Eidos-developed Final Fantasy possible, says Lighting Returns director

"That's certainly been discussed within the company," says gameplay director Yuji Abe.

Square Enix has considered tapping Tomb Raider and Deus Ex developer Eidos to create an all-new Final Fantasy game, though no decisions have been made. Speaking with OXM, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gameplay director Yuji Abe said Square Enix is open to the idea, if the circumstances supported it.

"Obviously, Square Enix bought out Eidos a number of years ago, and now we have direct access to American development teams," 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," he continued.

Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama agreed.

"The whole thing about the Final Fantasy series is that for every iteration, for every game we do, we have a very different game," Toriyama said. "So the development team is also different every 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," he added. "So if we got the right team of people, it could produce something very interesting in the end."

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released in February 2014 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Want the latest news about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII?

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Discussion

223 comments
raziel2kain
raziel2kain

 wrong spelling in the title:  Lighting  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

correct it to Lightning!

leimonides
leimonides

There's a particular...abstract, ethereal aspect that can be found in Japanese produced games that just cannot be replicated by a western production team; for some games it runs a lot more strongly than others. I would especially hate to see this franchise loose this aspect; especially in the case for this franchise, it would absolutely decimate it; it would really be missing "that something"; more so than it already is, as some hard core, long-time fans believe (I am not taking sides on that issue).

Taking idea's and "ques" from western developers is one thing; as then they can take it and make it their own, but completely handing it over?

Devil May Cry was actually a good mix of Japanese flavor and western styles - but then they decided 'westernization' was just the most awesome thing ever and they completely decimated the touches and aspects that made Devil May Cry 'Devil May Cry'. I could only imagine what would happen if that same logic and action was applied to FF, which isn't in its DNA to have that kind of blend. Such an event (handing it off outside of the house) would be such a grand travesty; and I'm not even a die hard fan of the franchise.

Granted, these are two different companies, I do realise that. Maybe they (square) would have the sense to handle such a situation in a much smarter way.  I would have no faith or interest in a complete hand-off; maybe a collaboration, if done in a way that keeps "that something" unique to Japanese games, and yet plays well with a western influence... the possibility that it 'might have something' would be there.

If this 'hand off' does become a serious reality, I do hope it is handled very delicately, as it is alluded to in the article. 


Ultimately, maybe it would do them well to take a few years break from the franchise all together; re-makes and all; have sometime to rest and re-charge, then come back completely fresh.



InnerSenses
InnerSenses

It might be nice to give them a shot at a Final Fantasy game... just don't give them a main series title. Start 'em off slow with a spin-off or something.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm okay with that as long as no one ever mentions Lightning again. 

And did anyone else catch the spelling error in the title? ROFL 

AMG
AMG

I miss SquareSoft.

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

As long as they keep Amano and Uematsu, I'm okay with the idea.

bndori
bndori

 Yeah milk the hell out of Final Fantasy until it becomes garbage. It is already losing it's fans.

Chatch09
Chatch09

What this means is they will be fun to play but I wouldn't expect much from the plot...

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

that might be a good idea, it could give the series new life

berserks
berserks

Just want another turn base FF game ( like ff 1-10 n ) , don t care if it got ps1 HD  graphics .


They can still make lots of money with turn base FF game if they stop thinking every ff game need to cost a crazy amount of money to make . Hell , make it a psn game for all i care .

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

So, it's going to be a full on action combat system then?

I'd like an FF game from the old Enix.

GreekTheGeek
GreekTheGeek

Eidos is an outstanding company making solid games this gen with tomb raider reboot Deus ex human revolution and Hitman may be a different perpesctive will bring final fantasy to the next gen with better success than final fantasy Xiii still it feels weird to day that eidos may be making a final fantasy game

killedbylover
killedbylover

Eidos is great and I really enjoyed their games a lot. But I don't think it's a good idea to let them make an FF game. 

An FF game from Eidos... just makes me feel strange.

Why not let them make a new Parasite Eve game, it's more like Eidos' style.

raddys2001
raddys2001

why not eidos has actually done great with their titles and square soft hasn't exactly been great last generation.  the only thing is that they would have to probably cut the mega violence.  i don't know how ff fans would react to an ultra violent ff tomb raider though great had very gory moments

franzito
franzito

I somehow feel sad about this. How could they pass their master creation to another dev? I guess money always talks louder...

