While gamers here in the States are only just now getting to experience Square Enix’s latest Final Fantasy title, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, the developer has already turned its attention towards the future. They have two highly anticipated titles on the horizon, Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3; both of which have been given ” very high priority” status by Square Enix.
Yet, considering both titles were only just announced at last year’s E3, most figured that they were at least a few years away. But, as it turns out, at least one of the games might be closer than we thought.
Speaking with Video Gamer, Producer Yoshinori Kitase reveals that Final Fantasy 15 is “quite far in development.” He also adds that Final Fantasy 15 has been made a very high priority within Square Enix. It’s important to mention, though, that Kingdom Hearts 3 has not suffered as a result, both are likely filed under the very high priority category.
Thinking about it a little further, it makes sense that FF 15 would be further along in development than most expected. The title was originally developed as a Final Fantasy 13 spin-off titled Final Fantasy Versus 13 but, as interest waned in the FF 13 brand, Square seemingly transitioned Versus into an entirely new, numbered title.
“Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabulla Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series. So even though it’s not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they’re all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it’s moved on – obviously the title’s been changed to Final Fantasy XV – but that hasn’t actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point.”
That being said, Final Fantasy 15 still incorporates the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology from Final Fantasy 13 into its story. Detractors of Final Fantasy 13 shouldn’t get too worried, though, as Fabula Nova Crystallis supports a wide variety of narratives. Even a quick glance at the storylines in the three Final Fantasy 13 titles will tell you that.
It appears that rather than a full overhaul, Final Fantasy 15 has seen some slight tweaks on the road to release. One of the more noticeable tweaks is, of course, the new next-gen graphics, which you can see more of in the game’s announcement trailer.
In the most obvious sense, the new next-gen consoles allow for higher fidelity visuals, but they also give the developers at Square Enix the tools to make battles bigger and more dynamic. That doesn’t mean Final Fantasy 15 will offer such battles, but a future FF title might.
“We are quite aware of [PS4 & Xbox One’s] capabilities and certainly one thing that’s going to come up is having battles with a lot more participants involved. Having a lot more characters, a lot more things happening, that’s one of the things that the new hardware does really well, so to maybe make a battle system for a Final Fantasy game or a future game that fits with that, I think it would be quite good to have more characters for the player to control and more participants in the battle.”
As far as Final Fantasy 15 is concerned, we should hear more about the title very soon, especially if it is “far into development.” Perhaps we’re looking at a fall 2014 release?
Which do you want to see released first: Final Fantasy 15 or Kingdom Hearts 3? Is that even a legitimate question?
Final Fantasy 15 will be available on PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Video Gamer