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Could We See an Eidos-Made Final Fantasy?

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Posted October 30, 2013 by Kat in News
Lightning Returns

Could a new Final Fantasy developed by a studio other than Square Enix be in the future of the franchise?  While no absolutes have been made in the discussion, the speculation has certainly begun, what with hints given of the possibility of handing the franchise over to a developer like Eidos.  In addition to them now having been purchased by Square Enix, they could also add some western sensibilities to the franchise – an idea many fans might welcome to the long-running series.

In discussing the possibility, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gameplay director Yuji Abe said, “Obviously, Square Enix bought out Eidos a number of years ago, and now we have direct access to American development teams.  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 who really wanted to do it, and we had the right game, then yes, certainly we’d think about it.”  So while not obviously the only option, the benefits to Eidos come both from its current ownership with Square Enix, along with its history in developing games like the Deus Ex series.

Another benefit to handing off the Final Fantasy franchise also comes from the self-contained nature of each entry (direct sequels aside).  As Lightning Returns director commented, “The whole thing about the Final Fantasy series is that for every iteration, for every game we do, we have a very different game. So the development team is also different every time, so that there’s different ideas and different concepts driving it. 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.”

Such decisions may also come in part from the success of Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XV, not to mention the longevity of MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.  If nothing else, such a changeover could potentially add a fresh perspective to the series, even if only to a single entry.

In the meantime, Lightning Returns is due for release in Japan next month, and everywhere else next February.  All reports of early screenings so far have been overwhelmingly positive.

Source: Destructoid, Xbox Magazine

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Kat

Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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