Yoshinori Kitase has built us up and now he is letting us down, explaining that remaking Final Fantasy VII to today's standards would simply take too long.

"If it were possible that we had all the right facilities and the right environment to be able to make and prepare a Final Fantasy VII remake within a year, we'd very much like a go at it," Kitase told Tech Digest.

"But even Final Fantasy XIII has taken over three and a half years to create. If we were to recreate Final Fantasy VII with the same level of graphical detail as you see in Final Fantasy XIII, we'd imagine that that would take as much as three or four times longer than the three-and-a-half-years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So it's looking pretty unrealistic to happen!"

Last week Kitase told a different reporter that he would be "really interested" to see a remake of Final Fantasy VII on today's technology, which offered the internet a big shiny straw onto which it inevitably latched.

Final Fantasy XIII, Kitase's latest project, will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 here in Europe on 9th March.

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