Square Enix has been working on the next iteration of the Final Fantasy series for years, and now that the game is nearing its Sept. 30 release date, Final Fantasy 15 feels like a reality. Before launch was in sight though, the Final Fantasy 15 development team had to be honest with each other and think about the actual state of the Final Fantasy franchise now, instead of what it used to be.
While it may have been true at one time that Square could just drop a Final Fantasy game like chump change and people would flock to it, that time has passed There is far more choice in the industry and other developers, like CD Projekt RED, have taken hold of the RPG genre for their own, and Square knows this.
“We can’t assume that everyone is expecting or desiring Final Fantasy. This is the current state of Final Fantasy, and we need to bring all our efforts together in order to communicate what Final Fantasy is about and the good aspects about it…We are no longer the only triple-A RPG out there, and ever since the PS2 and onward, a lot of the Western [developers] have gained prominence both in size and in terms of technological progress,” Final Fantasy 15 Game Director Hajime Tabata told GI.
It’s refreshing to hear the humble message expressed by Tabata, and it should make Final Fantasy fans feel better about where the series is headed because of who it is being led by. If the sentiment expressed by Tabata, having to earn what you get, can be carried throughout the entire Final Fantasy 15 development team, it will then be interesting to see what sort of game is made.
Years ago, in Final Fantasy’s heyday, there weren’t many titles that competed with the series, but as time has gone on, plenty of outstanding, new franchises have surfaced. Tabata talked about getting rid of the feeling of entitlement the development team used to have and the mindset they have tried to change to instead.
“A lot of the staff on the Final Fantasy development team have been with the franchise a long time, they have this sense that they’re special because they’re developing a Final Fantasy title and whatever they create will be well received. That kind of mindset had been ingrained in them for a very long time, and so we had to start by resetting everything to create something that would appeal to the current generation,” Tabata said.
Last week saw loads of information and news surface out of the Final Fantasy 15 event, and the next major stop will most likely be E3 2016. Final Fantasy 15 will drop on Sept. 30 for PS4 and Xbox One.