Monday, May 23, 2005

Title: 1451

May 2005


Title: 1451

May 23, 2005
12:01 AM

Dear Square-Enix,

Hi there! Greg here. I know it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me – what with me quitting Final Fantasy XI and all. And to be fair, it HAS been quite a few years since your last Final Fantasy game – you released X back in 2001, after all. I don’t count XI – that’s not the same thing.

Anyway, I can tell you’ve been up to a lot lately. I saw your show at E3 last year – things look like they’re going just SWELL for XII. Can’t wait till you bring that out here. And Advent Children – WHOO! We just can’t get enough of Final Fantasy VII. “We” being every single RPG fan alive, of course.

That actually kind of brings me around to my point. You see, we’ve all seen that technical demo of what Final Fantasy VII would look like on the Playstation 3. Wow. Believe me, you guys really outdid yourselves on that one. But at the same time, don’t you think you’re being just a LITTLE cruel, here? Here you go, showing what a possible remake of one of gaming’s most beloved titles would look like on this new hardware, and then you tell us you have no plans to ACTUALLY CREATE this remake of that game? You dangle that carrot in front of our noses, and then suddenly YANK it away? I thought you loved us! What about everything we’ve DONE for you? We bought Final Fantasy X-2, after all! We let you get away with breaking your rules once – why won’t you do it for us again, when we actually WANT it this time?

The same goes for that tech demo you made for the Xbox 360 – if Final Fantasy XI winds up looking that good, hell, I’d rejoin. But you’ve dangled THAT carrot in front of our noses before. We kept waiting for you to make the common-sense changes that we all wanted – Mog Houses that you could invite people in to, ownable chocobos, those kinds of things. Yet time and time again, you dashed our hopes to pieces. Why should we believe you when you say this is what FFXI will look like in the future?

I’m in the process of replaying Final Fantasy VII right now, as a matter of fact. And what I see is an amazing RPG that was made just a little bit before its time – a diamond in the rough. All it needs is the skillful programmers to give it a beautiful brilliant cut, and it could shine like no RPG has ever shined. A 10-karat blu-ray enhanced glimmering gemstone of – aw hell, you know where I’m going with this.

Just trust us – we bought it from you before. Hell, in my case, I bought it from you THREE TIMES. I’m willing to buy it again. Let us know you love us. Let us know you care. Hell, if anything, it’ll give Nobuo something to do besides rock out all the time – you’ve turned him into a rock star, were you aware of that? I’m sure he’d love to go over and remaster the music. We don’t even have to tell Sakaguchi-san. It’ll be our little secret. I won’t tell if you won’t.

Sincerely Yours,
Greg Dean

P.S. – This applies to Final Fantasy Tactics as well. Gameboy Advance games aren’t good enough. You’ve got a PS3 – use the damn thing.