Final Fantasy XIII Director On The Future Of Final Fantasy

By Spencer . March 15, 2010 . 2:56am

image What’s next for the Final Fantasy series? Final Fantasy XIV, of course. But when it comes to the distant future Motomu Toriyama, Director of Final Fantasy XIII, shared his thoughts about the franchise.


"It [Final Fantasy] will continue to change for each product, but the ultimate technology will be pursued and it will remain a magnificent global story centered on human drama. That is why it is well received,” Toriyama said during his talk Final Fantasy XIII and Crystal Mythos talk at GDC. “This will be applied to every Final Fantasy story. I promise we will protect this trend."


Toriyama also discussed the possibility of interactive cutscenes instead of passive movies. Specifically, he mentioned jumping off the backs of a thousand flying dragons and thought the idea would be a lot of fun.

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  • Hehe some interactive cutscenes would be pretty cool, i havent seen many games with them lately… well heavy rain is like a game based on that, and assasins creed 2 had a couple of interactive scenes as wells (ex: when you were born (lol), when you try to avoid some hit in a coutscene, etc)

  • thebanditking

    Im all for it. Much like FFX I find 13 to be a different take on the genre and while it may not be the best take on it for everyone I think it was necessary to experiment. Im loving 13 so far and I doubt thats going to change the more more I play it so I look forward to what they do with FFXIV. I think it would be nice to see the FF9 team come back and do a proper Final Fantasy (rather then be stuck making crystal chronicles games).

  • So long as those interactive cut scenes are more than simple press-x-not-to-die stuff.

    • Vanilla

      This just reminds me of all the hilarious ways one can die in RE5 (even funnier if you’re playing with someone else).

    • Chow

      They better not show up in one out of every five cutscenes. I really hate it when games do that, because I can never know when to start eating or working out during them.

    • 9inchsamurai

      I really can’t see how else they would end up using this idea, sadly. I highly doubt a Final Fantasy is going to try and include a branching story based around interactive cut scenes. I’d rather they just not bother with a press-x-not-to-die gimmick, but they’re still trying to appeal more to the West so who knows; I can’t see how anyone would actually like those, anyway.

  • vrakanox

    That picture you decided to use for this post is hilarious.

  • TyeTheCzar

    Thinking about finally catching up to Western innovations, huh?

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