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Fans To Square-Enix: No More Sequels

Perusing the news today, we came across an editorial that is good enough to warrant an update from us. Square-Enix and Final Fantasy fans will want to read it, and you can check it out over at Square Union's site, but we'll give you a quick summary and provide our own opinion (which is very similar).

The crux of the article centers on the veteran RPG publisher's latest milking trend when it comes to the legendary Final Fantasy franchise. For many years, starting back on the NES and proceeding all the way through the PS2 generation, Square-Enix produced more than a few FF titles. And for the most part, none of them could be considered "sequels," as every last entry boasted an entirely new world, cast of characters, and gameplay systems; from Espers to Materia to Junction to the Sphere Grid. However, over the past few years we've started to see titles that fall within a previous entry's universe, like Dirge of Cerberus and Final Fantasy X-2 (the latter being far better than the former). These games simply don't do as well, and even Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, the long-awaited prequel for the PSP, isn't doing anywhere near as well in sales as earlier FF titles.

The bottom line is simple- fans want Square-Enix to get back to doing what they do best, and that's making entirely new games with the FF label on them. No more prequels or sequels; we just want something like Final Fantasy XIII. We completely agree, although we still desperately want that FFVII remake...it's a remake, not a sequel, after all.

5/1/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

Qubex
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:05:01 AM
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Spot on... one of the reasons they may be "struggling" to generate new IP for the FF label is cost. Could it be that the generating prequels and remakes [a] costs less [b] time to market is faster. As pointed out above, gamers are far too sophisticated today to accept drivel.

Q!

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ralahinn1
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 2:50:57 PM
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Advent Children is a credit to the"Final Fantasy" legacy, but Square Enix should have done what the fans wanted done in the first place...give us a new version of Final Fantasy VII with all of the bells and whistles, or re- issue the original version. For the most part, I agree that they shouldn't make sequels. Let us enjoy the original games as they are(having one or 2 characters turn up in a later game, might be nice, but have them come back as a summons or in a reference).

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CptGreedle
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 3:23:32 PM
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I agree, but how long will they continue to release any games under the Final Fantasy label? I love their games, and I want to see more of them, but when IS the "FINAL" Final Fantasy coming? Or is it?
Don't take this the wrong way, FF is my favorite game series of all time!! I will always buy their games as they have never let me down yet! However it might be time to just drop the number and give it a new name altogether. Are we going to have a Final Fantasy XXVIII? Or could they just call it something else?
On the other hand, will they ever re-release Xenogears?

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Reccaman18
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 4:57:39 PM

I think Final Fantasy will be done after the XIII series. And Last Remnant seems to be their new focus. Not sure if they plan to re make Xenogears. Namco did an awesome job with Xenosaga which I think is far better than Squares Xenogears. But I dont understand why people didn't like Dirge of Cerberus. I actually enjoyed it, and given, it <i> is </i> a shooter after all. I mean, how many of those has Square made?

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Tatsujin
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 5:17:06 PM

Final Fantasy is a great series, and although you may be getting tired of it... Our kids, our kids kids, and our kids kids kids (you get it) might like it, and as long as theres enough consumers out there, FF may never come to an end. It is after all, about the money.

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Tatsujin
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 4:57:11 PM
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Ben, Hands down your right, I feel the same exact way. And if they don't come up with this FFVII remake, me and you can "visit" SE's headquarters, well even bring Niko, haha.

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Jdogtoocool
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 10:49:30 PM
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I seriously can't wait for Final Fantasy XIII. Yea I sound like a fanboy but I've only played like four games out of the whole Final Fantasy franchise: Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII Dierge of Cerebrus (which I thought was very entertaining)...

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Xanavi23
Friday, May 02, 2008 @ 8:23:43 AM
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Final Fantasy XII was another very good FF game, the story was amazing, its not better than VII but it was still the second best in the series, in my opinion.

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Mystearica
Friday, May 02, 2008 @ 11:18:11 AM
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YES TO RE-MAKE - boo to sequel!!! I hope the FFXIII spin-offs are GOOD!

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