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Why Did Square Enix Make Final Fantasy X-2? Kitase Explains

Here's a quick history lesson for the uninitiated:

With the exception of the last two entries (FFXIII-2 and Lightning Returns) and FFX-2, there are no actual sequels in the main Final Fantasy franchise. Each game in the series features an entirely new set of characters, a new world, a new story, etc.

That's part of what made this series so unbelievably great for so long. It was also why fans didn't react well to the announcement of Final Fantasy X-2. So, when Siliconera met up with Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase, they asked why Square Enix opted for a sequel:

"Traditionally, we would make a new world for each numbered Final Fantasy game. For [Final Fantasy X-2], it was a unique first time trial because we made such a rich story for Final Fantasy X and we wanted to build upon it. We didn’t want the story to end at X.

The name of the game, Final Fantasy X-2… initially the name was not accepted in our internal meetings. Actually, in our staff meetings it was disapproved once! Instead of making it Final Fantasy XI because it was a story that built upon Final Fantasy X we wanted to call it Final Fantasy X-2."

Kitase added that they wanted to focus on Tidus and Yuna and the blossoming love story between the two. This was a different approach when compared to previous new entries in the series, just because those two characters would remain in the limelight. And what if Kitase were to write another sequel, ala FFX-3? His response:

"There is a story about Auron and Braska who go on journey before the protagonists of Final Fantasy X. It would be interesting to focus on those characters as a contrast to the young and energetic Tidus and Yuna."

It's probably too late for that now, but it probably would've been interesting. As for FFX-2, I was one of its most vocal detractors, because I loved the entirely fresh style and setting in each new FF installment. However, FFX-2 won me over almost instantly, as the unbelievably awesome ATB turn-based combat, complete with a class system reminiscent of Tactics, was just fantastic. Even though I could've done without the J-Pop influence, it was everything I could've wanted a FF adventure to be.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy X-2

Tags: final fantasy x-2, . final fantasy x2, ffx-2, final fantasy x sequel

3/19/2014 11:30:56 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (30 posts)

Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 11:51:51 AM
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I agree, it is far to late to be hearing of a Final Fantasy X-3. I would have loved a game focusing on Braska's character and developing this Pilgrimage more but enough of it was covered if you found all the Diary Spheres.

As for X-2... Well for one thing I am glad it wasn't called XI, that would have made things even more confusing. But the game itself in my opinion failed to explore the love interest of Yuna & Tidus. It's starts it off with intention and you get hints with these visions of what appear to be Yuna & Tidus but the game really steers clear from any real depth and then just slaps on the resolve at the end. I really didn't like the game and I imagine it will take some tolerance for me to Platinum but I will try my best to go in open minded.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:02:01 PM

It's never too late for sequels in the realm of videogames. Given the huge sales this game is bound to have I see it as a great opportunity for SE to cash in on the FFX series.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:06:09 PM

I disagree, time has moved on and with the such advancement in graphics it just would not fit in. I mean a Final Fantasy X-3 for the Playstation 4... It just doesn't seem right at all. I wouldn't be opposed to a CGI movie like VII's Advent Children but a game... I just cannot see it working.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:31:04 PM

The fact that the FFX/FFX-2 HD collection is going to sell incredibly well shows that time hasn't moved on. The RPG community is starving for great titles. Why would it being on the PS4 not seem right?

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 1:06:00 PM

Oh I am not debating that, Final Fantasy X was a huge game. I'm currently eyeing-up my order status as it is now 'Awaiting Despatch' :D

I'm a new game would have appeal, but I feel about it the same way I do with the possibility of a Shenmue 3. If we got a sudden release of Shenmue 3 next year with updated graphics and all sorts... it would just feel so disjointed in comparison to the first two game which were released. If we're to ever get a Shenmue 3, I'd want it to be a PS Store release with the game graphics of the first two as it would feel more whole.

Also in my honest opinion, I thought X-2 was pushing it and didn't have a lot to say other than the ending. Yuna's journey in X-2 just wasn't very interesting - Not to mention how they soiled her as a character. X's ending was sufficient. The main thing I do like about X-2 is exploring the world with Spira after the events of X-1 and seeing the changes.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 3:47:40 PM

I gotta disagree on the "soiled her as a character" bit. I know where you're coming from, but I don't believe it to be true at all.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:04:04 PM
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I'm not ashamed to admit X-2 made me a JPop fan. Also the gameplay in X-2 is some of the best the franchise has ever seen. I agree with Vivi though that the story was rather lacking and the Yuna/Tidus relationship wasn't given much depth.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:19:18 PM

I still do not understand the praise for the gameplay... I really couldn't get into it. Mind you I have no played it since release but I remember it being really overly complex. Instead of just selecting say 3 costumes you wanted to switch between in battle you had to set out this grid - which you could also change. I think I just used Warrior, White Mage & black Mage through most of the game.

Then there was the dress-sphere system which interrupted the gameplay. I just tried out my PS2 version and selected the off switch for the animations... though in battle I found that sometimes it would would and then other times it wouldnt...

