Square Enix Will Talk About The Future Of Final Fantasy Before E3

By Spencer . June 5, 2013 . 2:30pm

imageHours before E3 opens, Square Enix will hold a media briefing titled the Future of Final Fantasy. Shinji Hashimoto, Final Fantasy Brand Director and Senior Vice President of Square Enix, will be at the presentation to answer questions from the media. Back at the PlayStation 4 press conference, Hashimoto asked fans to be excited for E3.


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  • Melvin Kwan

    Final Fantasy VERSUS?!

    • Marcelo Gouvea

      …for iOS.

    • Neophoton

      How excited should we be for it? :V

    • Elemiel

      The internet will explode if Versus finally appears!

      • InWaves257

        20,000gil says it does?

  • Nanaki

    The Future is upon us.
    Let us wait, and most of all, hope.

    • AceRuby

      The future on iOS

      • Nanaki

        Enough of the iOS banter. We’ve heard enough of it to siphon the reality from the assumption.

        • AceRuby

          Sorry but Square-Enix does it to themselves honestly…

  • riceisnice

    To save Cocoon!

  • Neophoton

    I’m sure this will go swell.

    …Right!? (Versus/whatever it’s gonna be called would be nice, not counting on it, though.)

  • Charles

    All I need is:

    Versus XIII
    V/VI 3DS remakes

    • Albert Calderon

      That is what everyone wants and what Square won’t deliver..

    • Rytan

      Have we truly given up all hope of some sort of release for Type-0? ;_; Maybe if we whine enough, Squenix will take a note from Capcom and make an HD port…

      • Raos

        They tried and Sony blocked it

    • DesmaX

      You cannot HD Remaster PS1 games. Kojima already said that it looks horrible (That’s why MGS 1 didn’t get remastered)

      Especially games like FF that used Pre-rendered scenarios

      • Rem Tokimiya


        sure, for the pc but it’s possible anyways … might be a bit of work though.

      • You could ostensibly give FF7-9 a partial remake in the style if OoT or Star Fox 64 3D, wherein you redesign the character models and up-res the backgrounds but otherwise leave the basic game untouched.

        • DesmaX

          But then it would be on handheld (No problems there, but if you gonna do that, just pick the PS1 Classics versions).

          I mean, the resolution of a handheld game does not differ much from their original resolution, so it wouldn’t have a problem. But, if you’re gonna put them in High Resolution, it really wouldn’t work.

          Here, I found a screen of the PC version of FF VIII running in 1080p (Via mods):

          Not something you would want to release commercially, huh?

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            Ugh, put that back in the dark where it belongs! Reworking the visuals for a PS1 game would be a hassle in the first place, and even worse for FFVII and its varying art styles.

        • FJLink

          I don’t know about Starfox, but OOT 3D was a full remake done from scratch.

    • FF5 & FF6 need some love too = reamke!!

    • Surgeon of Death

      type 0 too.

  • DesmaX

    Oh yeah, they did say that they’re going to reveal the next game at E3. And, since it was announced at Sony Conference, I’ll assume they’ll announce it at Sony E3 conference the day before.

    Wonder if they’re gonna say something interesting there…

  • Roberto Cavalcante Souza

    I need Type-zero NA/Versus XIII and FF:VI HD
    Please Square

  • I’m not expecting much

    • Altin

      Not expecting much is too much for a company like Square Enix.

    • Please be excited.

      • My response to him would be proof is in the pudding

        • Ty Austin

          And the pudding is delicious!

    • CirnoLakes

      That pretty much sums up my feelings right there.

      Though I haven’t been excited for Square since the 90s. So maybe my opinion doesn’t mean much.

      • GH56734

        What about all those unlocalized Dragon Quest games, and DS games that are not FF? And all those potential remakes wasted as free-to-play card game crap?
        I miss the days of Square / Enix RPGs already…

  • Corey Owens

    This is the inevitable “We’re proud to announce that all Final Fantasy games from this point on will be brought to your iOS and Android device!”

  • SirRichard

    Basically directly after the Nintendo Direct, if I’m doing my conversions right (and assuming that’s PST), depending on how long the Nintendo one runs. They seem intent on talking the series up a lot this E3, what with the overt announcement of an E3 announcement of a new Final Fantasy and now this.

