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Square Assembles Final Fantasy Committee To Police Franchise Quality

Jonathan Lester
Final Fantasy, Square Enix

Square Assembles Final Fantasy Committee To Police Franchise Quality

Well, It Couldn't Hurt

Square Enix have reportedly put together an all-star team to oversee the quality of future Final Fantasy games, likely in reaction to the somewhat shaky reception of Final Fantasy XIII. Not to mention a rash of terrible mobile spin-offs.

Japanese Final Fantasy fansite FF-Reunion broke the news, translated courtesy of Siliconera. Square's brain trust includes Yoshinori Kitase (FFVI, FFVII, FFVIII and FFX director), Hajime Tabata (FF Type-0, Crisis Core and Before Crisis) and Motomu Toriyama (FFXIII, FFXIII-2, Lightning Returns: FFXIII and FFX/X-2 HD remaster). Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida also joins the committee, which is an clear vote of confidence in both his ability and the newly-launched MMORPG, which has finally got over the bulk of its ruinous teething troubles.

As you'd expect, Tetsuya Nomura is far too busy developing Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III to make time for this, though of course its primarily his games they'll be scrutinising after Lightning Returns hits shelves. Several other veterans who worked on the older games also apparently didn't make the cut, which has raised a few eyebrows amongst more seasoned fans.

Has the Final Fantasy franchise been going downhill in your estimation - and how would you see it improved?

Also, I'll be glad if I never see another Roman numeral again. Sorry! - Jon

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Breadster  Oct. 18, 2013 at 16:57

Yes it has been going downhill. It could probably be improved if they stopped trying to make them so action orientated.

I almost don't want them to remake FF7 any more because I'm afraid they'd just have to mess with it in some way and ruin it.

Zeipher  Oct. 18, 2013 at 17:41

The last decent FF was 10 in my opinion. I like turned based combat, so I can plan things out in advance. I remember sitting for a good few minutes on 10 before, planning out my next moves and anticipating theirs. It was a lot of fun when it all came together. A lot better than pressing x repeatedly.

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