Final Fantasy XV Director Tetsuya Nomura Discusses Future Plans

By Sato . June 12, 2013 . 7:50pm

The recently revealed Final Fantasy XV was one of this year’s biggest surprises at E3 this week. In the midst of a busy schedule for director Tetsuya Nomura, Famitsu.com were able to catch up and discuss future plans for the much anticipated fifteenth installment of the Final Fantasy series.

 

To begin with, many have wondered about any significant meanings behind the end of the trailer, when it was quoted, “The world is ever changing… For the fifteenth coming,” and if it has anything to do with the story of the game.

 

According to Nomura, this quote isn’t part of the game, and it was just a line that was made for the trailer alone. It won’t have anything to do with the story or any of the characters.

 

Nomura also briefly touched upon the nature of the game’s story and its battle system. Both are different from past Final Fantasy games, and this is a result of the game having started out as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. That said, while the game has been rebranded to “Final Fantasy XV,” the idea behind having a different story and and action-based battle system has not.

 

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Nomura says he had to confirm that this would be okay during talks of the game being rebranded as the next numbered Final Fantasy XV. After being told that it wouldn’t be a problem, things went ahead as planned.

 

Additionally, while Square Enix hinted earlier in the week that Final Fantasy XV may have sequels or future follow-up games that continue the story, Nomura clearly confirms that this will indeed be the case.

 

Says Nomura: “In the trailer, there was a line that read “A World of the Versus Epic,” which suggests that it will be part of an epic. While Final Fantasy XV will have one climax, as a story, we plan to continue it further.”

 

This, Nomura says, would make it easier for him and the rest of the team to develop freely without having to worry about the story and contents fitting into just one game.

 

That said, if Final Fantasy XV is to become a continuous series, players may expect subsequent games to be released in a shorter span, similar to the Final Fantasy XIII series. Famitsu asks Nomura to weigh in on the subject.

 

“As for as how it will be released, we’ll announce that later on; however, having you wait a long while for a next title isn’t something we would desire…” Nomura replies. “Also, we’ve been exploring online compatibilities ever since the shift towards the next-generation hardware was decided.”

 

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He continued in regards to possible online features, “There are many possibilities. To develop a big title for next-gen consoles, the development costs and time increases significantly, along with its entire scale. When it comes to offline games, even titles that have been in development for years can easily be played out in a short period of time. In order to increase the span of play time, I believe that online features are definitely required. Also, in order to keep the story and anticipation going, I believe that such features are needed, so we’re currently exploring possibilities.”

 

Famitsu then asks whether there are any plans involving the PlayStation Vita or other hardware for Final Fantasy XV. To this, Nomura replies that Square Enix are interested in using the Vita, smartphones and tablets for new developments.

 

 

“Not only PS Vita, but we’re also exploring possible implementations using smartphones and tablets to bring new developments that have yet to be seen in the Final Fantasy series,” Nomura says. “I believe that such expandability has been made possible thanks to the advantage of switching our development method to a PC base.”

 

Finally, Nomura leaves the following message for fans:

 

“I deeply apologize for having you wait for so long. I hope that our latest announcement has been able to meet all of your expectations. From this point on, the quality will only be getting better. We plan on revealing more information at future large events such as the Tokyo Game Show, so keep a close eye on the upcoming evolution of Final Fantasy XV. There are many of you who feel that Japanese developers have fallen behind those from the West in the current generation. I believe that this title will show you otherwise for the next generation.”

 

Final Fantasy XV is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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  • NoLastName

    I should feel mad at having this game being teased since 2006 but I’m just so happy to be getting so much definitive news

    • DemonShadowX

      GET ANGRY!

    • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

      It’s funny that people did nothing but complain about he game not coming out. Now that the game is moving closer to a release, the concensus seems to be “Nomura is to blame for everything so I dont want it anymore”. You just cant please everyone.

      • Ehren Rivers

        *Anyone :P

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        You can’t please internet diehards. Best thing to do when you read those sort of comments is to step away and be happy that something you like is coming out in the future.

        Leave the naysayers to their own well of negativity. Last time I checked few of them ran their own game development studio.

        Mind, the internet is an easy place to be a keyboard warrior. Just like this!

        • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

          Lol
          Good advice. I just get annoyed when speculation starts to outweigh the facts of the matter.