    I’d say “here’s hoping they don’t disappoint”, but I’m not so sure I can be that hopeful.

  • i hope there is word on chocobo racing 3d

    • Detrimont

      i’m glad i’m not the only one who hadn’t forgotten about it

  • VitaminC

    “We will have an announcement regarding the future of Final Fantasy at Tokyo Game Show…”

  • Klarktastic

    Cell phones? Cell phones. Cell phones!

    • epy

      TV, TV, TV, watching TV. Sports, sports, sports. Call of Duty, CoD, CoD. Wait, wrong company.

  • “The future of Final Fantasy”

    Im… Im scared D:

    • TheExile285

      It’s ok buddy…. We are all scared ;_;

    • Sweet Sui ♥

      I’m not scared… I’m friggin’ terrified~ D: I don’t foresee this ending well for some reason… ^_^””

    • LightningFarron19

      You really should not be. I saw a leaked E3 list and it was Final Fantasy XV (most likely vs XIII with a new name). It would be coming out 2013.

      So basically this year we will most likely be seeing the following:

      FF14 ARR
      FF1`0/10-2 HD remaster
      Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
      Final Fantasy XV

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Let’s leave the secrets of ‘leaked’ anything regarding E3 until after actual events. Those ‘official’ lists will change 12 dozen times between now and then.

      • Source?

        Im still preocuppied how they’ll handle the new Final Fantasy games given their recent direction on the main series and who knows what they’ve done to Versus until know.

  • Raze

    And they will announce FFvsXIII for PS4 and change It’s name to FF XV…
    Well..It’s just my guess….

  • I think this conference is actually a good thing. I mean if they’re telling us to ask questions then maybe that means that they are going to listen and take certain things into consideration as well. By now most probably wont care, but I for one am looking forward to this.

  • JoJo_649

    That header image, as heartbreaking as this news, please Square prove me wrong and don’t focus on IOS, but instead bring on heavy hitters on 3DS, Vita, PS4 and WiiU, stuff like a new dissidia, FFVI remake and Versus (call it XV if you want, but release it alreadyy!!).

    • TheExile285

      I agree 1000000000000%

      Dissidia 3 probably won’t happen since 012 sadly bombed somewhat. There is still SO much other good stuff they could do though.

      • Gyro Zeppeli

        I’m sure Dissidia still has a chance, they just need to release 012 as a downloadable title on consoles (and maybe PC).

        • Shariest

          Heh, should we first wait till they actually have, you know…NEW CHARACTERS FOR IT :P

          • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

            There are hundreds of side characters they can use from all FF titles. Seriously. x.x

          • Shariest

            Yes. But i’m not too sure that they’d really make a new Dissidia out of purely side characters :)

            IT MIGHT WORK, i say, as a promotional DLC to Vita, or as a late “Sorry we’ve been doing shit, have a real game”-Edition :D

            Edit: As a slight after posting remembering stuff-thingy : E3 mentions a “New FF Game” on Squenix event :)

          • O_O Master Clueless

            if so Caius Ballad better be in it

      • Ronldbx6

        How did Dissidia 012 bomb? I thought it did well. Who doesn’t love and want more Dissidia? It’s time for a PS3 Dissidia.

        • TheExile285

          Dissidia 1 sold a million copies in Japan alone.

          As far I can tell, 012 barely sold 700k worldwide. Maybe bomb was too harsh but it doesn’t seem like the kind of sales that would warrant a sequel from SE especially since they’ve been whinning recently whenever one of there games does not sell 2 million+

          Id love a new Dissidia on PS3/4 and Vita with cross save (and maybe cross play) but i doubt it would happen. Dissidia series is the only series for me atm that ive put 1200 hours into. A couple of the best PSP games ever made IMO.

    • Ixbran

      a new Dissidia and a remake of FFVI would make this one of the best years of gaming for me.

      • AuraGuyChris

        …announced for your little smartphone!

      • Surgeon of Death

        FF type-0

      • MonsieurEek

        Why so much enthusiasm for remakes? The games don’t really need it, and it’s hard for me to imagine Square actually improving them.

        New Dissidia would be cool, though. Those games are pretty underappreciated, especially Duodecim where the new writing was actually fun instead of terrible.

