Final Fantasy XV could determine the future of PlayStation

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The PlayStation 4 has done gangbuster numbers around most of the world since it launched. One place where it’s struggling? Japan, surprisingly. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t exactly have a home field advantage, with sales being lacklustre so far. One game that could determine the future of the PlayStation 4 however, is Final Fantasy XV.

Speaking to Kotaku, Final Fantasy XV co-director Hajime Tabata believes that the game could make or break the Sony platform in Japan, as most residents have a thing for handheld devices and mobile games now. It used to be common for a Japanese gamer to spend hours upon hours in front of a television playing games such as these, but that’s becoming a rare occurences as of late.

“It’s pretty unique to Japan, where everyone is transporting – they have long train rides and bus rides to work, they have time to play handheld devices, or they’re spending more time in their own rooms vs. spending more time in the living room,” Tabata explained.

So in terms of whether console games will be received moving forward, it’s not to say that I don’t have any concerns at all, but I believe that it’ll really depend on how Final Fantasy XV does. Because I really want more people to enjoy games in the living room, on a big screen. If Final Fantasy XV doesn’t do well, perhaps there’s not much of a future for console games. It kind of really depends on how that goes.

Final Fantasy XV has had a hellaciously long development cycle. It originally started life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006, before it got retooled and eventually re-revealed as Final Fantasy XV last year, the latest chapter in that Fabula Nova Crystallis saga nonsense. Still, despite having more crystals than a homeopathic hospital, the game looks rock-solid, like a blend of Kingdom Hearts, series staples and some Crisis Core thrown in for good measure.

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This isn’t the first time that a Final Fantasy game has been in a make or break situation either. The very first game in the franchise was meant to be a swansong for Square in 1987, hence the Final Fantasy title, but it went on to be a massive success insted. Fast forward to 1997, and once again Square was betting everything they had on Final Fantasy VII, which was a radical departure for the series and had millions sunk into it.

And now we’re in a similar position, but one where a game can help a console finally flourish. How the times have changed.

Last Updated: September 9, 2014

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    LOL @ “more crystals than a homeopathic hospital”

    It could be the worst game ever & you’d still get a better result from playing it.

    • Kromas of City17

      It would be hard pressed to beat either ET or Daikatana for that title.

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      • rollingmol

        First thing buy a new keyboard ..

  • The Adventures of JJ

    I’m actually very curious about this. I won’t have a PS4 to play it on, but I’ll view in the display booths at entertainment stores for my own amusement.

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    So where is the game though? Nothing at E3, nothing at TGS….Probably gonna be Nomura making a last minute video to show fans at the very last minute of the show. And alas, I’ll eat it up, man, I’ll f***ing eat it up with a spoon. Fans will eat it up. I personally don’t believe its gonna be a bad game at all, but keeping fans in the dark is seriously hurting the game…But hey we get Type-0 HD right?…Thats sure to plug up the holes in the fan’s mouths…Sigh………..SE still has that grip on my naat

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      JRPG 11/10! 😉

      • The Adventures of JJ

        Can we put a “J” in front of everything and make it a Japanese style?

        • Mossel

          JJJ

          • The Adventures of JJ

            Hell yea.

          • Mossel

            JMossel. lol it sounds like someone is calling me.

          • The Adventures of JJ

            Hahahaha

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Now imagine how JJ feels.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’d play a JFPS. You just need an emo teenager with a gigantic gun who can shoot better than any person alive except the grizzled old bad guy with an eye patch & he has to shout plew plew every time you pull the trigger.

          • The Adventures of JJ

            Wow. Should I even ask about a JRTS?

          • WarframedSquirrel

            Imagine a JMMO…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You’ll control one unit, an emo teenager with whatever gigantic weapon is appropriate to the setting who can fight better than anyone alive who’ll take on hordes of cannon fodder until you eventually get to a large unit that kicks your ass. Then you respawn at your base, upgrade your weapon & go do it all again until you defeat him.

          • The Adventures of JJ

            I’m sensing a trend here.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t know what you mean. :/

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Well its better than an overly melancholic middle aged man with a thick neck?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well of course, who wants to play a game as the emo teenagers gruff mentor/sidekick.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            LOOOOOOL This is funny , seriously, because the teen protag ALWAYS…ALWAYS has a gruff older sidekick

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Lololol You just summarized 80 % of modern JRPGS….Also…STUFF YOU MAAAAAAHHN!

          • The Adventures of JJ

            You forgot about the short 5 second victory song that plays every time you kill someone.

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        Perfect scores.. Biowho? Betheswhat? WRPGs SUUUURRRRRCCCCK!!!!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          KILL HIM WITH A SILVER SWORD!

