Close call: Final Fantasy will “probably never” become a first-person shooter, says Toriyama

Wednesday, 17th February 2010 02:35 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Between Final Fantasy XIII’s extremely linear nature and Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus, one might argue that the Final Fantasy franchise and the ancient art of FPS have been getting a little too friendly as of late.

Fear not, however, as Final Fantasy XIII designer and writer Motomu Toriyama told Kotaku that Final Fantasy will “probably never” try its delicate, manicured hand at a gruff, tough first-person shooter.

“Final Fantasy as a series will probably never [adopt] a first person shooter style. The concepts the teams are always working with have the character always on screen and visually trying to make battles look exciting,” Toriyama said.

“Maybe a third person shooter style would be a more realistic fit with the Final Fantasy series,” he added.

However, he did acknowledge that Final Fantasy XIII in particular owes quite a bit to, among other things, Call of Duty.

“The basic RPG functions are to go into towns, prepare for battle by going to shops, then go out in the field,” Toriyama explained. “In that sense, Final Fantasy XIII doesn’t have towns or shops—it’s more that players are thrown into a story, presented with different situations as they move forward in the field and keep progressing that way.”

“In that sense it’s more similar to an FPS genre, like Call of Duty,” he said. “That’s not to say it’s an action shooting game at all, so Final Fantasy XIII takes some different aspects of different genres, transcending different types of games.”

Of course, Square-speak is a very complex, nuanced language, which we happen to be able to interpret. You see, when the Japanese giant runs its mouth, “no” typically means “yes.” So, with that in mind, we’ve seen right through Square’s doubletalk, and here’s what we’ve found:

The Final Fantasy VII remake is coming, and it’ll be a first-person shooter that’s full of towns. So many towns.



  1. Psychotext


    #1 5 years ago
  2. psxman

    Your writing style is delicious. More please.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. tatsujin


    The Final Fantasy VII remake is coming, and it’ll be a first-person shooter that’s full of towns. So many towns.

    That is so funny.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Monk

    nothing impossible under the Sun.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Someone else who doesn’t understand the difference between a first-person game and a first-person shooter. :-D

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Freek

    Also, it will probably never be an RPG :p
    **badooom tishhhh**

    /takes bow

    Thank you, I’m here all week!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. mrbrownjeremy

    Dirge Of The Cerberus is a good example of why Square Enix should probably stay out of ALL shooter genres.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Looking at their other games this gen, and what reviews have to say about XIII they should probably stay out of the RPG genre to. :D

    #8 5 years ago

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