Here’s What Makes a Final Fantasy, According to Square Enix

This last weekend in Tokyo, Square Enix held an open conference centered around its real-time tech demo, Agni's Philosophy: Final Fantasy. While presenting the technical aspects was paramount in the design of Agni's Philosophy (as it was meant to showcase the detail and flexibility of Square's new Luminous Engine), its creators were adamant it feel like a Final Fantasy. But what exactly makes a Final Fantasy a "Final Fantasy"? To answer this question they put together a list of the five minimum components for a Final Fantasy.

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Jinkies1977d ago


"The fourth thing needed in a Final Fantasy is a little ambiguous: "refinement." They didn't specify refinement of what exactly, but each game in the series has at least tried to refine the parts of gameplay that didn't work in the previous iteration"

So your telling me the turn based combat, open world map, the airship, npcs, side missions, exploration that were all MISSING from FF13 were things that you guys didn't get right in the past FF games....right.

"The second is "summoning," which has been a staple of the series since Final Fantasy III."

Yeah except you don't make them look like vechiles or Transformers.

"The battle system also changes from game to game as well."

Really because I always thought they stayed pretty much the same in the old FF games, with a few minor tweaks here and there.

I wish Square could take there own advice sometimes...

Gr811976d ago

FF's are now, really is a sort of an abomination of the series' roots. I can still play the classic FF's on the NES/SNES and get hooked.

The newer ones are for lack of a better word 'crap'

I think with the increase of horsepower, also allowed devs too much free reign to put in personal touches that do nothing for the player.

A shame.

iamtehpwn1976d ago

Well, If you look at I through X at least, they're absolutely right that refinement is a big part of Final Fantasy. But rather the word refinement, I would say "reinvention". Final Fantasy was always coming up with new ways to see the new world it was presenting. The problem was that XIII's new ways of presenting a world were not good, NOT that square enix had tried something new with Final Fantasy.

Lets criticize what they actually did wrong. The fact that they did something new wasn't bad, it's that they did something that wasn't enjoyable despite it being new. Final Fantasy has always been experimenting with new things that usually did refine the series.

DragonKnight1976d ago

Well if you look at FFI-X, yeah they changed things but they always kept the basics, the core of what made FF real. Towns, airships, NPC's, likeable characters, epic stories you could actually follow, killer music. FFXIII only had the music right.

ScubbaSteve1976d ago

"FFXIII only had the music right."

Did we all forget about Leona Lewis? I much preferred it when they created their own songs to fit the game instead of purchasing the rights to something that was already out there.

DragonKnight1976d ago

Ok, rephrase that to "FFXIII only had the music right, minus Leona Lewis."

NeXXXuS1976d ago

I'll tell you the main thing Final Fantasy needs:


Oh... and get rid of that idiot Yoichi Wada.

animegamingnerd1976d ago

agreed i enjoyed the last story a lot more then anything that has come out from square enix this gen

animegamingnerd1976d ago

if it weren't for them buying out edios i would say square enix is the second worse publisher this gen right behind EA

kalkano1976d ago

No. That would be Sega.

kesvalk1975d ago

SEGA is good, it's sonic team that had a very shitty phase some years ago

they are way better now.

Gamer-Z1976d ago

Publishers trying to to turn art into a generic mass produced product is what is killing Final Fantasy.

Fullmetalevolust1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

"Lastly, they stated that Final Fantasies need "change and challenge." The "change" part is obvious, with each numbered Final Fantasy taking place in a new world with a new cast. The battle system also changes from game to game as well."
FF13-1, FF13-2 and soon to be FF13-3 (lightning re-runs, err, returns) say hello!
I just feel like we've been given the same regurgitated world for the past years. New cast? yeah somewhat, but likable, meh!
I don't think Squeenix has clue as to what goes into a successful FF title anymore, and the only tile (FFVS13) that could bring hope to the series has been kept behind closed doors with very little info leaked.

kalkano1976d ago

You know, the last FF game where I really liked the majority of the cast, was 10. Since then, it's rare that I like even half of the cast.

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