There are a few powerful recurring names in the hallowed halls of the Final Fantasy franchise. It all begins with series creator Hironobu Sakauchi, of course, but beyond that, there are several others, like Takashi Tokita and Yoshinori Kitase. Kitase in particular is the producer of Square Enix’s upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake for PlayStation 4, and he was the director on the original PS1 version of the title as well. He has been making the PR rounds recently to promote the remake, and in an interview with Gamereactor, he had some words to say about a different game — Final Fantasy V.
Yoshinori Kitase would remake Final Fantasy V if money were no object
Gamereactor specifically asked Kitase what other game he would remake if he had all the money and resources he wanted, and he responded with the following:
(Laughs) Ok, so first of all, you have to promise you’re not going to write an article saying Square Enix is remaking Final Fantasy something, something… It’s just a purely personal opinion, just so you understand that. With that caveat in place, the first Final Fantasy that I worked on myself was Final Fantasy V, that hasn’t been remade with the more realistic kind of approach yet, so I think it might be quite interesting to do a FF5 remake someday.
Kitase explained his work on Final Fantasy V a decade ago, saying he “was involved in creating what would be referred to as cutscenes — we referred to them as event scenes — and also the scenario text.” He worked with Sakaguchi to get the story right, as the job of creating the cinematics had become too much for one person. Kitase was also largely responsible for the game’s sense of humor.
Final Fantasy V stayed exclusive to Super Famicom in Japan until it released as part of Final Fantasy Anthology for PlayStation 1. It then was revamped for release on Game Boy Advance, and later it suffered through a hideous mobile/Steam version. The title is renowned for its outstanding and innovative job system that offered tremendous party customization.
It’s honestly difficult to imagine a “modern” remake of the game, as its entire world was rooted in classic JRPG world design, but I’d love to see it anyway. What would you think if Square Enix ever announced such a project?