Final Fantasy XV Looks to Change Square Enix’s Ailing Formula
With Final Fantasy XIII-2 due out soon, producer Yoshinori Kitase said in an interview with Edge that the next installation in the long-standing series could throw away its old roots. Well, not with the crazy hairdos and the funny costumes. We’re talking about the turn-based system.
“I think the nature of the franchise is to present something new each time,” said Kitase. “In the global market we see many players moving away from games that used turn-based systems toward what you might term an action-RPG. That’s a trend, and you ignore things like that at your peril.”
Kitase added that the original Final Fantasy XIII demonstrated that this franchise too could move on, with its more action-oriented battle systems. However, not all change has been positive for the developer, as Square Enix’s attempts to enter the world of MMOs have failed horribly. Their latest offering of the kind, Final Fantasy XIV, opened to dismal numbers and even worse reviews during launch last September.
That said, CEO Yoichi Wada apologized to fans worldwide after the failure of XIV, and also said that the brand “has been greatly damaged.” Moreover, Senior Executive Officer Koji Taguchi complained quite vocally at the latest E3 showcase that the lack of any Japanese representation at such a large trade show was “almost humiliating.” Only Final Fantasy XIII-2 was of Japanese origin — nothing else was.
Will Square Enix’s decisions to follow the trend save the Final Fantasy series? We’re curious to know, especially since it will boil down to execution, but we can’t say whether it will be good or not this early in the story. Guess we’ll have to wait until Final Fantasy XV arrives sometime in the future.
Via Industry Gamers.