Nomura Drafting New Designs For Charming Characters

By Spencer . September 23, 2010 . 2:13am

imageThe weather may be bad in Japan, but that won’t stop Tetsuya Nomura from tweeting about another game. Voice work for The 3rd Birthday and Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy is finished.


Nomura moved on to the next game where he’s in the initial character creation stage. One of the key elements for this yet-to-be-reveled game is making these new characters “charming.” Nomura says this gig makes his heart beat fast.


In an earlier tweet also on The 3rd Birthday account, Nomura announced the Square Enix trailers from Tokyo Game Show will be released online, but not right away. After websites are made for each upcoming game, the public will have a chance to see closed and open theater videos.

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  • Shuryou

    Charming characters? So he’s not working on Final Fantasy? I bet this is that ‘Ultimate Kiss’ they trademarked before.

    • No, it’s a game centered around Prince Charming in Kingdom Hearts.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      Maybe “Ultimate Kiss” is a roulette kissing game for the DS that makes you kiss your screen.

      …That would be awful.

  • I’d appreciate it if the man would cease working on other, new projects, and instead see to it that Versus XIII development meets its conclusion.

    • joesz

      well,there are many reasons for him not to finish it quickly.first:he’s not the only who’s working on it, he have a team and the others are probably busy with something else .second:final fantasy versus is just like any other game,it will not change the world,so they don’t need to haste about it.well personally I think that the game needs time to meet its completion,not how many people are working on it.

    • I think Ive been saying that for ages. He must be the type of guy that cant just focus on one project at a time.

      • It’s not his decision to be working on all these projects.

        • Ereek

          This. Putting his name onto games in any way is pretty much SE making the titles a “brand name.” Nomura likely doesn’t have a choice in the matter.

      • ShinNoKami

        I’d like to refer to that as Developer ADD.

  • idofgrahf

    Hopefully his characters will have more um… character this time, if its another FFXIII cast, then I’m not interested.

    • Am I the only person who felt somethibg for XIII’s characters? I mean I actually cared about them and I even felt warm inside when Lighting and Snow finally became “friends”. (That scene at Hope’s house)

      • mach

        You’re not the only one. FFXIII actually had the most consistently dynamic cast of characters. Every single one grew and changed as the story progressed.

        In most FF games, a few leads get all the character growth, while all the other characters stay relatively static. Sure, there may be lots of exposition about why such-and-such character is the way they are, but they don’t grow. In FFXIII, every character was fundamentally different by the end of the story because they’d all grown up.

        I guess people just don’t like the fact that the characters weren’t all instantly perfect and likable. Each had serious character faults in the beginning, and that puts people off, so they didn’t invest themselves enough to care when the characters overcame those faults.

        • FFIV says, “hi”.

          lol new fans

          • mach

            Cid, Palom, Porom, Yang, Rosa, Edge, and FuSoYa all say hi too. None of those characters truly changed internally by the end of the game. In fact, the only characters who really did were Kain and Cecil, and even then, the way they grew was pretty melodramatic and cheesy, since a lot of it was Deus ex Machina.

          • ShinNoKami

            Palom and Porom didn’t have enough time to undergo character change, IMHO.

          • Ereek

            “Character development” and “FFIV” should rarely, if ever, be used in the same sentence (though admittedly you didn’t use them together, it was implied). For its time, it was good and overshadowed what many titles did, but damn was the character development handled horribly. Cecil “changed,” but not really. He was doubting from the start and never really outgrew his his personality. He started the game off as a responsible leader-type who was questing his lord, and ended the game as the responsible leader-type who became a Lord. Cecil is never really “dark,” as his job implied. Kain goes through sudden character spikes and is perhaps the only one that goes through true change throughout the story, even if it was awkwardly.

          • puchinri

            I read that as FFVI at first. But my first thought is FFIX says hi.

        • Ereek

          Well said. I expected to hate Sazh coming into the game, but coming out he ended up my favorite character. Hope, too. I hate little boys (and girls) in games and anime, but I was surprised to find myself like Hope.

