Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata has revealed that the game will retain its Japanese theme song, “ZERO,” by Bump of Chicken, in the West.
Speaking with Square Enix Europe staff, Tabata confirmed that the song—which supposedly ties heavily into the game—will remain in the English version, and will have subtitled lyrics so that fans can tell what it means.
“It’s a really good song and we thought it’d be best to keep the original appeal and impact of it for the fans,” said Tabata. “We discussed it with Bump of Chicken and the final verdict is that we’re going to keep the original Japanese version as it is, included in the European version too.”
“That’s what all the members of Bump of Chicken agreed on so that’s what we decided to do. Obviously there will be subtitles for the lyrics of the song so you can understand its meaning.”
Tabata also says he’d like to continue the Type series of games if this first one is successful, and points out that Square Enix have already filed trademarks for more games under the “Type” brand.
“I would like to make more Type games and make them into a Final Fantasy series. We’ve registered trademarks for it, we’ve gone that far so we want to continue it,” Tabata said. “I’d like to make the Type series the kind of series where we can do the kind of stuff that we really can’t do in the mainline numbered series, so make it a really alternative kind of Final Fantasy.”
What kind of things would Tabata like to do? Well, in an interview with Siliconera earlier this year, he told us all about how he’s fond of history and would like to implement that fondness in a future Final Fantasy game—particularly history surrounding the American Civil War. Perhaps he’ll get the chance to do that someday.