Square Enix will reveal the 'Future of Final Fantasy' on June 11

The future of the long-running Final Fantasy series will be revealed by Square Enix during a pre-E3 event; senior vice president Shinji Hashimoto will be present.

Developer and publisher Square Enix has announced that it will reveal the future of the Final Fantasy series on June 11, Destructoid has reported.

In an invitation sent to media, the company announced plans for a Final Fantasy event to be hosted on the morning of June 11, simply labelled with "The Future of Final Fantasy."

Following the presentation, senior vice-president and Final Fantasy brand director Shinji Hashimoto will be present for a Q&A session with media.

Earlier this year, Hashimoto announced a new Final Fantasy game in development for the PlayStation 4. He did not share any details about the game, but told fans to "please be excited for E3 this year."

The company also showcased its Luminous Studio engine on a technology demo titled "Agni's Philosophy."

Speaking about the demo, Hashimoto said it resembles what the developer is hoping to create in the next generation of games.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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323 comments
kogafox
kogafox

In regards to FFXV--Action provides more fluidity and smoothness. Im good here. The story seems like it's there. The graphics are obvious. Can't wait. As long as ff stays true to its unique lore, it's a ff game. Evolution to battle systems has happened in each game. Not sure how this has eluded the few. It's been far too long since the last TB ff game to announce mutiny for SE; over a decade for those that were curious (FFXI just hit 11 years, the first nonTB).

RPG_Geek107
RPG_Geek107

XIII isn't that bad guys. Play the game before you judge it people. And XV, most of you criticize SE as if you can do their job better. Just wait till the games come out THEN you can talk your bullshit 

RPG_Geek107
RPG_Geek107

I don't get you people, you criticize Square Enix about the games they make as if you could do better. I for one actually enjoyed XII, obviously my favorite will always be FFX but still XII was quite cool. Lightning returns is gonna be amazing as well and you shouldn't judge it if you haven't played it and FFXV as well.

KurtD0g
KurtD0g

Where can one watch the "Future of Final Fantasy" press conference?  Is it watchable online or is it just a press only thing? 

Eliaseen
Eliaseen

please !! final fantasy xv is old , SE give us a new final fantasy , not the versus , 

VenPlayer
VenPlayer

Why don't they stop Lightning Returns and focus on FFXV? I didn't expect Lightning to return in the first place. FFXIII was enough...

Liquid-San
Liquid-San

Hey, at what time does it start? I've been trying to find the time everywhere but I still can't find it.

Nyc-WiLL
Nyc-WiLL

I hope is nothing like FF13 - FF13-2 <~~ PURE GARBAGE

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Didn't I tell everyeon??? Didn't I say Versus (now FFXV) was coming out on the PS4??? Yeah, I said :)

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

Great to see Versus finally come out of the dark. It's unfortunate that it will be PS4 only, but I suppose Suqares ambitions for the game would have been hampered on the PS3 hardware so it's for the best. 

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

lol I would have been excited either way! This is fantastic!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

After the last few Final Fantasy games, I find it very hard to get excited about this. Unless it's Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Now THAT I cared about.

MagneticFusion
MagneticFusion

Future direction of Final Fantasy on June 11th? WOO-HOO! :)

I really liked FF XIII and XIII-2 even though they are way off from the OG Final Fantasy games and far from perfect (awesome combat though). I will get Lightning Returns as I think it looks fantastic! The JRPG selection is dwindling these days so I'm supporting Square Enix with every Final Fantasy game they create in the traditional series (not any Crystal Chronicle stuff, LOL!). 


While FF XIII/XIII-2 weren't perfect, they were damn original during this last generation.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

What Square Enix really needs to do is to stop using the Final Fantasy title on XIII, its just not a Final Fantasy anymore. Name it something else, because they used the title Final Fantasy, I was hoping for extraordinary world exploration by implementing XII exploration, but no we get a freakin linear game where there is only one road to go. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

It looks even worse than the horrible 13-2 ... :(

Robstar360
Robstar360

Honestly, I would like if the company starts to go under, because SE already said, they don't ever plan to remake FF7 unless they can't do any better with a new installment... So I hope they fail! lol

BigDawgSteve420
BigDawgSteve420

I'd like a new FF game as long as it stays PS4 ONLY.  Branching out to all consoles they really lose their way.