        • KnifeAndFork

          Those people will probably end up buying the game anyway

      • dragoon_slayer12

        Honestly, I blame S-E for slave laboring this guy to death for almost 8 years (could be more). He directed lots of games, produce a hell of a lotmore, ssupervised XIII majority of the development. So withhis attention everywhere else EXCEPT his MAIN project, how can HE be blamed . almost every S-E game released from 05/06,his name was tied to the opening credits.

        • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

          Thats true. Though square has been known for overworking it’s employees. Most of my inner circle thinks Nomura has more power than he actually does. If the company decides to move development to a system that is releasing soon Im sure there are complications that will arrise if Nomura were to force the issue and still attempt to release it on the PS3. It’s extremely unfair that when anything goes wrong, the only people who get the blame are Toriyama or Nomura.
          I blame GameInformer for posting an article that was worded in a way that makes Nomura seem like he is in charge of square when they did a poll for most popular developers lol

  • AyaisMUsikWhore

    I’m stoked for this game. I would of an appreciated a proper apology for saying it was going to be a PS3 exclusive all those years but I’m over it. Business is business and they aren’t looking so good so I’ll support them still and will by this game day one for the PS4

  • Kaitsu

    Nomura has made my favorite Square Enix games of all times, there’s no way I’d be mad. I’m just glad it’s still here.

  • Grape Monet

    When he says they’ll show it at Tokyo Game Show, he means the one this year, right? RIGHT??

    • NoLastName

      What about Gamescom Nomura? Us Europeans need love too

    • DemonShadowX

      He means 7 years from now :-P

      • MrRobbyM

        In a different dimension

  • HerosLight

    So this may have sequels like FF13…

    Well, as long as the game keeps us entertained and gameplay is fun, i’m fine with that.

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      let’s just hope the sequels won’t take 7 years of development

      • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

        Depending on the timing of development and if its on a console cliff again. Likely one of the future sequels will but we wont know that until after the release date is announced. At least with Versus, it seems the wait & patience of the fans has paid off. Smoother graphics on a new console that will drive sells for both sony and square.

      • Ty Austin

        I wouldn’t think so. He said so himself in the interview, by doing sequels, they can release games quicker.

        Doing current gen RPGs is expensive, what you’ve built after years of development needs to carry you for quite some time, I could imagine. Releasing a brand new game, from the ground up each time just isn’t cost effective anymore.

      • LynxAmali

        They have the most difficult part done; the engine.

  • karasuKumo

    Interested to see if they announce a release date at TGS. Or even a vague idea of what year to expect the release.

  • riceisnice

    I miss the Ivalice Alliance games.

    • dragoon_slayer12

      i haven’t played tactics advance and A2, nor XII-2, but i loved the hell out of Vagrant Story, XII, and Tactics. i would love for a return of Invalice, starting with Vagrant Story II. either update the combat system, or leave it the same, either or works (damn that system was unique as fuck)

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      I’m upset: HAS NO ONE ASKED SE THAT QUESTION YET?

      • KnifeAndFork

        Ito is in hiding…

  • dragoon_slayer12

    i’m giddy as hell that Vs became a ps4 title (being XV is not important), but i hope they don’t serialize it like XIII. my main concern, since expansions within this title alone, along with its world, is that since they considered DLC and direct sequels with this title, will it effect the overall game. i want a complete package, then DLC. if the story is as grand as they claim it to be (and as i been expecting/anticipating as well), will the sequels be necessary (like/unlike XIII) or are they planning something in terms of Nova Fabula Crystalis or Final Fantasy VII Compilation? if its the first, the XV better be the greatest title in the series (and/or RPG ever, like i hope), if its the 2nd, they better deliver overall (Vs), worldwide (Type-0), and keep it as part of the initial project (Agito XIII->Type-0, Versus XIII->XV)

    • yo1234

      You’re asking too much if you ask me. I welcome sequels. as long as they don’t make it girly like ffx-2. IMO it wouldn’t be the same. I’ll still buy it though.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        i don’t think so. S-E had high hopes for XIII, so they announced NFC (ha). XIII was considered an abomination by most (not me), Versus became XV 7 years later, and Agito turned into its own series and is Japan only (thus far). and even with XIII considered an abomination, they made a part 2, which majority of the XIII haters hated more, and some XIII fans hate (haven’t played it myself), and yet they STILL DECIDE TO MAKE XIII-3. so no, i don’t think i’m asking much. if they have faith and make multiple titles NFC style, they better deliver worldwide and under the same project.if they consider sequels, they better make sure this is BETTER than any Final Fantasy before X, and not with their opinion, but with OURS. cuz, nobody likes being forced fed something they don’t like, even if only 2% enjoy it and/or the end results will be worth it

