BioWare: Final Fantasy movie influenced Mass Effect
posted on 06.28.11 at 10:13 AM EST by (@salromano)

Square Enix’s 2001 CGI Final Fantasy movie, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, heavily influenced development of the Mass Effect series, according to BioWare art director Derek Watts.

“Yeah, you know we actually reference a lot from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,” said Watts, speaking to the latest issue of Xbox World 360 Magazine. “We used a lot of their GUIs and the way they did their ship – that was kind of like in some of the early designs for the Normandy.

“Our attack helicopters are loosely based off that movie. There’s some great stuff, especially their glowing GUI screens; we used those a lot. I keep a folder of that stuff and I still actually tell the guys ‘just go back and look at that. Change it like that!'”

Mass Effect 3 launches next March for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Thanks, Gamer’s Book.

  • DarthXehanort

    The more Final Fantasy inspired BioWare is, the better. The same goes for all other game studios.

    Even if it is just The Spirits Within.

  • whiteferrero

    i haven;t played a mass effect game, but based on this pic, they didn’t get influence from aki ross? :D coz she a hottie. hehehe

  • GAMEMASTER

    Niceee

  • http://www.gamesreflexoes.blogspot.com mateuspradosousa

    Bioware said that Final Fantasy is not RPG anymore

    • Red-X

      @mateuspradosousa:
      Yeah, I thought they said something like that it the past too.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    lol they’re the same ones that criticizes the FF games.

    ohh the irony :P

    but yeah pretty cool, at least spirits within did something good :P