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Naoki Yoshida Wants Next Final Fantasy To Be More Fantasy, Have Less Machines, And No Mecha



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Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida had a lot to say about his MMO at the Paris Fan Festival, but he also shared some thoughts on what he’d personally like to see in the next Final Fantasy.


Here are a couple quotes from Naoki Yoshida who was asked some tough questions during the event:


Will Nobuo Uematsu-san compose the theme song for Shadowbringers?

Naoki Yoshida, Director & Producer: “To be frank, I can’t give you an answer. There’s definitely a reason. As you may be aware, Uematsu-san has been feeling a bit under the weather. He recently said that he’s gotten better, but we can’t just have him immediately start working after recovering, and there remains a very important job for him with Final Fantasy VII Remake, and as much as I’d love to ask him to compose if he’s in tiptop shape, the call is theirs to make.”


For the future of online in Final Fantasy, as a director, what kind of elements do you think Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy XVII should offer?

Naoki Yoshida: “Huh? Hmm, you guys are asking some tough questions [laughs]. That’s funny, I thought FanFests were supposed to be fun, but here we are with this super hard question [laughs]. First, if you’re asking whether the Final Fantasy series will get another MMO soon, I think the chances are unlikely so long as Final Fantasy XIV is doing well. On that note, personally speaking, I’d like to see a Final Fantasy that is straightforward fantasy, one that doesn’t have much machinery, and with no mecha in it. After all, we’re having trouble with the Garlean Empire being too powerful. Ah, okay, that was a bad joke [laughs].”


Final Fantasy XIV is available on PlayStation 4 and PC. In case you missed it, check our previous report for a look at the new Viera race and Gunrbreaker Job coming with the Shadowbringers expansion on July 2, 2019. The game is also getting a new 4-man Regalia mount from Final Fantasy XV’s upcoming collaboration.


[Image from Square Enix’s “Agni’s Philosophy” tech demo]

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