Game News Final Fantasy, a saga that would struggle to “keep up with industry trends”
With so much age and influence, the Final Fantasy saga is of course a monument to video games. But because the monuments are doomed to age, the franchise may well be struggling to get up to speed according to … the director of Final Fantasy XVI.
An aging series?
The words of the day do not come from anyone, but from one of the most eminent members of Square-Enix. It was during an interview with Reverse that the director of the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XVI, Naoki Yoshida, has given his resentment on the Final Fantasy saga… and this one is not all rosy.
When asked “is Final Fantasy successfully adapting to industry trends?”, I think the franchise is in trouble. We’re at a point where we’re getting a lot of requests for the direction of our game design.
To be honest, it’s impossible to satisfy them all with one game. My current feeling is that all you can do is develop multiple games and keep making the best games possible all the time.
Would Final Fantasy be a license that is struggling to get fashionable? If the trends today are characterized by game-service, free-to-play or multiplayer, indeed (and again, some titles on mobile will be free). And truth be told, not sure that’s what the fans want.
An already strong future
However, it is clear that Final Fantasy has not remained anchored in immobility. For example, the saga has gradually abandoned the traditional turn-based combat system for a much more free and dynamic; and again, Final Fantasy XVI will be closer to the action game than the previous installments could do.
We can also mention a first-rate technique, an argument clearly put forward by Final Fantasy VII Rebirth which will be released only on PS5 to exploit its power with dignity. Apart from that, the series has also attempted to dabble in Souls-like with Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin and even battle royale on mobile with Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.
However, Yoshida admits that the saga, according to him, is struggling to catch up with the big trends in the video game industry. We are of course curious to see what directions the brand could take, with the aim of modernizing again and again to avoid being left behind.