Nomura: Here's Why Versus XIII Became Final Fantasy XV
During Sony's E3 press conference, Square Enix producer Tetsuya Nomura showed off the anticipated Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
When the slick new trailer was over, the "Versus XIII" part of the title disappeared and was replaced with the new title: Final Fantasy XV. We had heard this rumor for some time and now it's true. But why?
Well, Nomura explained in a recent Famitsu interview (via Polygon) that "the lifespan of current-gen consoles was starting to pose a problem." They had actually considered making this announcement in 2012 "but due to assorted reasons," that got delayed, as we well know. Said Nomura:
"If we were a year later, other companies will have more time to research the next generation, and releasing the game against their products on the older generation could have caused us to look inferior when people inevitably compared us.
With current-gen systems, we couldn't fully express what we wanted to do in this project. There were more and more things that we would've had to change the form of. However, the assumption was that we'd go ahead with a current-gen release, so went through a trial-and-error process to do as much as we could. So we built an alpha version about a year ago, and the company response was 'If you remained bound to the current generation, will it will be the product you envisioned?' They suggested shifting fully to next-gen, and that was the spark that led to the move."
If they hadn't taken so damn long, maybe they could've released it this generation without looking "inferior." Remember, Versus XIII was actually announced back in 2006, the year the PS3 launched. I'm more interested to hear what went wrong over the last seven years or so...why couldn't they deliver it this generation? Maybe their vision really was too big for current hardware, but I'm not sure that's true...
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XV
6/19/2013 9:38:47 PM Ben Dutka