Tetsuya Nomura blew our minds at E3 by revealing Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. The former was previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII and was a highly anticipated game for many years. It was believed to ‘save’ Final Fantasy and try to bring it back to it’s roots. Even though it’s name has been changed, it seems like Final Fantasy XV will still be doing this… or attempting to, anyway.
Nomura said, when interviewed by FinalFantasyWorld at Japan Expo, “Yes, I probably mentioned the old school Final Fantasy feeling [when talking about] FFXV. If you see the trailer you might actually think it’s very action based – especially compared to the previous FFs. We wanted to create like an action-based FF this time because we wanted to create a dynamic feeling between the story and the game itself. Of course, we are going to put many FF elements into it, because otherwise there is no point calling Final Fantasy XV. Naturally, we still think we should have some old school FF feeling to the game.”
Almost all elements of Final Fantasy Versus XIII are being carried on to Final Fantasy XV, including real-time playable cutscenes. “Yeah, I would like to achieve that as much as I can,” said Nomura. “Our goal is to ensure that the player never actually stops playing. This is the reason behind it and it will be great if we can achieve that.”
Back when it was known as Versus XIII, the game was confirmed to have a very large world map, vehicles including Airships and a very dark story. If XV still has that, then it might just fulfill it’s promise of using a Phoenix Down on the Final Fantasy series. Although Nobuo Uematsu won’t be returning for this, hence depriving us of fantastic music, Yoko Shimomura sure does have talent and can bring us good music. It might not be as good as Uematsu-san’s work, but she is the series’ best bet right now.
Nomura is assisted by Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0 director, Hajime Tabata. “He’s been doing a great job already,” explained Nomura. “Meeting with the team on a daily basis to discuss development and everything – he is extremely passionate about this project.”
Final Fantasy XV is expected to arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at an unannounced date.