        Edit: and i never said i won’t buy XV, i want that more than any other game EVER. i truly believe XV will be the best, but that can change once i play and complete it. look at XIII, gameplay vids made it seem like the ultimate J-RPG, but the story was so shitty, people even ignore its awesome (my opinion) combat system, and call it THE WORST EVER, which i think belongs to 1 and 3 (now those stories suck balls, even IF it has a story other than being the warriors of light)

        • Kolby Keith

          1 is what saved the company thank you and is a fantastic game for mindless play. 3 was boring at times but worked well for what it was. 13′s plot was good, just not as a final fantasy title because it was too sci-fi, the gameplay was peoples biggest hate, because it was so detached from the player. You clicked a button occasionally clicking a different one. It really did play itself for the most part. Honestly, as much as I love turn based combat, they proved it probably can’t work the same as it use to BECAUSE of 13. 15′s combat seems like the right direction to me or at least for now unless they find a way to make it better because it keeps strategy while adds speed and cinematics. It has all the skills and abilities as the old ones just a different format. I want them to definitely keep turn based and ATB but they seem to suit portable consoles better now, just from the evolution of the game industry and the devices themselves. But for the record, just because I think they should be portable, doesn’t mean I think they should be any less big and fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    My favorite developer in this industry. From Final Fantasy VII, Brave Fencer Musashi, Parasite Eve. I love those games when I was a child decades ago, it’s only after Kingdom Hearts I finally realize those games were made by Tetsuya Nomura.

    Here’s to another 15 Final Fantasy in the future!

    • dragoon_slayer12

      same. but for me, it was more around the timing of it all. since KH first announcement, i always kept tabs on it. which led me to finding out who’s brainchild it was, artist, director (all this main), and his previous credentials. since then, i’ve followed him, and started paying attention to a lot more that wasn’t him or Hideo Kojima (like MGS, LOVED ZoE, which caused me to follow him more closely, MGS2 made me realize he is a VG mastermind). i love his art style (although traditional anime, he has very different designs for characters/monsters, while everybody else almost mimics each other.)

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      yknow, Nomura was just the art director for those games.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I could be mad, but I’m just too damn happy. Apology unnecessary, but accepted all the same!

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      Apology needed (it’s been 7 years), and accepted. But I am excited to see it progressing well.

  • urbanscholar

    I still feel this is 1-2 before done. 2015? Guess we wait on TGS for more

  • LightZero

    I would rather get an apology for having to buy a new system when I was waiting faithfully for the game on my PS3 for 7 long years. But what done is done. I’m still mad but that is just how it is. I just hope it’s a good game. I’m not a huge fan of how KH turn out story wise but since it’s Nojima doing the writing I’m not worried.

    • Nanaki

      You waited all those years just for Versus XIII??

      • Wait what

        A lot of us did. It was a system seller for a lot of FF fans.

        • Ni

          I only bought a PS3 because of Versus (same for PSP but the system seller was when Type-0 (agito XIII in the tme) got announced)…Now I just wait for the release of whatever SE or any other company announce. And I control my hype to not ending up doing stupid things again

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Is it not possible for people to buy the system AFTER the game is released to avoid all this hooplah?

          • Ni

            When you are a fanboy my freind, you’ll do a lot of stupid things :p. I was only 11 years old when i had seen the first trailer and I got hyped as F so I start saving money for my ps3. one year later I was able to buy one by myself then the years had passed and when I was 15 I said to myself ‘ i’ll never buy a system for just one game, especially when the game was not even released yet!!’

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Well this is just a general message to ALL gamers. FANBOYS and otherwise. A system can break down in 3 months. Unsuspected circumstances in life can render gaming difficult or sometimes just not necessary. On the other side of things, chances are if you wait the game may not only be cheaper, but bundled WITH the system with features and HDD space at a more reasonable price. YOU HAVE OPTIONS.

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Lol I understand your plight. I have jumped the gun quite a few times which has cost me a lot of funds. I have pre-ordered the ps4 but i am interested in a few of the titles and the backwords stream. I may end up selling it a couple days later and waiting for the release of one of the titles I have a higher affinity for.