I just found FFX's battle system to be perfect. You could switch all you teammates in, had control of Aeons and you had that bar on right to where you could see the turn of events and if you're wise you could use attacks like Speed Slash and extend your turns. I also loved the set pieces - I won't mention spoilers but there is a Boss battle in a boat early one which just looks superb.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:27:01 PM

I found it to be perfect but I can see why not everyone would be a fan of the dress spheres, however if you're arguing for a fast and cohesive system the attacks in X-2 are quick and successive. Instead of the character you command attacking/casting then going back into place and waiting while the next character moves you give commands on the fly in a way because all three characters can run around the field carrying out their commands as fast as you can make decisions. I liked how it kept up with me.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:33:20 PM

^What world said. I just view it as a refinement of the gameplay in FFX with another layer of complexity, which I'm always a fan of. As you played the game you became more aware of what to do and by midway I was a master of it.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 1:07:35 PM

Well I will see how I get on this time, as I do intend to really give it a strong chance this time + I am interested to finally see 'The Last Mission' content :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:22:50 PM
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I think people (Myself included) didn't look deep enough into the meat of the real story in X-2. The way the game was set up and the silly scenes made it easy to never quite grasp the more impressive storytelling around who or what Shuyin actually was in relation to Tidus and also the way the power vacuum is being filled after the fall of Sin and the the church of Yevon.

There's good stuff there if you look for it.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 12:34:04 PM

Are you going to look for it this time?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 3:34:52 PM

That's my hope.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 2:32:02 PM
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I would be a thousand times more excited about that "FF X-3 featuring Auron and Braska" than FF XIII-2 and Lightning Returns combined.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 4:41:23 PM

I still haven't finished XIII-2 and I doubt I ever will. I lasted 10 minutes with the Lightning Returns Demo. Total garbage in my opinion.

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 2:35:59 PM
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You guys just focus too much on these old FF games. It's time to move on @_@

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 2:37:21 PM

We happen like the Final Fantasy games of old. Since we're not getting those from the recent FF games, what other choice do we have?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 4:40:31 PM

Evidently it isn't time to move on since FFX HD was just released yesterday and it's brand new...

Might you suggest something to move on to?

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 4:45:53 PM
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About the no sequels bit, that's actually incorrect.
FFXII had Revenant Wings and FFIV has The After Years. Granted, they both released on handheld hardware, but they're still sequels to the original games.

I'm seriously considering picking up FFX/X-2. Spec Ops just ain't doing it for me, and I don't really feel like playing aught else that I brought down here with me.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 5:07:26 PM

I'm only talking about games in the main series, and I always thought of Revenant Wings and The After Years as spin-offs...and yeah, if they're exclusive to handhelds, I just can't take them too seriously. ;)

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 5:39:48 PM

Yeah, I see where you're coming from.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 5:40:25 PM

Pick up the game ASAP. I've been enjoying it since yesterday. The visuals are better than I ever could have hoped for. That and the gameplay is better than 99% of the RPGs from this past generation.

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MrAnonymity
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 5:04:45 PM
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Hm, hm, hm... very interesting article. Now I'll always be curious as to what could have been with an Auron/Braska story arc.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 7:37:18 PM
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FFV has an anime sequel it was terrible
FFVII has Dirge of cerberus PS2 i enjoyed though many hated
FF7 advent children the only sequel that went very well with fans
FFX has X-2 which imo is decent which many hated
FF4 the after years haven't played it
FF12 revenant Wings which is decent but alot of people disliked
FF13-2 and lightning returns which i refuse to touch

do i see a pattern here i think i do

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 5:20:06 AM
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well have fun with that i'm not really a JRPQer or a FF head i mean i might the next if people convice me it's worth it but yeah

happy gaming =)

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Banky A
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 7:02:26 AM

jesus now it's like you're putting us down

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Ultima
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 1:06:35 PM
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Three things I'm going to have to chime in with here:

1) I call RUBBISH at his "we didn't want the story to end" nonsense. No, the *real* reason why X-2 was made is simple: Money! FFX sold more than FFIX, but not more than FFVIII or FFVII. FFXII wasn't going to be release for years. PLus they were likely still recovering from the hole that the FF movie put them in (I know Sony helped, but still). They *needed* something to fill in the gap. So they broke their tradition of FF by making a sequel to a game with recycled assets. Even if the game didn't sell well, it was made on the cheap and wouldn't have lost them money. As it turned out, it sold almost as much as FFX did, and hence turned a huge profit for them.

2) I see people praising FFX-2's combat systems. I disagree strongly. The main ATB system is good, the best in the series. However, the Dress Sphere system is he WORST implementation of a "Job System" in the entire series, bar none. The whole point of a job system is to create your own characters, to mix and match skills from one class with another to create your favourite combinations (e.g. a Monk with Ninja abilities, a Fighter with White Mage abilities, etc). FFX-2 craps all over this concept by a) having certain individual classes (Dark Knight, Berserker, Alchemist, Mascot) being way too good, so there was little point to mixing and matching, and b) giving you the ability to mix limited abilities from each class waaaaay too late in the game, long past the point when you would even want to use them.

They tried to change things by giving you the ability to change jobs mid-battle instead of making job combos, but I found this tedious and completely unnecessary (not when two Dark Knights and an Alchemist could roflstomp through 90% of the game).

It's because of these things that I actually enjoyed FFX-2's *story* more than the combat.

3) Ben forgot that FFIV has a sequel (The After Years) as well, with near 100% recycled assets. I have nothing against recycled assets, BTW. IN fact, I wish FFX-2 was more like FFX, especially with the music.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 1:27:14 PM

Where the hell have you been?

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 2:57:55 PM

"I see people praising FFX-2's combat systems. I disagree strongly. The main ATB system is good, the best in the series."

Hmmm....

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