        • Wiccan1109

          1-6 all have/could benefit from visual updates and a better script to keep the series popular and relevant in the modern generation. I think one reason why FF is still a household JRPG name is because most of its competitors did not update and rotate their older, more popular installments and so their new installments weren’t given much attention.

          I don’t think any finished games ever ‘need’ anything but thats not how the business-fandom relationship works, its more about ‘want’. xD

          I do think there is a limit though. FF7,8 and 9 are all still really popular and thanks to 3D graphics, PC ports and passable translations, they will be in played and talked about for quite a while still. It wouldn’t make sense to remake those.

    • Ronldbx6

      New Dissidia for PS3/ PSVita PLEASE! And The 3rd Birthday sequel for PS3, will both give me my life!

  • Go2hell66

    Train wreck incoming?

    • Mithfalath

      It’s anybody’s guess really!

  • Shariest

    I…I…I Can’t understand who the hell made these decisions?
    The lack of Localization and concentrating on casual markets, which FF does not grasp tightly enough, combined with wasted money loitering and developing dead-ends and. and, and …Garbage. That is the only word that fits the misadventures of iOS FF’s…

    They did with professional teams what fans have done for years. A series (neverending it sadly seems) of crappy games with old-as-hell sprites. If i wan’t to see that level content, and even better! I will go to Kongregate.

    And in all honesty, i doubt many of the games have made profit, or gotten even to say

  • TheExile285

    If I hear more iOS/Android crap, I’m gonna explode

    • AuraGuyChris

      If I do hear that, I’ll nuke their HQ!

      • Kitestwinblades

        Square- “Cant let you DO THAT, STARFOX”

    • Testsubject909

      How much does a bunker cost nowadays…

  • epy

    I wish I didn’t care about Square Enix anymore but I keep hoping they can turn this around. They have so many franchises I love (even if they refuse to make new games for them). Maybe it will happen eventually like it did with Capcom but until then I’m going to be annoyed every time they announce mobile and web stuff instead of laughing it off like everyone else.

  • Martian Wong

    Tetsuya Nomura will soon show the future of Final Fantasy, Is this the event that he is referring to?

  • Saint_Stahn

    The use of red and black in the background make it look ominous… or like a funeral… I’m officially scared now.

  • The announcement will hopefully not be an announcement of an announcement again ^^;
    I remain cautiously optimistic.

  • “If people want more Final Fantasy, they should buy more! Until then, it’s Lightning games for everyone.” – Hashimoto

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    3 things I’m looking for from is event:
    1) Wtf is up with Versus XIII, why has it taken forever to hear any news, and how are they going to correct this unreasonable drought of information in the future.
    2) Are there going to be any more handheld FF games (not mobile/social), seeing those have actually been some of the few quality titles that they’ve released lately.
    And 3) Will they be doing anything with the Agni’s Philosophy tech demo. It looked very nice and could have some potential as a FF spin off title.

    If I don’t get answers for these questions this year, my wallet and SE are going to have to break up the relationship until they get their shit straight.

  • amagidyne

    Do it.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Final Fantasy has a future? The last good FF was Crisis Core, everything else has been pretentious and a drag. With their newfound interest in mobile gaming, I can only imagine the worst~.

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    VII on 3DS. Just do it. Seriously, right now.

    • Rocket D

      I doubt it has anything to do with any past FF. They will probably be speaking of future FF titles and ones currently in production now. And who knows, maybe even ways they plan to localize FF in the future.

      P.S I personally think FFVII (or any PSX FF) would suit the Vita better with it’s graphic capabilities and space. But then again, looking forward to seeing what SE can and will do beyond their past classics. They relied on them too long I think. They have to consider making newly loved FF that will become classics now.

      • TheExile285

        Or PS3 or PS4. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see FFVII remake on Vita but it won’t happen and releasing it on 3DS would be like releasing Xenogears Chronicles 2 on PS4.

  • Rohan Viajar

    (During Presentation)
    Hashimoto: Ahem! MORE SOCIAL GAMES! :D

    Audience: -_-

    Hashimoto: :D

    *cricket noises of silence*

    • O_O Master Clueless

      yeah and watch all the ppl in the audience stand up casting magicks on him for that horrid display, and it’s E3 i dont think you come to one of the biggest gaming events of the year to annouce iOS/android games its a waste of time, and fans time just stay at there desk and tell us that.

