Final Fantasy XV will be the first part of a larger epic, director Tetsuya Nomura said during an interview with Famitsu at E3.
While Final Fantasy XV will have a climax, the epic its part of, teased in the game’s announcement trailer as “the Versus epic,” will continue as a story.
Nomura said the game has become “extraordinarily grandiose,” and is thus considering the idea of a Final Fantasy XV compilation similar to that of Final Fantasy VII. And keeping in mind the game’s seven year wait, he doesn’t want to keep fans too long in waiting between releases.
The director is also considering the possibility of online elements in Final Fantasy XV, noting that while game development takes an extended period of time, actual gameplay time is limited to a much shorter period. He is considering the sort of online components that “keep you excited and engaged in the story as it continues.”
At the end of the Final Fantasy XV announcement trailer, the original Final Fantasy Versus XIII logo is shown and one character says, “The world is ever changing… for the fifteenth coming,” before the logo changes to Final Fantasy XV. Nomura said that this isn’t related to the story, which wasn’t changed when the game became Final Fantasy XV, but was something prepared just for the trailer.
Final Fantasy XV is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Find the full interview transcribed below.
― In the trailer, there is that line about “the fifteenth coming” that matches with Final Fantasy XV. Since this title moved from current-gen systems to next-gen systems, will there be changes in the story from Versus XIII?
Nomura: That line wasn’t in the original story, it’s a line prepared in the trailer just for this announcement. (Laughs) The story and characters haven’t changed from the beginning.
— I see. Previously you said, “Because this isn’t a numbered title, this kind of story is possible.” Has it changed direction since that…?
Nomura: When I confirmed the shift to Final Fantasy XV, I said that I was concerned since it was different from previous numbered titles. It has action battles, not command battles, so even though it is going to do what is impossible in a numbered title, would that be alright? Since it was said that it wouldn’t be a problem, the objective hasn’t changed at all. But in the trailer it says, “A World of the Versus Epic”… implying that it was a piece of a larger epic. Final Fantasy XV will come to a single climax, but as for the story, I plan to continue it.
― Are you saying that it has the potential to become a compilation series [like Final Fantasy VII]?
Nomura: When I’m working on something of this density, it becomes something extraordinarily grandiose. I had thought to cut down the volume and density, but if I did, then it wouldn’t be what I wanted it to become. Because of that, I’m considering the idea of a Final Fantasy XV compilation to make it complete.
― In the case of a compilation, I’m sure that fans are hoping for a short release span between each title. What do you think about that?
Nomura: I’ll announce what form it’ll take early on, but since I don’t want to keep you all waiting a long time until the next thing comes out… Well, about this too, when we decided to switch to the next-gen system, we are also investigating online correspondence.
― How will online components be incorporated?
Nomura: There are a lot of possibilities. Developing a big title for next-gen systems takes both a lot of time and money, so we’re working a very grand scale. When it’s a standalone title, even if the title development takes several years, you’re finished playing in a short period of time. In order to have you play a game for a longer time span, I think online components are necessary. I’m taking into consideration the sort of online attributes that keep you excited and engaged in the story as it continues.
― Have you considered cooperative features using the PS Vita or other hardware?
Nomura: Not just PS Vita, but we’re also considering correspondence with smartphones and tablets as well. There hasn’t been a Final Fantasy that did that yet, so I’m considering new developments. As for those kinds of possibilities, I think we’re at an advantage by having changed our development methods to being PC based.
― It seems that this Final Fantasy will accomplish an unprecedented evolution in the series. Lastly, share a message to fans who are looking forward to Final Fantasy XV.
Nomura: I’m truly sorry for having kept you waiting such a long time. I hope that the presentation this time has met the expectations of everyone who has been waiting. From here, the quality will become much greater. I want to take advantage of events like this one and put out new information at every big event to come like Tokyo Game Show, so please watch out for the evolution of Final Fantasy XV from here on out. Some have said that this generation, Japanese developments have fell short overseas. In the next generation, I don’t want this to be the case at all. I want to showcase this title.
For the Kingdom Hearts III part of this interview, click here.