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

How about you guys finish 15 first before worrying about other future titles. We've been waiting for years already. >_<

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Tomb Raider and Deus Ex are two of my favorite games of all-time, so I think Square would be making a wise decision. 

sakaixx
sakaixx

must be FF crystal chronicles crap . . well at least my life as a king was good !

Ra-Maxima
Ra-Maxima

now FF will go down when Eidos take it 

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

Let Eidoes have a shot at it.  All SE has done with FF is turn it into some wannabe crouching tiger crap.  It's not that hard to make something slightly similar to FF10! Cmon SE breaking my balls here.

NotCeo
NotCeo

Quick, who can name the last great console game Square-Enix released that wasn't made by a western studio?

Maybe this isn't such a bad idea.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Just more proof that SE doesn't know what to do with the FF franchise. FFXV (Versus XIII) is the last hope for me... If they manage to ruin it, then I'll just pretend Final Fantasy ended on the PS2.

BFKZ
BFKZ

I honestly would buy any FF Remake, not just FF7. There is not one Final Fantasy that I did not enjoy from the beginning till the end. 

dickieg
dickieg

I just want a FF7 remake, is that too much to ask?  After that game all other FF games just didnt do it for me anymore


Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

@soulless4now Yoshi P. isn't gonna let them drop the ball on Final Fantasy now that he's in charge of quality control, ever again, hopefully.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@bndori It just has new fans sadly, I think the majority of fans left after 10. Final Fantasy died for me a looong time ago.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

@JBStone1981 I like chocolate and I also like steak. That doesn't mean that combining the two is the logical progression.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

You took the words right out of my mouth. *Cough* word thief *cough*

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@BFKZ They've remade FF4 like 5 times now.  Buy those.  I'm sick of remakes.  Make new games, not remakes.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

@Chatch09 No, I mean Enix, who was a separate company from Squaresoft, who released their own unique games.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@franzito @TenraiSenshi 15 looks a lot like Kingdom Hearts gameplay wise and i love the Kingdom Hearts game style so i'm really looking forward to 15

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@franzito @TenraiSenshi I don't see why not. Just because we see one or two bad games in an otherwise great series doesn't mean we need to adopt an apocalyptic "doom and gloom" attitude towards any potential future entries.

I'll make my decisions about 15 when it's out and not before.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@rawkstar007 @JBStone1981 Actually, steak and chocolate does work together if done properly. You can find hundreds of proven recipes online involving that combination that people love.

Sometimes, thinking outside the box leads to interesting results. It's not just about logic, it's about daring to try something new and finding out that it's actually great.

franzito
franzito

@rawkstar007 ust being silly but have you ever tried steak with bitter chocolate sauce? Not that I have but... just imagine the flavor mess this would be..

nedrith
nedrith

@Thanatos2k @BFKZ Can't agree more, Even FF12:ZJS I wouldn't want remade even though ZJS changed a lot of the game and most english speaking people probably haven't played it.


Stop wasting times remaking games and just keep making new games.  For those who want remakes get a emulator and use it.  Most support enough upscaling that a HD remake won't make that much of a difference.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@MajinSquall Well it is made by the original KH team so that's why I'm looking forward to it as well. =P

franzito
franzito

@TenraiSenshi Do as you please but "FF magic" pretty much faded. They can try and try harder that they won't match FF past titles. Call me nostalgic, traditional, old fashioned. When it comes to FF, I am this and much more.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@zedetach @TenraiSenshi It would be an experiment, certainly, so the results could either be catastrophic, or something truly great might be born from it. The only way to tell is for Square to take a leap of faith. Lol.

The only question now is, can they afford to take a leap of faith at this point?

zedetach
zedetach

@TenraiSenshi you do have a point but I don't think relegating such a big game (both in name and scope) to a team that has hardly the experience in making such games (over the top RPGs) would be a good idea. Instead, a collaboration between square's finest and eidos or any other AAA western studio would be a more ideal approach. That way we'd get the best of both worlds. What I would like to see is a more western influenced storytelling with pretty much everything else remaining japanese.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@sakaixx @nedrith @Thanatos2k @BFKZ It's the "best FF" but you still want a remake?  Go play it again.

Just because a game gets remade doesn't mean it'll be better.  We have PLENTY of examples of that.