          • yo1234

            OH. in that case we are the same. It seems like you are a fellow impulse buyer.

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Indeed. Tho it is usually motivated by limited quantity items. My invoice for an AmiAmi order in July is roughly $940 prior to shipping. Mostly because the items were in tentative pre-orde status. I usually end up re-selling the goods for a profit but the initial payment can be daunting >_<

          • yo1234

            So you’re you only bought a ps3 for versus which you knew nothing about and also claiming that you bought it early due to being a fanboy? you’re contradicting yourse’f bruh. Unless you mean a square enix fanboy and not a sony fanboy.

          • Ni

            SE fanboy. some years ago my room had FF, PE and many others square games as the wall paint

          • $36598391

            I bought my PS3 because there were so many great looking games coming out for it and what happens, over half of them never get released outside Japan

  • SerendipityX

    Apology accepted. Only thing I have to say is be careful next time and not announce stuff too early.

    • KnifeAndFork

      too soon junior *hits the NOS button* (Nomura admitted he “announced Kingdom Hearts too early”)

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Not even mad. Just happy to see that they’ve developed something so great all this time. =^_^=

    • KnifeAndFork

      There’s the possibility that on this planet, there might have been people waiting seven years for this game that have now died O_o

      • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

        Then we should all play XV and enjoy it with those people in mind lol

  • JoJo_649

    Apology accepted, just give me a release date already!!!

  • ChiffonCake

    >There are many of you who feel that Japanese developers have fallen
    behind those from the West in the current generation. I believe that
    this title will show you otherwise for the next generation.

    My body has never been this ready. Come at me, Square. Make me believe in you once more!

    • $36598391

      I would start believing in Square once more if they would give the Saga series some long overdue attention outside Japan

      Saga Frontier and Saga Frontier 2 need to put on the NA PSN

      • HACIENDATHIS

        Only NA?

    • RovCal

      i forgave square enix when they made bravely default. true nintendo is publishing it. but that game is everything for which i fell in love with square in the first place.

  • Pfantzypantz

    “I believe that such expandability has been made possible thanks to the
    advantage of switching our development method to a PC base.”

    Please bring FF and KH to PC, it’s like they’re teasing us at this point…

    • Samuel Giam

      Me too. I do wish Kingdom Hearts III gets announced for the PC so I don’t need to get a PlayStation 4 just for this game, but for Final Fantasy I think your wish already come true because FF XIV: A Realm Reborn is getting released on the PC unless you’re talking about FF XV which may never be released on PC.

  • João Madalena

    I’m kinda relieved by him saying they are producing this game with sequels in mind, that way they won’t screw up like FF13 which had a satisfying ending but the sequels screwed up the plot with the desire to milk Lightning.

  • vileBrenman

    I have high hopes for this game after seeing the gameplay trailers. I mean my GOD that action based gameplay looked super freakin awesome my hope is that it’s as fun to play as it is to see.

  • 果林

    FFXV-2.5

  • Ni

    So, since the XIII games failed to create a new VII level of success, SE is rolling the Deuce with XV now? There is already a lot of hype running around the game for seven fucking years, and people saiyng that’s gonna be the best FF of all time even though the game was never released, if they don’t mess this up, I think they’re gonna achive that (what I’m laughing is that the whole original XIII saga doesn’t exist anymore lol)

    • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

      Really? I thought i saw it at E3… at the square booth… with prize giveaways… a human sized tote bag with a pink haired heroine on it… a pre-painted figurine at the merchandise booth…oh and this: http://store.jp.square-enix.com/detail/SE-E0110?fromsearch=cat%3dall%26q%3dLightning

      • Ni

        i don’t know. While I liked XIII and Lightning, I don’t think that XIII Series was as successful as they expected it to be for it turn out in a new VII.

        XV on the other hand has VII elements all over it IMO. That’s why I think this might be the new “every one number one” FF

        • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

          The Dev teams are completely different so honestly I dont see why they felt that this notion of matching VII was such a grand aspect. Even better, why does it need to match VII? Nomura worked more closely on VII’s story and like you said the elements of 7 and 15 are more parallel, yet he has not made any comparison at all.
          XIII’s staff even whent to the lengths of saying XIII’s battle system is to mimic Advent Children. When I look at gameplay styles, this is more the case with Versus. I will admit that the E3 2006 version of the “battle sytem” most definitely had the ability to mimic Advent Children’s action.
          As of now the battle system seen in the E3 playable demo is by far the best I have seen in the XIII Saga. It is responsive, flashy, and caters to the strategic challenges presented in the original game. If making the game single player would have helped this style come to fruition and provide the depth of battle presented in the 2006 trailer, they should have done this straight away.

