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