Final Fantasy is one of gaming’s most enduring franchises. In the 32 years since its Famicom debut, the series has gone through dozens of changes across its mainline entries, sequels, and spin-offs. Final Fantasy 15 continued this mantra with its divisive, action-driven open world installment. However, in appealing to the widest possible audience, Square Enix diluted the RPG elements in what was once one of the premiere role-playing franchises.
With the Final Fantasy 7 Remake looming, it’s time to look toward the franchise’s future, examining how Final Fantasy 16 can become worthy of the franchise’s name.