    • Testsubject909

      There’s also anti-hype, people going around calling Betrayal that it isn’t a turn based JRPG, saying that the game looks boring and many other such things.

      Squeenix has divided the fanbase multiple times and with many fractured groups within their Final Fantasy fanbase as a whole…

      Nothing is sure here… Maybe, who knows, FFXV could flop harder then any other FF… probably not, but who knows.

      I’ll still buy it Day 1 personally. Looks fun to me.

      • yo1234

        OMG THIS.
        I swear… People think the game is going to suck just because it’s a final fantasy without a turn base system. I bet they’d have a different tune if it wasn’t labeled final fantasy. people just can’t accept a game for its quality these days >__>

        • SerendipityX

          I’m not really surprised. There was no way FFXV was going to live up to any of the expectations of the wavering FF fanbase. Unless this turns out to be the perfect game, there are going to be a lot of unsatisfied people. I had hoped they learned that from FFXIII.

          Me personally I like it when FF changes even if it always doesn’t work out well (see:FFXIII)

          • yo1234

            there’s no way they can contend with nostalgia when the memory has been bloated like the psx era final fantasy. i defy someone to prove to me that final fantasy 1-3 are better than ffx and ffxii. or that the stories of 1-3 are on par with ffxiii. It wasn’t the best IMO due to the linear story. but it still had more depth.

      • JustThisOne

        It’s funny, because waaaaaaaaay back when during Versus’ announcement, I remember them clearly saying that it would be more action-based than XIII. XIII was going to be the “cinematic ATB” one, and Versus was supposed to be more similar to Kingdom Hearts.

  • Tom

    “The world is ever changing… For the fifteenth coming” – reminds me of Dissidia 012, where they have the same conflict fought several times. In Duodecim it’s the 12th and 13th conflict, I believe.

    • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

      I thought that line was a bit weird. Nomura did state is was there only for the reveal and does not tie in to the game :P

  • Testsubject909

    So I’m guessing that optimistically, we’ll see this in 2014 mid or late. Or 2015.

    Hmm… Though I will also note. I’m glad to hear he’s going to be working with the Vita as well. Hopefully though with a more natural and standard dev time cycle.

    • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

      I kinda gathered that the game will be cross controlled through the vita. Or some other features like enhancing the gameplay of the original title by using the vita.

      • yo1234

        Ok.. stop right there. He said he was looking into it. Not that it is going to be compatible with the Vita. I’m a little worried by you putting “will be cross controlled”. If it ends up not being compatible, it will cause a huge misunderstanding and you are going to feel tricked and start calling out SE.

        • SerendipityX

          Wasn’t it mentioned that that PS4 games would be able to played on Vita via remote play?

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Yes.. yes it was.

          • yo1234

            Not all games though. Whether or not a game is going to be playable on the vita is up to the devs. Not sony.
            They WANT games to be playable on the vita. They;ll try to make it as easy as possible. And it should be easy to play on the vita. But it is still up the devs

          • http://twitter.com/crxuchilbara MegamMix

            Sony mandates cross play for next gen.

  • Charles

    You’re in the wrong game Ezio!

    • Kai2591

      lol my thoughts exactly!

  • Ty Austin

    We should be in the clear here, guys. Back when Versus was announced, they were working on XIII among other things. Now that Versus is the new XV, the game should have their (near) full attention. Hopefully…

  • Magicks

    He continued in regards to possible online features, “There are many possibilities. To develop a big title for next-gen consoles, the development costs and time increases significantly, along with its entire scale. When it comes to offline games, even titles that have been in development for years can easily be played out in a short period of time. In order to increase the span of play time, I believe that online features are definitely required. Also, in order to keep the story and anticipation going, I believe that such features are needed, so we’re currently exploring possibilities.”

    That’s… Some pretty interesting stuff. Maybe perhaps some sort of online co-op where you control the different characters that party up with Noctis? I dunno, but I hope they’ll come up with something really interesting if they do push for online features.