TirOrah
TirOrah

I'd like a new FF game. I just really want their story writing to go back down to Earth. Just a tinyyy bit. Yeah, I know it's a JRPG, and grand, epic storytelling is kind of a thing, but you can do that and still get some quality writing in that doesn't seem completely overwrought with symbolism. I didn't actually have any issues with FF13, but I think Square needs to look very carefully at what they've been doing and what they ~could~ do. 

Personally I also preferred the less technology-heavy atmosphere of earlier FF's, although FF6 is still my favorite and that is kind of steampunk... But yeah. That would be fantastic. I want this to do so well! *cries*

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

The future of FF? I know what it is:

- Get Hironobu Sakaguchi back to writing and directing

- Get Nobuo Uematsu back on the score

- Get Yoshitaka Amano back on the character and world design

And while you're at it, get every Squeenix staff to play SNES and PS1-2 FFs (and Chrono Trigger), over and over until they get the clear picture.

Zxar07
Zxar07

Sounds like Versus, I do remember Wada calling Versus that one time, hopefully it is.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Lets see some news on Type-0 and Versus

SE I would gladly buy Type-0 again if you were to localize it 

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

I really think the last game I can remember that really hit that JRPG adventure RPG feel was Lost Odyssey, and that wasn't even a Squeenix product (though, Nobuo Uematsu did the musical score, which was phenomenal). It took a varied enough approach to keep fresh ('ring' combat, accessories showing up on characters in cut scenes, dreams/memories [which were a fantastic part of the plot]) and a unique sense of character and humanization). 

The last FF game that I played that actually felt like an FF game was probably X. 

FF:XI was great, and hopefully XIV:RR will prove to right the wrongs that were evident at launch.

All in all, it's been way too damned long. Please give us a quality title. We have been waiting for so long. 

Apastron
Apastron

Please let it be a noble death.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

I enjoyed XIII and XIII-2 but I'm not sure what I'll think about 15 (assuming this is 15).  I used to like that slow, monotonous, menu driven combat but all I want to do now is jump in a switch paradigms and let the computer handle picking the painfully obvious stuff.

DandyFauzan
DandyFauzan

my little brother was dead before he even play FF versus 13,he's a big fan of this series and yet..

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

Knowing them how I do, they`ll probably release the same old trailer and say -look forward to TGS-

Talavaj
Talavaj

How about FFXIII Versus release date or go and die ?

Halloll
Halloll

the future of Final Fantasy: FFXV for iOS.

Iranazi
Iranazi

@KurtD0g My thoughts exactly, I'd like to watch this if possible

TripSolidBounty
TripSolidBounty

@Eliaseen Don't take this for granted buddy. XV's gonna be the last installment in the main franchise. It's not like we need anymore new ones anyway since we already have FFVII.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@Nyc-WiLL 

They were all Garbage after FFX as far as battle  system go Till SQE goes back to RPG roots I done with FF series. I got FFXIII and regretted it the FIRST FF game I ever REGRETTED getting I hated FF8 Draw system  but I would rather have that system over this trash they been using since FFXII

brinxster
brinxster

@Nyc-WiLL I'm glad they dropped 13 from it's title, I don't want it to be anything like 13. I tried, very painstakingly to play FF13 and just couldn't enjoy it at all. The story was uninspiring the gameplay was dreadfully boring and repetitive. And I just didn't like the characters. 

The graphics were nice though, but graphics alone can't make a game great.

It's upsetting that so many people have been waiting for FF15 to be made while they wasted years on several FF13&14 games which were all flops. There really wasn't anything special about FF13 and certainly didn't warrant 2 more follow ups to it. 

