The technical demo was made by the team that went on to develop Final Fantasy XIII, with Motomu Toriyama as the director. Final Fantasy XIII was initially planned for the PlayStation 2, but the team working on it was derailed to make the Final Fantasy VII technical demo; the results for the demo were so good that the development of Final Fantasy XIII was moved to the PlayStation 3 platform once its full development resumed. It took the team about six months to create the demo, during which time development for Final Fantasy XIII was halted. The finished tech demo presented an extraordinarily high standard of craftsmanship–impossibly high it would turn out–to which the team felt compelled to target their new project.
Cloud's eyes are notably green in the technical demo instead of their usual color of blue. The scene from the tech demo was later used for the epilogue of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- with a different scene with Cloud.
When it was released, many fans saw the tech demo as a hope for a total remake of Final Fantasy VII. Square Enix denied this. In 2014, nearly a decade later, Yoshinori Kitase commented on it, by saying he didn't regret having made the demo despite the endless remake rumors it sparked, as "it was the right thing to do at the time".
- ↑ http://uk.gamespot.com/news/e3-06-square-enix-announces-trio-of-final-fantasy-xiii-games-6149412
- ↑ Where Final Fantasy Went Wrong, and How Square Enix is Putting It Right (Accessed: UnknownError: See this for how to archive.) at US Gamer
- ↑ Square Enix producer Kitase on Lightning Returns reviews, HD remasters, and that FF7 tech demo — Joystiq.com