For Square-Enix, Next Final Fantasy Will Feel More Like Old Times

by Ernice Gilbert on March 11th, 2010, under Square-Enix

Final Fantasy XIII is out and doing extremely well, over 5 million units have shipped between Japan, the US and EU. But some have complained about the latest installment in the venerable series, and how it lacked some of what made the franchise great, like instead of cutting out towns, why not improve them?

FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama had much to say concerning the lack of towns in a recent interview with Gamasutra. He said it’d take too long to implement all of what made titles like Final Fantasy VII great because HD consoles won’t allow them to, but in the future, since the engine has already been built, those features will return.

“In the Final Fantasys on previous non-high definition consoles, we were able to kind of take everyone’s ideas and include them in the games,” he said.

“I call it a bento box system, where you have all of the different little things in there. So we had minigames or towns were you were able to talk to all of the townspeople. But with the HD console you’re not really able to do that because it takes so long to develop,” said Toriyama.

There’s hope however, as the director hinted at when he said, ”

Now that we have that base technology… The next time you see a Final Fantasy, we might be able to pack in more of those elements that existed in the past. And I also think that a game doesn’t need to have all of those items in the future. We can create additional downloadable content for people to add, too. It doesn’t have to come with that game itself.”

He continued: “The next title that we will create will have those elements, and the improvements to those elements that you were mentioning. However, it’s important for us to choose what we can and cannot include, and that’s the role of the director to decide what we can accomplish in that amount of time.”

More Final Fantasy VII? How about X or VIII? Three of my favorite RPGs of all time.

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