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Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata Likes The PlayStation Vita


Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata, who has directed PSP games like Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, and The 3rd Birthday, bagged a Gold Award for Type-0 at the PlayStation Awards last year. Following his award, Tabata was interviewed by Sony, and asked for his opinion of the PlayStation Vita.


Tabata replied that, while he’s fond of the Vita, he doesn’t have anything to announce for the device at present. However, he would like to work on it at some point. Here’s his exact quote:


The first impression [of the Vita] I remember having was, “Wow, the screen really is bigger, and so pretty.” The feel of the touch screen is also good, and I feel that it is an excellent piece of hardware. I’ve always been creating Final Fantasy titles for the PSP, so I personally have an interest in a bigger device at the moment, but also, as one who creates games, the PSV is also the only hardware that can show such HQ graphics on a screen of that size with such high density and brightness.


In this sense, it is very enticing. In the past, we created [Final Fantasy] Type-0 with the intention of completely investing a full-scale FF game on a portable console, so although I can’t say anything about the present, if there is a chance I would definitely love to create a game for the PSV.


Before you get your hopes up, note that Tabata didn’t mention Type-0 out of the blue. He’s being credited for his work on Type-0, and he’s specifically asked about the game several times throughout the interview.


Tabata also made similar comments about the Nintendo 3DS in late 2010. At the time, he casually mentioned the idea of a Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII remake for the 3DS, which would focus on fast-paced multiplayer action. Again, this game is by no means confirmed to be in development either.