  • IMB

    Future follow-up of Final Fantasy XV hmm.. I hope that Nomura & his staff don’t drag too long just like the saga of Final Fantasy XIII

  • Unlimax

    PLEASE .. Please show me a new Parasite Eve at TGS ಥ﹏ಥ

    • $36598391

      New Saga Frontier and Front Mission 5 Vita please Square

  • shuyai

    i dont mind sequel IF they provide a concrete ending like metal gear game, but they better not split one game/story into two part. or for example you finally make you way to final boss and won after a long battle but just before you delivery the final blow with the sword -black screen-to be continue or pull shit like you killed the final boss and a new boss appear and say shit like all according to plan and boom to be continue

  • Demeanor

    I have no problems with sequels to the main title IF the core concept is good and enjoyable, they’d be welcome. Looking forward to see how XV plays out.

  • http://crono-trigger.tumblr.com/ SilverCrono

    It’s okay, Nomura, we forgive you for the 7 year wait….

    As long as this game turns out to be good and isn’t milked until it’s bone dry. :)

  • gustinex

    Im still really sad that this and kh3 is not for ps3 =( many of us bought the ps3 anticipating these 2.

  • DCBlackbird

    not even a token black guy……

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      It’s like Japan doesn’t know about American media: there is always a “token” black guy. Always!

    • Pockystix

      they probably had to force Nomura to add token females. . . his arch nemesis the female character. lol

      • DCBlackbird

        I just hope the females aren’t the typical Nomura tight shirt mini skirt long haired gals….. The nemesis already appears to be so

  • Mithfalath

    Holy cow, is Nomura actually… reading the comments section of game blogs? I’m impressed with the response. :>

  • Virevolte

    Please, no more “To be continued” screen. :/

  • roydgriffin

    No no no, please release a finished, full game first, then think about sequels.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Damn, that black haired girl is so beautiful, It literately took my breath away. Please tell me she is a party member at some point… Come on Square don’t leave me with just sausage fest…

    • KnifeAndFork

      Kilbasa sausage?

  • fyi1191

    What I want to know is whether the next FF party gonna be consist of 90% female members?
    This FF have way too many sexy guys + old men.

    • Alexander Aubert

      maybe there will be a harem ending

  • Gilgamesh2025

    I just want to hold that game in my hands! >.<

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    … A lot of disappointing news in this post. Was hoping FFXV would be a self-contained story and no direct sequels would be involved. That and the mention of online capabilities. As long as it’s co-op and not competitive multiplayer I guess I could live with it. Man, now my excitement is falling a bit.

  • kenshee

    So, he pretty much confirms that he might want to make this his alter-kingdom hearts series? That’s kind of how I read all of this.

    Well, to me he’s proven he knows how to spin an intriguing tale across multiple games, and I often felt that kingdom hearts was at its peak when it was not in disney worlds (and thus, focused on the main story).

    Well, all I’m worried about is that this means that they’ll be splitting their attention even more! Kingdom hearts is doing great, but what if this ends up equally successful? Unless they have another big team currently at work on ff XVI, I could see the next gen being like the current: one main numbered game that gets it’s own spinoffs/sequels and XIV the MMORPG.

    Oh, and mobile/social games, sadly, a ton of those as well >.<

  • Noctis Caelum

    I’m so excited!!

    • Anime10121

      Me too Noct ;D

  • Alexander Aubert

    many people hate that if this game has a sequel. but it’s okay with trails in the sky

    • Steven Higgins

      That’s because fans have been disappointed by FF sequels in the past. VII fans hated what they did to Cloud’s personality, X fans hated that the party was all female and that the story was overly-feminine XIII fans hated the the sequel was made at all given the ending of the first one. FF XII: Revenant Wings is the only (main title) FF sequel I haven’t heard complaints about, but I’m sure those fans have issues with it as well. When it comes to FF, Square does not have a good track record with sequels.

      • Alexander Aubert

        so that’s why

  • Göran Isacson

    I must admit that I’m amused over the fact that they outright clarified that THAT particular piece of fluffy mumbo-jumbo was just there to say “oh yeah this game is now XV, not VSXIII.”

    At any rate- while sequels make me slightly frowny, it’s mostly for the fact that when you’ve waited this long it’s QUITE arrogant to turn around and tell people that they’ll have to wait EVEN LONGER to see the full conclusion to whatever story it is they’ve imagined. Now, if the world they’re designing here is large enough to incorporate COMPLETELY DIFFERENT characters into the game, like say, perhaps making the Agnis Philosophy characters into part of this world but set in another country (or maybe just another time but still related to this world), then a sequel wouldn’t be too bad. It would just be adding a whole new level to the tapestry. But if they’re gonna make this into Final Fantasy XIII all over again after making us wait seven years for an actual game… then I shall sing the song of E-Rage. And I suspect I won’t be the only one….

