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Director Hajime Tabata says he won't be taking taking the lead in directing the Final Fantasy VII Remake; says it's a 'Special Game'.

Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t be directed by Hajime Tabata.

Final Fantasy VII remake gets word on why Director Hajime Tabata refuses to take the wheel.

Recently from Tokyo Game Show 2017, Game Revolution revealed a snippet of their interview with Director Hajime Tabata regarding the Final Fantasy VII remake.

He expresses his fear that he may fail and disappoint fans of Final Fantasy 7. The most popular Final Fantasy under the well renowned series of the same name.

Despite the reveal being way back during Sony’s press conference in E3 2015, Square has kept the game under wraps and out of the limelight with no word of the Final Fantasy VII remake release date. Square Enix kept silent of any news of the game’s development, that is until Tokyo Game Show.

Game Revolution’s Heath Hindman managed to catch onto the Director in an exclusive interview. Pressing him for news whether or not he was taking the wheel for the Final Fantasy VII remake. In a surprising turn of events he declined the offer to be the remake’s director. He firmly believes that the people who must work in the remake should be Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura.

Director Hajime Tabata instead expresses that if Square Enix were to give him the option to lead the Final Fantasy franchise into a new direction, he would welcome the task without any hesitation. He had also stated that he would be more inclined to help create Final Fantasy VII-2 instead.

Below is a small portion of the interview from Game Revolution with Director Hajime Tabata:

GameRevolution: Would you take over the Final Fantasy VII Remake if [Square Enix] offered that one to you?

Tabata: No.

GR: No, you wouldn’t!?

Tabata: No I wouldn’t.

GR: Can I ask why?

Tabata: It’s something I couldn’t make, myself. That’s about it.

GR: Would that be a lot of pressure?

Tabata:Final Fantasy VII is a special game.

GR: It’s the big one.

Tabata: It’s such a special numbered game that I don’t think I can remake that one. There’s so many fans out there, if I were asked to satisfy all those fans, I don’t think that’s something I could do, 100%. If [Square Enix] asked me to make a new Final Fantasy and take it in a new direction, I’d be happy to accept that one, but if they asked me to remake Final Fantasy VII — to release as if it were a modern game, just released today — no, I don’t think that’s something I can do. I think the only people who could do that are Mr. (Yoshinori) Kitase and Mr. (Tetsuya) Nomura.

GR: And you say that even though you did such a good job with Crisis Core?

Tabata: Well that wasn’t VII itself.

GR: A spinoff… a prequel.

Tabata: Yeah, it wasn’t the main game. Now, if they asked me to do Final Fantasy VII-2, that might be different.

GR: Which brings us back to your new project!

*Laughter in the room*

Tabata: We haven’t got that planned!

Game Revolution stated they would be releasing the full interview later within the month.

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