The Final Fantasy VII remake string-a-long continues as Kitase now says that a remake of the popular PSX classic would only happen it could be done in a year.
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! 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! But if any such situation came about by any remote chance, then yes, we’d do it!
This sounds like their saying no to a remake without actually saying no. Its a bit of a stretch to say that a game which already has characters, story, and gameplay done would take three times longer to create than a game that was moved from the PS2 midway through development and needed original gameplay, characters, and story to be developed.