Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has released in Japan, and in the recent issue of Famitsu, producer Ichiro Hazama and director Takeo Kujiraoka talked about things such as their favorite story moments, and how the game connects to the PSP titles.
Here are the highlights:
Famitsu: Would you like to explain the appeal of this game to people who have played the previous PSP titles?
Ichiro Hazama, producer: “Right! In the PSP version, there was this one plot point that remained unresolved. Like, wasn’t there someone we didn’t defeat? 10 years after the first game, DFFNT is here to solve that problem.
Takeo Kujiraoka, director: “To add onto that, the world in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series where characters meet is a fluctuating place, so something must be done in order to stabilize it into one world… This would be a synopsis of this game.”
Hazama: “That’s right. By beating the mastermind, the world will stop having its energy being drawn out, and all the battles up to this point will have been paid off, and a “new story” can be created from scratch. That’s the sort of title NT is.
Famitsu: Could you teach us your personal story highlights in this game?
Hazama: “The ending! The few minutes at the end. It starts to amp up along with the music in that scene, so it’s worth watching.”
Kujiraoka: “Mine would be Shantotto speaking to Ultimecia. Shantotto’s speaking scenes are all really interesting. Megumi Hayashibara’s acting was outstanding, and maybe the staff were working based off of this, because Shantotto’s face is really expressive. Her look and movements will probably garner her a lot of new fans, I think. Shantotto’s scenes are really fun.”
Famitsu: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT currently has 6 planned DLC characters. At what pace will they be released?
Hazama: “We will not add them directly after release. I believe that there will be many people playing Dissidia Final Fantasy for the first time, and I would like to watch and wait until that environment settles down a bit. The West is receiving the game later than Japan, so I will watch that as well. That is why it will come out a while after release, and we hope players will wait a bit.”
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is available in Japan on PlayStation 4. The game releases in North America and Europe on January 30, 2018. A demo is currently available to check out. You can read our playtest of the game here.