Upon hearing about the thirty year development time needed for a FFVII remake, I could only assume that such would entail creating a 1:1 scale representation of the seventeen year old title. Incorporating all of the elements such as towns, a true overworld, and any number of things excluded from the pseudo-MMO realtime gameplay of FFXIII.
Please refer to the title of this blog. In fact, read it twice more because the written word fails to properly convey my reaction to how Square has become both retardedly self-absorbed yet incompetently limited.
To me, as a lowly longtime fan of the series, it would be as "simple" as taking the FFX game engine and retooling it for HD. Having a single character representing the active group while allowing for transitive scaling from towns and dungeons onto an overworld for vehicle and chocobos riding. Not require the whole active group be shown trailing behind in a world of seamless transition. Adopt the Xenogears action point method for building up attacks and even limit breaks, while incorporating materia into a matrix/puzzle depending on equipped weapon and/or the character using it.
Do something as stupid as keep it turn based with the suggestion of realtime so battle animations can be watched and enjoyed. Maybe introduce synchronized co-op attacks and limit breaks to offer players a new combat layer to figure out.
My general point is that with the move from cartridge storage to CDs in gaming, Square likely found the level needed to convey the type of cinematic storytelling they've been trying to do since FFIII. Continued to refine it up to FFX, but have since peaked becoming overwhelmed HD era gaming. Still see themselves as the leaders of the genera and thus still push themselves. Nevermind that they're complaining and making excuses where once they were testing limits.
Granted, that was the 8 and 16 bit eras, CDs, but still.
What Square likely needs right now is introspection. To refine and build upon what they've already made, and stop letting ego drive them past their abilities. Otherwise its just going to get worse for all of us.