The boss of PlayStation did not know about the remodeling of Final Fantasy VII when Square Enix toured the world…
We all remember where we were when Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation 4, right? No, that’s not Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s the PC port of Final Fantasy VII from 1997. When speculation and hype were at an all-time high for the supposed remake project, Shinji Hashimoto took the stage at PlayStation Experience 2014 and got in front of the PlayStation community revealing that the PC version of the original game would be coming to PS4. Six months later, the Final Fantasy VII Remake would become a reality, but at the time it felt like the biggest insult imaginable.
Why isn’t Square Enix listening to its fanbase? Why are you fishing with a PS4 port that no one wants? Turns out this was the plan all along, but even some of Sony’s employees got carried away by this revelation. Adam Boyes, former vice president of third-party relations for PlayStation, told Maxi Game that he had no idea about the project. That’s despite being the one who helped bring Final Fantasy VII Remake to PS4 just a few months later.
“I didn’t know about the remake project at the time. The number one rule for going onstage at E3 is to never read the comments, and of course I’m a horrible example of that because I read all the comments. I think the biggest feeling that everybody had was that, you know, Lucy took the ball out for Charlie Brown and he pushed it away. Because everyone thought it was going to be one thing and then it was something completely different.”
“So when I found out that they were interested in announcing the FFVII Remake, I was like, ‘oh here’s the payment. It helped lessen the blow when people complained when you knew what was going to happen at the end and that it was going to be an amazing moment on stage.” Oh Square Enix, pranksters. It’s pretty fun to look through the Maxi Game history books for this one, though. When Final Fantasy VII was announced for PS4, Deputy Editor Robert Ramsey called Final Fantasy VII Remake “unrealistic.” How the tables have turned since then!