Let’s be honest here. Final Fantasy games haven’t been breaking new ground for quite a few years now. Honestly, the series has evolved to a state where it spends more time huffing the farts of past successes, instead of evolving the series to the next level. It’s time for a change. Could Eidos possibly summon up a development GF to revamp Final Fantasy?
According to Square Enix via OXM, the publisher is certainly open to the idea of allowing someone else handling development duties on their signature franchise. "Obviously, Square Enix bought out Eidos a number of years ago, and now we have direct access to American development teams," Lightning Returns gameplay director Yuji Abe said.
That’s certainly been discussed within the company, the possibility of say, Eidos or maybe someone else to look after or maybe take on the Final Fantasy series.
And we obviously haven’t decided anything concrete, but if we find the right team of developers, the right people who really wanted to do it, and we had the right game, then yes, certainly we’d think about it.
"The whole thing about the Final Fantasy series is that for every iteration, for every game we do, we have a very different game," Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama added.
So the development team is also different very time, so that there’s different ideas and different concepts driving it.
So obviously within that framework, having a very different type of team could work. So if we got the right team of people, it could produce something very interesting in the end.
While I’ll admit that Final Fantasy 15 has my attention right now, I’d love to see a studio from the west put their own spin on a Final Fantasy game. And Eidos is one such company that certainly knows how to mix the best of older franchises with more contemparary ideas.
They made a fantastic Deus Ex game this generation, and the Thief reboot doesn’t look bad at all. And a game free of the glut and bloated Japanese development ideas could be just what the doctor ordered.
Last Updated: October 29, 2013