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            KILL HIM WITH AN OVERSIZED SWORD THAT IS LARGER THAN A HIPPO!!!

          • The Adventures of JJ

            Now we’re talking

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            YOUR HIPPO SWORD STYLE CAN NOT DEFEAT MY INVULNERABLE ARMOUR OF CYNICISM! KNEEL BEFORE ME OR I WILL DESTROY YOU!

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            GO READ A TOME. YOU HAVE NOT SPENT ENOUGH SKILL POINTS ON YOUR CYNICISM TREE. YOUR POWER IS WEAK BEFORE MY BRIGHT, FLASHY AN RIDICULOUSLY NAMED MAGIC SPELLS!!! COME FORTH, SUPER NOVA MAGIC ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION BEAM OF HOLY LIGHT!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            MY ONLY WEAKNESS! HOW DID YOU UNCOVER IT! I AM DYING! STILL DYING! ALMOST DEAD! ANY MINUTE NOW! JUST NEED TO FINISH MONOLOGUING! WON’T BE A MINUTE – PROBABLY CLOSER TO AN HOUR! ….STILL BUSY DON’T RUSH ME I’M DYING HERE! …WAIT I’M GETTING BETTER! NO, NO I’M NOT, STILL DYING! THIS IS MY LAST BREATH I WON’T WASTE IT TALKING ABOUT UNIMPORTANT THINGS LIKE CHICKEN SANDWICHES AND MILK! I LOVE CHICKEN SANDWICHES AND MILK! BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT BEFORE YOU KILLED ME AND IF YOU HAD WOULD IT HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE? WE’RE NOT SO DIFFERENT YOU AND I! I AM YOUR FATHER! *cue 2 hour cut scene*

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            GWAHAHAHA!! *bows* Well done, I really didn’t know you like chicken sammies

          • rollingmol

            Meanwhile in the meadows of countryside I’m trying to breed chocobos trying to find the right colored one to roam the country side.

      • Hammersteyn

        IGN 3/10, reviewed by a guy who has never played a RPG

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          lol also true

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Polygon 2/10, reviewed by a master-click-baiter

    • The Adventures of JJ

      After FF 12 life has been hard on me, but I really do believe that this one is going to bring that spark back to the Final Fantasy games.

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        Same here, I have the very same conviction!….Its looking to finally take the story in a more modern and mature way. No more annoying Vanille or children. Seems more like 12’s setting and story, and you know what, thats good…Thats F***** good

    • Hammersteyn

      I feel the same.

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        Lol you know you’ll eat 15 up…
        We fans be like….
        “F U SQUARE !! F***** SELLOUTS!!!! JOU MA SE SEPHIROTH!!”
        XV releases
        “I love you Square! Oh Square you’re best. Who’s the best? Huh huh? Yes you’re the best!”

        • Hammersteyn

          True, very very true.

          • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

            Not All the Bravest though F that game

    • Hammersteyn

      Also KH3 anyone? Anything?

      • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

        Lol I give up, honestly

  • WarframedSquirrel

    Final Fantasy 15 is like the 60th game in the series… that’s including all the games for all platforms (including mobile)… HORY SHEET!

    • Hammersteyn

      And Lightning has been in half of them.

      • WarframedSquirrel

        To be honest, I wouldn’t know… FF is one series of games that has never gotten my attention for some reason, I haven’t played any of them.

  • Hammersteyn

    Maybe Japan is more interested in the XBOX One *snickers*

  • The Adventures of JJ

    I only wish I was going as gracefully grey as that header.

    • WarframedSquirrel

      That’s not going grey, that’s being produced grey… there’s a difference.

      • The Adventures of JJ

        Well, I look like the Silver Surfer sneezed on my head.

    • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

      It’s more silver to me…Noctis still looks effing cool. Looks the coolest imo. Sleek clothing and nothing excessive about his attire

  • Joe Ballbag

    This game has literally got to be better than The Matrix when it’s released or there are going to be riots all over the world.

  • CypherGate

    Japan is over waiting on games like these. The development time on these kinds of games are so long by the time its released the next generation of consoles will have arrived and then they will repeat the process and re-tool it again lol

  • Ottokie

    Very true that Final Fantasy will decide if I buy the PS4 or not, but I am not going to preorder anything just in case Lightning strikes…twice

  • J_Joestar

    more excited for explorers than this at this point…

  • Aaron K Stone

    Anyone can make something LOOK rock-solid. Hell Square Enix is a master of that.

  • Jackie

    I still am looking forward to final fantasy xv but not as much anymore i just dont know… im not making any assumtions that it will be the greatest game ever. i will just see how this plays out…

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