Square-Enix On Final Fantasy: "No Singular Aim" For FFXV
Square-Enix has already warned us that their RPG flagship franchise, Final Fantasy, could go in a very different direction with the next installment. They said Final Fantasy XIII might be the last "traditional" FF; the last "recognizable" one to fans of the classics.
As much as many of the fans don't like this idea, they should know S-E is definitely considering just about anything for Final Fantasy XV. As reported by Connected Consoles citing the latest issue of Xbox world 360, FFXIII producer Yoshinori Kitase left everything entirely open-ended by saying:
"We’ve got a few ideas for Final Fantasy XV lined up, but there is no singular aim for where we want the series to go. Final Fantasy can go in all directions, each one is very different from the last. The one thing we set out to do is to make sure we tell a story that hasn’t been told before."
Okay, can we at least assume it'll still be an RPG? Or is even that too much to assume? Might they be taking a similar route as Konami with Metal Gear Solid, where Rising is supposed to be more of an action/adventure title without much in the way of stealth? Or could it be even more of a dramatic departure? We already know that FFXIII sports plenty of differences that have thrown avid followers of the series; that's clearly the start of a trend. I suppose it's too much to ask that we go back to turn-based...maybe S-E could work super hard to perfect that older mechanic and add all sorts of unique spice to it. But I know it's a pipe dream.
2/26/2010 9:09:40 PM Ben Dutka