    Also- I do hope there’s eventually going to be some sort of tell-all where Nomura can honestly say just what’s been going on all these years behind the scenes.

    • Kelohmello

      Nomura specifically said though, “While Final Fantasy XV will have one climax, as a story, we plan to continue it further”. Which means it’s in all likelihood going to be the same as FF7 where there’s tons of spinoffs and prequels and a movie sequel or something. That’s just how high-profile titles like this work, they create the game, people become interested in it, then they release more of that thing because people will want more. Starting to make it now only means it comes out that much faster instead of waiting a couple years for the development to be done.

      • Göran Isacson

        But the thing is- I never complained about the speeds at which SEQUELS were released because I never really wanted same-world sequels, I wanted new Final Fantasy games. SE has not exactly wowed me with their same-world sequels in the past, so I see little reason to think this will buck the trend.

        • Kelohmello

          That’s fine for you and all, but there are alot of people that do want them. Again, in all likelihood, it’s not a direct sequel, but a spinoff title of some sort, and it being prepared now wouldn’t be impacting development of FFXV in any way considering that would be putting the cart before the horse when they don’t know how successful the game will be.

  • Brandon001

    You know, im feeling kind of off about the idea of sequels. Ive been waiting for this game for so long, with its massive world, and content, i want to have a 50-60 hour game that versus was going to be. After playing xeno saga, i dont like the idea of this, this is sounding like it could end up being 20-25 hours.

    • Anime10121

      No Final Fantasy’s or Kingdom Hearts game length has ever been 50-60 hours. The PSone games, even with all the sidequests, dont usually last that long. Now the Tales of, Xeno(anything), and LoH series are normal for those kinda lengths.

      This’ll be your standard Square JRPG and will be completed between 25 (lowest on PS2) and 45 hours (average PSone length), depending on play level and speed of play.

      • Firekitty

        I don’t know how people finish JRPGs this quickly. The shortest time I’ve ever beaten one in was 70hours, and that was FF7 way back when I was new to gaming and too dumb to find any of the extra stuff.

        Nowadays 100 hours is kinda short for a JRPG for me; I actually maxed out the timer in Xenosaga Episode One…Sure I COULD just speed through and beat the games in a fraction of the time, but if I’m enjoying something, why would I do that? And if I’m not enjoying it, or feel like I ‘just want to get it over with’, then I’d far rather move on to a game I DO like.

  • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

    lol, notice that all the female skin is really flawless and super smooth in that image above

    • Firekitty

      Yeah, all two of them.

      I guess they have make-up in Lucis!

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Apology accepted! Now to reschedule my anime, game, manga and event time!

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I guess after so many years of slow development they already made the script for a sequel

    • Kelohmello

      For games like this, that’s actually not uncommon. Script tends to be made wayyyyyyy before the game’s concrete design and everything is complete. Years ahead of time in some cases. Then there are revisions done throughout, but the main concept tends to be done already. That means there’s potentially enough time to write more, and writers write more in their downtime anyways because that’s what they do, they write. Final Fantasy XIII was the same way, there was so much written before and during development that they made two more games to use up all the assets and resources they created.

  • Pockystix

    As excited for this game as I am (look at me, excited for an FF game in like, 10yrs?) I’m still gonna nitpick the hell outta the sausage fest. lol

    I know this is Nomura we’re talking about, but usually mainline FF games aren’t as devoid of estrogen as his KH franchise is XD

  • $7573679

    “There are many of you who feel that Japanese developers have fallen
    behind those from the West in the current generation. I believe that
    this title will show you otherwise for the next generation.”

    Guess they kinda dropped the ball on FF XIII-3 already now didn’t they? :p

    • Kelohmello

      Lower budget. FF XIII-3 is just a thing to make cash back on previous failures. FFXV on the other hand is a major focus for them now.

      • $7573679

        I sure hope you are right!

  • enorka miho

    For those who love JRPG and would like to see them in the future.. Stop whining… We already have so little left that it is just so sad I weeped every time I think of it… If you do not like it.. Let it go.. But if you love the genre then stay strong.. It has been a hard time for the Japanese developers since the transition begun a decade ago.. They need out support!!

