In recent years, Final Fantasy fans haven’t been very pleased with Square Enix.
According to many followers of this long-running RPG series, the downward spiral for the franchise began with Final Fantasy XIII, but instead of tightening up its approach Square Enix went on to release Final Fantasy XIII-2 and will release Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in February 2014.
Meanwhile, the development of online title Final Fantasy XIV spiralled out of control ahead of the original game’s launch before being rebooted with ‘A Realm Reborn’ earlier this year. And what about Final Fantasy Versus XIII now that it’s been renamed and re-revealed as Final Fantasy XV? Will this game be a full return to the kinds of games that fans enjoyed in the first place?
Square Enix will be answering these questions now and in the future with an internal quality control group called the ‘Final Fantasy Committee,’ comprising some of the series’ top contributors over the years including Yoshinori Kitase, Hajime Tabata, Naoki Yoshida and Motomu Toriyama.
Notably, character designer and director Tetsuya Nomura seems to have been excluded from the group, most probably to focus on his current work on Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3 and other titles within Square Enix.
What was the last Final Fantasy game that you think stayed true to the franchise, and do you really think that the Final Fantasy XIII ‘series’ is as ill-advised as other fans say? Do you like what you’ve seen of Final Fantasy XV or is it straying too far from the franchise’s core tenets?
Should Square Enix try to entice Hironobu Sakaguchi back to the company to get Final Fantasy back on course?