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.