I really hope FF15 is something great that will save the FF series.

brinxster
brinxster

@SavoyPrime Agree... I just hope we can forget about FF13&14 like a bad dream and move forward onto something, hopefully much better. 

brinxster
brinxster

@MagneticFusion Really? I think the combat & story & characters was the worst part of the game. The graphics were awesome though, but that alone couldn't keep me interested in it.

michaelsgreat
michaelsgreat

@TirOrah  

FFVI was my fave too. It had the best characters and the story wasn't too (at least not compared to their other games) convoluted.

jcr8
jcr8

@Dieknochenblume Not gonna happen. Know why? Because that would actually MAKE SENSE. And we can´t have that, can we. Not when it´s far cheaper to simply use our shallow, angry looking heroine to milk the franchise name that the above mentioned people spent over a decade of hard work establishing. 

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@Dieknochenblume yeah right now it feels like they are just concentrating on graphics rather than gameplay

brinxster
brinxster

@BlueRaptor7 FFX was pretty good, it still was a decent turn based RPG, although it was less customizable than previous FF games, it had a great story and likable characters and eventually became open world as well which was good. I wouldn't mind seeing them return to a FFX-like gameplay. Although I think with FFXV we're going to see a Kingdom Hearts style gameplay... which is good to as long as it's fun. But someday I do hope they make a great turn based RPG like FFX and FF7, etc.. Although I'm not holding my breath for that to happen.

MagneticFusion
MagneticFusion

@brinxster It seems that a lot of people didn't like it. I loved XIII and XIII-2. The combat was an intelligent upgrade/A.I. streamlining of the monotonous menu selecting (even though it was still monotonous menu selecting.)

I love all crazy, campy Japanese stories. LOL So FF XIII and XIII-2 fit the bill very nicely.

Looks like FF XV will have real-time combat so I guess the days of FF combat via selection menus are over. Too bad.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@M3o5nster @Senor_Kami yeah, our generation is more on grinding, and going through all the tactics on how to beat an enemy. Its fine for those that just want to play the game for the story, but I prefer the lvl grinding and taking my time finding secret characters, ultimate weapons, and doing all the sidequests. 

But todays generation is going too lazy, they are making it too linear.

brinxster
brinxster

@MagneticFusion How was the combat system intelligent?  You couldn't even control the whole party, only one character and you couldn't customize hardly anything. Most battles I was just repeatedly pressing X without even paying attention and winning battles. Also if I don't like a character, I can't figure out how to switch them out of my party for a character I do like... not sure if that's even possible either.

Granted, I didn't play it all the way through, I got too bored of it. I don't know if any of these things change. But from talking to most people, they don't change, it's apparently just a really dumbed down turn based RPG.

But FF15 looks like a Kingdom Hearts style combat system which is fine with me. Either go in the direction of Action combat system like Skyrim, Devil May Cry, etc... or turn based RPG. Either way and I'll like it as long as they do it right.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@Zloth2 @freedom01 actually its not crazy, and you dont have to play 4hrs straight. You can play it at your own pace, and I think there is a LOT of people who can pay attention on a game for hours, like the people that play CoD, Halo, Skyrim, GTA. But just that I dont go deeper on time, we're talking about the Final Fantasy Franchise here. If people think that Final Fantasy XIII was a great game, then I would tell them wrong, If they released XIII as a different title then yes, I would say it was a good game, but as long as they named it a FF Series, then they should have followed the system on how the Final Fantasy Series was like, to as TOWNS,, SIDE QUESTS, and WORLD EXPLORATION. The game was damn too linear with no challenge and it felt like all the game was just to show off their graphics. 

And I never once mentioned about turning off their phones/tweets, have you ever heard of multi tasking? Every person this generation can do that, so people can do their phone calls and such while they play an RPG game. And you have to admit that this generation is getting lazy, such as remakes of great games. They take out world exploration and instead put in those point and click stuffs.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@freedom01 I don't think it's lazy, I think it's busy.  When you can't pay attention to a game for more than 5 minutes, complex isn't possible.  There are a LOT of people out there now who will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them to turn off the phone/tweets and just pay attention to the game for four hours straight.