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Fans holding out hope that Square Enix might repeat the magic of Final Fantasy 7 Remake with a potential Final Fantasy 6 Remake will need to temper their expectations. In an interview with French YouTuber Julien Chièze, FF6 director Yoshinori Kitase stated that due to the depth of the SNES classic, a potential FF7R remake of FF6 would take roughly 20 years to develop.

Final Fantasy VI Masterline Statue. Terra riding Magiteck armor.

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Translated by Twitter user Genki, Kitase details how he gets lots of requests from fans, media, and even people within Square Enix asking for a remake of Final Fantasy 6. While he wouldn’t rule out the potential, a remake is not currently in the works and given the proposed time scale, probably won’t happen until most of us are senior citizens. Kitase believes there is simply too much content and too many characters to be remade faithfully within a short period.

Naoki Hamaguchi, director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, chimed in to add that apart from the original 7, Final Fantasy 6 was the game that inspired him to become a game creator. He is clearly down to work on a remake, but Kitase elaborated that 6 is roughly twice the size of 7, hence the 20-year comment.

Past Comments

In past interviews, various staff at Square Enix have expressed an interest in remaking Final Fantasy 6. In a YouTube stream last year to celebrate the release of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster collection on consoles, Kitase stated that it would be difficult to create. He then added that with work still not finished on the current Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy, he’s not ready to make any plans for what is next.

Series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is even down for the idea of 6 making a return, asking Kitase at the time, “Won’t you release it a little sooner?” Sakaguchi left Square Enix in 2003, but it seems he would be willing to return in some form to make a remake of 6 happen. That would be impressive and a dream come true for many.

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Written by Peter Glagowski

Peter has been a freelance gaming and film critic for over seven years. His passion for Nintendo is only matched by the size of his collection.