Old news is also new news, apparently. Famitsu is running a special feature in honor of Final Fantasy VII's fifteenth anniversary, and in it, Tetsuya Nomura comments that while he understand fan desire to see a remake, he's busy working on new games, and newer titles are a higher priority. So not really much in the way of new commentary there.
What is new to me, however, and what may be new to a lot of you, are some other bits about Final Fantasy VII's development as listed in the Famitsu article:
- From the start of development, Aerith was meant to die, and so Tifa was created to give the game a heroine.
- Yuffie was to appear on wanted posters found throughout the game, each one with a different face. Yuffie's actual appearance when you met her would have been based on the last poster you looked at before the encounter.
- Aerith and Sephiroth were originally meant to be sisters. Yep.