After almost a decade in development, Square Enix is supposedly almost ready to launch Final Fantasy XV. The publisher, developer, distributor powerhouse company built a name for itself on iconic JRGs, but in recent years production of games has slowed nearly to a halt. According to the company’s president, that is all about to change in the next year.
Final Fantasy XV has been in development for nearly eight years and we still don’t have a concrete release date (although early hype suggests it may be strong enough to knock a title off of our list of best Final Fantasy games), but in an interview with Nikkei Trendy, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda offered fans his assurance that they would be in a for a big year.
“For fiscal 2015, I think we have a considerable amount of high-end games both inside and outside the country… Starting with Final Fantasy XV we’ll be putting out news for Japanese RPGs. I think we’ll have a little surprise, too.”
When pushed for more substantial information on the upcoming surprise, Matsuda admitted it is, “a JPRG for home game machines.”
The president of Square Enix didn’t offer any other hints, so it’s near impossible to guess what the game will be at this point. It seems likely that if a sequel were in the works, and far enough into production to surprise us with soon, we would already know about it. So it does seem slightly more likely that the company is working on a new IP for the Xbox One and PS4.
Matsuda went on to talk about his confidence in the company’s business plan moving forward and explained that,”Japanese and Western Studios are both bolstering their lineups considerably, so it’d be wise to keep an eye on them.”
The president promised that the company would have a presence at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show and that the team is preparing all kinds of things for E3 2015. With bolstered lineups for the Japanese and Western studios, the company could have the potential to steal the show if it delivers an exciting enough surprise on stage.
The interview also touched on the studio’s dedication to eSports. Matsuda explained that the Nosgoth community continues to grow and with attention from pros the company hopes to watch it grow into a more hardcore eSports title.
What project would you like to hear Square Enix announce later this year? Would you prefer a new installment in an existing franchise or an original IP? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Nikkei Trendy