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Final Fantasy: Eidos-developed entry has been discussed, says Yuji Abe

Monday, 28th October 2013 11:46 GMT By Dave Cook

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 gameplay director Yuji Abe has shed light on the possibility of western-developed entries to the series, specifically by Eidos.

Speaking with OXM, Abe explained, “Obviously, Square Enix bought out Eidos a number of years ago, and now we have direct access to American development team. 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.”

Director Motomu Toriyama added, “The whole thing about the Final Fantasy series is that for every iteration, for every game we do, we have a very different game. So the development team is also different very 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. So if we got the right team of people, it could produce something very interesting in the end.”

So what do you think an Eidos-developed Final Fantasy title would look like? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 just got a batch of Fang screens and a hands-on preview courtesy of Alex Donaldson. Read it here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is due to release on PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 11 and February 14 in the States and Europe respectively.

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18 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Please no.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. SpoiledWar

    @1 Why not? o.o

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @2, Not sure that Eidos can make Japanese-centric RPG’s.

    Eidos should stick to their own iP’s such as Deus Ex, Thief and etc.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Fin

    !

    That’d be awesome. Eidos’ internal devs are all pretty good, it’d be interesting to see what they could do.

    @3

    It’d be console only, so you wouldn’t be able to play with complaining about the shit graphics :(

    #4 11 months ago
  5. fihar

    A compromise.
    Let the Deus Ex team write the next entry, but leave the gameplay mechanics to the usual team.

    Anything to save me from another teen-angst emo monologue.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4, Sorry. But I play on consoles so you failed with your assumptions.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. zinc

    Well they couldn’t do any worse!

    #7 11 months ago
  8. G-Sama

    Box Art revealed for Eidos’s Final fantasy :
    http://i55.tinypic.com/28kt1c5.jpg
    :D

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Neroist

    Final Fantasy IMO is not just a JRPG as it used to have mass appeal world wide. I believe that SE is trying to drop the heavy Japanese flamboyant flair of the game now, for a wider sensibility.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Clupula

    Christ, I hope this never happens. I imagine it’d end up something like FFXII, but somehow blander.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Erthazus

    @9, not feeling it even with FF15 to be honest.

    All this talk about wider audience just hurts the game in the end.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. salarta

    1) Squeenix already had a Western developed game, it was called Fortress and they completely abandoned it and wasted the time and resources of the company that was making it (without paying them) well enough to make that company go out of business.

    2) Based on their latest “blockbuster” game, Eidos’ idea of Final Fantasy would be an FPS horror game set entirely on a single spaceship in outer space. Technology would be called magic, with flamethrowers being called Fire, Fira and Firaga based on firepower.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Neroist

    @11 What I mean by more appeal is getting rid of the total nonsensical characters. A coherent believable fantasy story that allows for immersion for anyone over 12 years old with a an average IQ.
    A story that does make sense and doesn’t contradict itself ever scene. And without enough plot holes to envelope any idea of suspension of disbelief.
    I believe FF II(US),III(US), VIII accomplished this and were great titles within the series.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. jaysea

    Anything would be better than this FF13 stuff.

    #14 11 months ago
  15. dotfaust

    Oh boy… let’s see how Eidos can turn Final Fantasy into a generic third-person shooter ala Hitman/Tomb Raider. Or perhaps they’ll pull another Legacy of Kain “reboot” and make a pc-only um… team deathmatch multiplayer game?

    Wasn’t there a Final Fantasy committee just recently formed to prevent this disaster from happening?

    #15 11 months ago
  16. dotfaust

    @ salarta +1

    #16 11 months ago
  17. salarta

    @15: Funny thing, the Final Fantasy committee that Squeenix put together pretty much guarantees that Final Fantasy is dead. When a committee meant to ensure quality in the brand actually includes Motomu Toriyama, the key instigator of Final Fantasy’s downfall after a good decade of making trash, you know there’s no future for the franchise.

    Hopefully Final Fantasy and Squeenix will still be around 30 years from now when there’s a REAL possibility of them making a recovery.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. Vice

    Eidos are one of very few developers I trust with making super high quality games, if any western developer can make a great FF game, it’s them.

    #18 11 months ago

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