don’t fit the audience so we’re heading into a drama in terms of sales. We found it good Final Fantasy XVI. It’s HE, the next big project in the licensing canon, and yet, it doesn’t have to inspire people like FF7 Remake.

Final Fantasy 7: more powerful than Final Fantasy 16?

A box like Square Enix can’t pay for the many years of emptiness or half-waiting that will represent a future threat. So it is necessary to always fill many projects with 100% profit guarantee. It’s an event that many developers and publishers see, and it’s, for example, what happened in Capcom’s Resident Evil saga. We now have a canon episode, and a remake that will replace and ensure the financial stability of the box accounts. Nostalgia always pays off and promises that a remake is playing into the hearts of fans who are likely to buy the upcoming game. And we’ll see that in the making again Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VIIpresented last night, which promises to unleash the founding adventure of the FF7 myth, and that fans are likely to jump on.


When the price freezes …

This was a point that was already debated when the first Remake was released: how much did the entire game cost? FF7 is an adventure that lasts between 55 and 120 hours and is sold at the price of a normal game time. There, we pulled the rope with 3 games, lasting between 40 and 100 hours each, and sold the entire pot. Add to that the 10 euro increase between the PS4 and PS5 versions of the remake. This increase is also invited by the PC, as Square Enix has set its games at the highest market price in the new generation: the standard triple A PS5 of 80 euro… which also has to be paid for by the PC. The normal price, in PC, in dematerialized form, is therefore almost 30% more expensive than the price to pay at the exit for an AAA. However, for now, Intergrade is discounted to € 52 on Steam. The pill will pass or not, that’s the question, so far the opinions are very positive.

However, there are only 52, which means that in three weeks, if the price goes up to 80 euros and people finish the session, the returns will be different. And if you’re not convinced by the aggressiveness of such a policy regarding your portfolio, we’ll recall that Forspoken, Square Enix’s next year -end triple A, costs at least € 80 on Steam today, with no discount today season, and the next edition is 105 euros. It’s almost double the price of triple A on the PC. The message is clear, if you are a fan of our quality products, you have to pay the price, and the presence of merchandising revealed at the conference in the middle of the games, with particular bracelets, an alarm clock, and a statue, would perfectly go in this direction. On the other hand, if you don’t like to pay for your games, Square Enix also thinks of you: free to play which is the company’s real financial asset.


The mobile: savior of tall projects

As we have seen, the alternating remake and canon project is to ensure profit. Exit from high priced games and marketing will also go in this direction. However, if we look at the last financial years of the company, these are MMOs, and therefore FF14, but especially many mobile projects, that generate money. They were not even absent from FF7’s 25th anniversary conference, and represented 50% of the announcements. First Soldier, the FF7 battle royal continues its momentum with new content. We’re already in Season 3, and according to Sensor Tower, it’s a game that only generated $ 100,000 in the last month. We’re far behind the revenues of the top 10 Square Enix mobile games, so the push for more enthusiasm is justified, especially at a time when the franchise’s Triple A games are in the news.

Final Fantasy 7: more powerful than Final Fantasy 16?

It may make fans want to wait for a game in the same universe. Other FF7 mobile projects have already been announced, and offer the game here, especially in combat. We’re talking about Ever Crisis, another remake. This game promises an adventure that connects different FF7 products. But watch out, who says free to play on mobile says seasonal content and microtransactions. In the trailer we see a variety of outfits, especially for Aerith, and we already know that there is a gatcha system to unlock the weapons … So it’s a safe bet that the economy model in particular expected to turn.


After the FF7 Remake

In fact, in the hearts of fans, there is no FF as loved as the seventh season. This is the first RPG of the entire generation. He is revered, worshiped, sacred, and his universe has already received eight dedicated works, surrounding the base game, not counting First Order, Ever Crisis, FF7 Remake in 3 parts, and the Crisis Core remake. But what can Square Enix do next? If we look closely, there are other games in the franchise that have a good aura: Final Fantasy XFF6, Final Fantasy IX good examples and they can do a remake, after various remasters and mobile projects. The ninth episode has been announced for months to host a remake, which would make sense, since it’s one of the best games in the saga.

Final Fantasy 7: more powerful than Final Fantasy 16?

For X, it is FF that lends itself the most. By the way, we recently had echoes of an X-3 episode, where there was a script. One thing is for sure, redesigning FF Open Worlds is more complicated than redesigning FF corridors. And then, if we look at the Final Fantasy saga, there are also Tactics, dedicated to portable consoles and mobiles, that can make a comeback on the Switch. But whatever it is, nothing can be of the caliber of an FF7, which benefits from movies, series, spin-offs, mobile gaming, portable gaming and premium games. So we have to think about the future right away, but we think Square Enix already knows this concern…


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