Tabata: We Really Thought Final Fantasy Was A "Dead IP"
Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata believes FFXV is the most promising entry since the legendary Final Fantasy VII.
In a recent Game Informer interview, Tabata said that when he accepted the role of director for FFXV in 2012, his first move was to conduct an analysis of the FF brand in Japan. As you might expect, the results were a little depressing, which caused Tabata to say Final Fantasy was in critical condition:
"The gravest situation of all was that, at the time we were starting Final Fantasy XV, we didn't see an increase in new fans of the franchise. The brand image of Final Fantasy wasn't really clear.
The reality is not that the situation is okay or in favor of us. Rather, it is more grave and serious than we had initially thought. The way we understood Final Fantasy after our analysis is that it was a dying IP that had already peaked."
So, why push forward with FFXV? Well, Tabata said it's because despite fan disappointment, most followers still held out hope for the future. He then said the game had three "core qualities" that have defined the brand in the past:
"A willingness to challenge the status quo"
"An exceptional, out-of-the-ordinary experience"
"Cutting-edge technology to use the hardware to the fullest"
Tabata said the last installment to have all three qualities was FFVII back in 1997 and he added:
"Any Final Fantasy released after [Final Fantasy VII] lacks in one or the other. But what Final Fantasy fans desire is a new entry that encompasses all of these elements, and that is our objective with Final Fantasy XV."
I have no comment. It's like he's speaking Swahili. And has anyone noticed that in just about every interview with a Square Enix executive, they say at least once that something turned out to be different than they thought? Like, every single time?
Anyway. Final Fantasy XV is set to release on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and a PC release may follow at a later date. Tabata and Co. have set a lofty sales goal for the impending title, given the immediate popularity Square Enix has considered producing more Ultimate Editions, and they swear they're still working to optimize the frame rate.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XV
4/13/2016 8:58:35 PM Ben Dutka