At the CEDEC conference in Yokohama, Square Enix announced their Japan studio and an American developer on the West coast are collaborating on an upcoming game. Yosuke Shiokawa who was the director on Dissidia: Final Fantasy is the creative director on the unannounced title. Yuki Matsuzawa is the concept artist.
While Square Enix didn’t reveal any details, a slide outlines the project’s parameters. Translated bullet points are below.
- Unpublished new large scale project
- Japan-America development collaboration
- Worldwide development
- Intended for core gamers
- Metacritic score over 90
- AAA game
During the talk differences between the East and West were discussed. At first, Shiokawa thought Western gamers wanted realistic characters and a macho guy for an action game. To his surprise, the team thought those characters looked dull and uninteresting. Shiokawa changed his train of thought from fantasy vs. realistic to “believable” characters.