Final Fantasy 7 remake director Tetsuya Nomura wants the game to increase the PlayStation 4's install base.
"Why now? This week at E3 we announced several titles coming to the PS4: not only FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and World of Final Fantasy, but [also] a new Star Ocean and more," Nomura told Engadget.
"Rather than announce the remake after those titles went on sale, we wanted to give gamers something that would make them happy - open them up, perhaps, to buying into the PS4."
We'd imagine that these comments refer more to Nomura's home marker of Japan, where sales of next generation consoles are suffering compared to mobile and portable devices. Still PS4 has proven that when the games are there it can still interest the Japanese market and with Square doing all it can to support the PS4, it seems it won't before before the rest of Japan gets on board.