    Not to mention Nomura sensei is a very sincere guy who made the greatest JRPG of all time… KH:BBS is one of his best recent entries and I have great faith in him! Also, the KH teams are among the best ARPG developers as well.. So come on Nomura sensei!! I will stand by you regardless! No matter what, I will support you! Thank you for all your love and effort!!

    Lastly, something related to the article… Well, I was never once mad at you Nomura sensei… Not at all.. Because I believe you!

  • Tarlol

    If making direct sequels to their mothership titles is how SE plans to cut down on development time and costs, I’m fine with it – as long as the source material is good stuff. And this is looking like good stuff.

  • Gmoyajp

    XV-2 it’s becoming a habbit I guess.

  • Zacker

    I’m Hype for this game but hopefully the list below is added into this game!
    1- Multiplayer
    2- Option to choose english or japanese with english sub.
    3- summons *Leviathan looks amazing*
    4- World map

  • Juliano C

    I hope that S-E will develop more titles for next gen. If I’m not mistaken they have done only 5 titles for the current gen consoles (DQX, FFXIII, FXIII-2, FFXIII-3 and TLR)

    • saxophone15

      You’re forgetting FFXIV:ARR. There’s also Kingdom Hearts 3D (even though it’s for 3DS). If you include other titles developed during the same time-frame as this gen (but not actually on current-gen platforms), there’s also Type-0, Dissidia 012, etc. (I know some of these are for handhelds but they still take up development time and resources)

      • Juliano C

        Ops, my bad, forgot FFXIV, I´ve left handhelds out on purpose mostly because imo a company should show all their potential on consoles and it is not like last gen hadnt handhelds so only now they started using part of they resources on it

        • saxophone15

          Yeah, I figured you were leaving out handhelds on purpose.

        • Kchorrex

          Ironically, their handheld games were better received by the fans, because they were more about the gameplay than graphics. Now if they just localized Type-0… T_T

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Online making a game last longer? Says who? I’m playing Suikoden 2 every damn year. Zone of Enders 2nd Runner? Every 4-5 months I beat it over and over again on my good old ps2. If the game has good characters and atmosphere I’ll come back to it as often as I can.

    But yeah, I’ve never been excited for FF game in a LONG time. It feels… good… ^^

    • Guest

      I think he meant by the longevity of time people spend with the guy, and not necessarily by how long the single-player experience was. (Multiplayer usually has a long-going replayability factor to it if done right.)

    • Nanaki

      I think he meant by the longevity of time people spend with the game, and not necessarily by how long the single-player experience was. (Multiplayer usually has a long-going replayability factor to it if done right.)

  • Jake_Indiman

    Is it me, or has Nomura gained a bit of weight? He looks a bit more pudgy than other photos I have seen on him.

  • Robert Kupper

    I am alright with sequels and DLC if the game sits well by itself, and sequels are warranted, but oh how that usually isn’t the case. XIII was hardly a perfect game, but I enjoyed it, the plot and characters were probably be favorite aspect of it. XIII felt like a bad fanfic complete with bland self-insert Noel.

    Now when I think of FF-XIII I can’t help but remember XIII2 and the convoluted mess of a story. If XV has sequels, I hope they put a bit more effort into the story.

  • Bojan Njegomir

    SE definetly suprised me with FFXV and KH3! My support for SE games was always present even though i was aware that the quality of their games compared to PS&PS2 era drop down significantly and for the past few years i was anticipating and anticipating something really good and it never really came. Lately that anticipation turned to anger and iritation so this really came in the right time! No doubt that we have an exciting era in front of us with the games announced! Still, i kinda wonder, is SE finished with Turn-Based combat and moving completely action? Future will tell.

  • Courtney Levi Osborn

    PUMPED

  • artemisthemp

    I really hope they don’t put MP in FFXV, since that would sad

  • Kchorrex

    “There are many of you who feel that Japanese developers have fallen behind those from the West in the current generation. I believe that this title will show you otherwise for the next generation.”

    Ok, at least Squeenix has been doing its homework on online forums. That being said, the gameplay trailer was serious awesomesauce, if they deliver on this promise I’m more than sold.

  • AndyLC

    >>“Also, we’ve been exploring online compatibilities ever since the shift towards the next-generation hardware was decided.”

    If they have online play like PHANTASY STAR ONLINE, that would be really, really fun

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