Back in July I posted an exciting article on PhoenixDown introducing a Kickstarter that was trying to ignite a Final Fantasy VII web series. It had an outstanding response, seemed to have successfully initiated contact with Square Enix, and showcased a stunning trailer that undeniably gave me chills. There was obviously a lot of time and passion spent into making just the thought of this web series, and it would have been interesting to see an episodic version of one of the greatest video games ever made.
Unfortunately, as of today, Shinra Productions has officially announced that their project has been shut down. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must inform you that Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series is officially shutting down. We first came up with this crazy idea in September 2012, and it’s been a hell of a ride ever since.
“Our team of directors, artists, musicians, composers, producers, animators, actors and dreamers have sacrificed every wake of their personal and professional lives to make this happen. Unfortunately, our voice was not heard by the powers that be. Since day one we have built this project on strong principal and morals.
“We have grown this project within the confines of every law, and have treaded with nothing but respect for the Final Fantasy Series, for Square Enix and for the fans. We have the crew. We have the studio. We have the professionals. We have the time. This all meant nothing without the seal of approval from S.E.
“We are devastated that we cannot show you what we had in store. This was the web series that would have made such a bang, meteor would have looked like a hail stone against a hot piece of glass. This was going to be massive. This was going to be beautiful. Some of us are still not giving up, and will continue to pursue the series with S.E. We will, however, be shutting down pre-production effective immediately.”
It’s such a disappointment to receive such news, but I hope that some sort of agreement can eventually be made. Whether or not you believe that a Final Fantasy story can be retold outside of the games, this project proved that something could have been created. It definitely would have been beautiful.
Make sure you continue to keep an eye out for Shinra Productions who apparently have some projects to be revealed in the future.