    • Testsubject909

      Nah. Not for E3.

      Social games is probably focal to their home market but I’d imagine they’re not so stupid as to try that here.

      At the very least not as the focal point of their presentation.

  • Ty Austin

    All the bravest 2 confirmed! /kappa

  • brian

    Seems like it’d be after E3, not before.
    I’m done being excited for their games unless someone else publishes them.

    • Shariest

      E3 is a 4-day-long event.
      11th day they open for larger audiences :)

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Eh? People still care about what Squeenix has to say?

    • Syn

      2 words. Final Fantasy…..actually, scratch that, theres plenty words, like all the IP’s they own know. Hitman, Tombrider, Valkyrie Profile, Chrono Trigger/cross etc They are a pretty big deal in case you forgot.

  • NimbusStev

    I keep telling myself that I’m done with Final Fantasy. That I don’t even care what they do with the series anymore.

    Yet just the fact that I saw Aerith next to the words “E3” and “Future of Final Fantasy” got my heart racing for a split second. It’s like I’m cursed.

    • Syn

      I know exactly what you mean, I try with all my might to stay away, but the moment I saw that, I clicked away with hope, now I get understand a LITTLE more why abused girlfriends stay

  • Unlimax

    Give me a remake or a New installment for Parasite Eve and i will be more than excited Hashimoto ~

    • Maumac77

      If they do to Parasite Eve what they did to Tomb Raider, I would love it

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      This! A thousand times this! I would jump on a (good) HD Parasite Eve game in a heartbeat!

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    The preview image of Aerith is part of a great methapor. Aerith represents our hopes for Square’s upcoming games but that’s the cutscene where Aerith is almost killed by Sephiroth who represents the announcements from E3.


    • “Almost” killed?

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        She still lives in our hearts just like Serah, Shadow and Green Biker Dude

  • Warboss Aohd

    Can’t remember who said it (think Total Biscuit), but not many people are willin’ ta pay $20 or more fer an’ iOS game, iOS fer dem ain’t a smart business plan, mostly cause dey don’t seem to know wot dey iz doin’ wit iOS.

  • DCBlackbird

    idk I view the title Final Fantasy as Label they put over a subtitle or just label overall they use for some poor schlub’s original story to make sure it sells….. and it works

  • Sylveria

    iOS ports, refusal to localize decent titles, and 10 more games starring Lightning.

  • Demeanor

    Lo and behold, Final Fantasy XV for iOS XD is this a joke btw? >_>

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I another FF7 Spinoff?

    • Testsubject909

      I’d like to see a sequel to Dirge of Cerberus.

      … What? I enjoyed the gameplay..

    • SquEnix retired the FF7 spinoff line half a decade ago. Thank god.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    @Spencer > Don’t forget Type-0 please, we need to know what happened/is happening + an update on the Crystal Chronicles series would be nice :)

  • WhyWai

    I prefer to see the present of Final Fantasy than the “future”.
    I don’t need FFXV announcement that only come out at 2018….

  • FFXV exclusively on iOS and Android!

    • MogCakes


    • MogCakes


  • Chippy

    You get a perfume!!
    & You get a perfume!!!
    & You get a perfume!!!!

    Everyone gets Final Fantasy versus XIII PERFUME!!!!

  • IMB

    Hashimoto: Today I’ll announce the new Final Fantasy on PS4

    Audience: …..

    Hashimoto: Its call Final Fantasy Forgotten (Aka. F.Fantasy 15) The main character is call Noctis and here the preview for this game.

    Audience: Okay…

    *Preview of Noctis teleport away…*

    Audience: Huh????

    A random cosplay Noctis appear at the stage…..and

    *Audience throw stuff towards the wannabe Noctis & Hashimoto*

  • Hidayat246

    Lets think to the best and prepare for the worst

  • transferstudentx

    i feel like i am waiting for marks on a exam i know iam failing yea that kind of feeling

  • eilegz

    people lets lower our expectations because we dont want to get dissapointed

  • Yan Zhao

    “Whens FF5/6/7/9 HD remakes for the PS3?”

  • artemisthemp

    Ain’t Ubisoft E3 ad the same time?
    I really wish EA and Ubisoft would trade air time, since EA only have Dragon Age 3 for me.

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