By: Erren Van Duine
Square Enix Channel’s recording of “The Future of Final Fantasy” round-table discussion is now available for online viewing.
Although slightly edited (they removed the History of Visual Works presentation, for example), most of the original session is intact and includes Hajime Tabata’s Tokimeki Final Fantasy, as well as other fan questions posed to series creators.
In attendance were –
Hajime Tabata (FF Type-0, Crisis Core, Before Crisis)
Yusuke Naora (FFVII, VIII, Type-0)
Yoshihisa Hashimoto (FFXIV, Agni’s Philosophy)
Mitsunori Takahashi (Dissidia)
Motomu Toriyama (FFXIII, XIII-2)
Isamu Kamikokuryou (FFX, FFXII, FFXIII, XIII-2)
The panel consisted of various questions which were submitted by email, and hosted by Square Enix Channel Radio members.
+The first one asked about the possibility of a Final Fantasy Monsters style game – similar to Dragon Quest.
+Another fan asked if there was ever a chance of a more Japanese style FF, to which Tabata actually showed image boards of various artist concepts. These were not actually shown on the stream.
+Tabata said it would be nice to make a Japanese style Final Fantasy using the Luminous Engine.
+The next question was from a fan who had never played FF. They said they would play it if it were made into an otome game. Well…
Of course, it’s quite the elaborate fake.
+Next the staff were surveyed. They were asked what their favorite scene in Final Fantasy was, along with what the most attractive job class would be. Tabata said SOLDIER 1st Class, Toriyama an onion knight, Kamikokuryou a sky pirate and Hashimoto a black mage.
+The audience largely decided on Knight, with over 20% of the votes.
+Tabata closed off the event with some words. He talked about Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s development, then said “Tetsuya Nomura wanted to give the message that he’ll soon show the future of Final Fantasy.”
Following the video is a sound only interview with series composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Source: Nova Crystallis