During the Lucca Comics & Games 2016 that was held in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Shinji Hashimoto, who is Square Enix‘s executive producer and Final Fantasy‘s brand manager shared a lot of things, generally about Final Fantasy series (courtesy of GamerClick).
The highlighted information shared by Hashimoto during the event are as follows:
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age — The game’s release date is yet to be decided and will be decided soon as its 10th anniversary is getting closer.
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue — There won’t be a “2.9” after Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, and it’ll go straight to Kingdom Hearts III after. Meanwhile, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep may sound short, but its duration will depend on how the player plays, and he believes it won’t be something that will be finished in no time.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake — Hashimoto didn’t bring any info to the event, but says they’re working hard on the game and asks fans to please wait a little longer for more. About the rumors online on the game releasing in 2017, he says that the company hasn’t announced anything yet, so those are just rumors for now.
- Final Fantasy X-3 — Hashimoto says Final Fantasy X/X-2’s HD Remaster sold well thanks to all the fans. As far as Final Fantasy X-3 goes, he acknowledges that fans have expectations after having been presented a bit of its plot in the audio drama. However, he says that there’s currently facing a wall that cannot be climbed—with director/character designer Tetsuya Nomura and producer/director Yoshinori Kitase both being occupied, they’re unable to work on Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III, and Final Fantasy X-3 all at the same time. Square Enix is focusing more on titles that have been announced for now, so he asks fans to wait a little longer [for anything on Final Fantasy X-3.]
- Final Fantasy XIII — After having released three titles for the Final Fantasy XIII series, Square Enix feels that its results were sufficient. If expectations for it were higher, they would have gone with different approaches to sell the game. He says that Lightning, especially, is still very popular, as we’ve seen with the Louis Vuitton collaboration and such, and Square Enix must think about how they’ll continue fostering her as a character.
- Final Fantasy XVI — It may be true that Final Fantasy XV has a modern aesthetic, but since we reassess the numbered releases of the Final Fantasy series from scratch, we don’t know if that will be the case for the next game. Sometimes the direction is changed on purpose based on the director, like when we went from Final Fantasy VIII to Final Fantasy IX. Since it’s based on the director’s way of thinking, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be an action RPG.
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