          Though, admittedly, it doesn’t really help people’s opinions when things like character motivation and backstory are given through a novel instead of the main game itself. A novel that was never officially released in English (there are easy-to-find fan translations, though).

      • Hope was the shining light in the game, I truly felt connected to him the whole game, and the relationship of the Lightning and Hope complex was definitely my favorite aspect.

        • Roses4Aria

          You know, I went into the game expecting to hate Hope because of all the Hope-bashing I’d seen online, but I actually ended up really liking his character. Yeah, he was a little whiny and angsty there for awhile–and annoyingly intolerant of Snow–but he was a young kid who saw his mother die in front of him and wanted someone to blame for what happened. His attitude seemed pretty understandable and realistic given the situation and his age. By the end of the game I thought he was adorable.

          • Joanna

            Exactly. I don’t get why people bash Hope. I expected to hate him as well, but I was impressed with the amount of character growth he underwent and how realistically he reacted to everything. I feel like people hate flawed and realistic characters just because they remind them of themselves and how flawed and weak we all are. I actually prefer these kinds of characters; I love it when a weak and flawed character grows.

  • When he says “charming” I think FF9. I’d love to see square move away from “cool” or “realistic” characters and back to something like that. I know I’ll be disappointed though.

    • goronyan

      i would love to see final fantasy with sd characters on a console that is not DS lol

      • Guest


        • ThunderGod_Cid

          ^^I’d have to agree.

        • goronyan

          why not? even if it’s just a spin-off (not an serious work) I would love to try it

  • Scallion

    How about designing someone who doesn’t look like Cloud or Sora, please?
    Oh, who am I kidding.

  • Hopefully more characters like Hope, definitely one of my favorite FF characters (Hope, Vaan, Tidus).

    • MisterNiwa

      I hope this was sarcasm, I can’t tell since this comment blew up my Sarcasm Detector.

      • 4shiki

        Because there’s no way people could like those characters, am I right?Give me a break. There are fans for every kind of character you can imagine, even the most detestable ones.(sorry for the load of edits, I felt my English was a bit weak today for some weird reason)

    • 4shiki

      Oh, hey. I like those three as well! Sad they have too much of a hatedom, isn’t it?

  • I wish that Fang was in this D’:

  • “Nomura moved on to the next game where he’s in the initial character creation stage.”

    In other words, he’s going around telling his co-workers, “Pick a number. One through ten” and using those numbers to decide on how many zippers to add to the characters’ outfits.

    • Kamion

      I’m looking forward to new genderbend Final Fantasy Characters.

      FF13 hat Lightcloud and Zackfang (Zang? Fack? – I don’t know if she reminded me of Zack but she reminded me of someone for sure :p)…

      This time we’ll get a male Lulu. Or a male Terra!


  • karasuKumo

    I’d literally kill for his job, it must be amazing.

  • Pichi

    Part of me wants it to be The World Ends with You, but I think its most likely a new IP. Will watch out for it.

  • Guest

    I hope he makes rugged looking 300 pound Caucasian Space Marines with buzz cuts, facial scars and wear 500 lbs of armor holding guns with chainsaws on them and saying only random cool one liners

  • BluCup

    Another Final Fantasy IX styled game would do wonders in washing away the taste of the Kingdom Hearts and World of Final Fantasy VII games.

  • TyeTheCzar

    Please! No more Nomura-designed characters! They’re all becoming too similar to each other! They’re nothing more than for satiating Yaoi fangirls! I’m sick of pretty-boy characters. Start making your main characters look like actual MEN!

  • Bruce

    off to another game that is to be released 2014 …

    • Well… his job is usually character design, so why not?

  • It wud b koo if the badass characters like ZELL, BARRET, Seifer, VIVI, etc cud appear in a new FF crossover game but not a fighter seein how Dissidia 2 is on the way.

    I just want the very few NIGGA characters to get their shine. Have u noticed that FF neva had a black chick thus far.

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