Kitase: Final Fantasy XV could be an action RPG - Gematsu
Kitase: Final Fantasy XV could be an action RPG
posted on 11.15.11 at 06:24 PM EST by (@salromano)
FF XIII-2 producer calls genre 'a trend you ignore at your peril.'

The next mainline Final Fantasy could move away from the series’ turn-based roots in favor for a more action-oriented battle system, according to Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase.

Speaking to EDGE, Kitase said the rising popularity of action RPGs are becoming “a trend”—one “you ignore at your peril.”

“I think the nature of the franchise is to present something new each time,” Kitase said. “In the global market we see many players moving away from games that used turn-based systems toward what you might term an action RPG.

Final Fantasy XIII‘s battle system moved towards action in its display, but remained turn-based at heart. The next Final Fantasy may see even bigger change.

Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2‘s battle systems have those elements of speed and action that are the key words for us, though that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to stick to the same route in our next game,” he added.

“That’s something only time can tell.”

Square Enix’s 1st Production Department is currently developing Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PlayStation 3, an action RPG in the vein of Kingdom Hearts.

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  • milramyah

    i wish matsuno and sakaguchi were still at square -_-

    • rockman29

      @milramyah: Sometimes it seems like only a few of us remember these two.

    • Sal Romano

      @milramyah: I hear you. But at least the two are both doing well for themselves.

      Matsuno is at Level-5—working on that 3DS game Guild 01. And Sakaguchi heads one of this generation’s finest new developers (I think, at least).

      Just wish Nintendo would announce The Last Story for the U.S. Or that Mistwalker would announce a new HD game already.

  • Arcanenix

    I would be greatly upset if the next FF game is an action RPG. We have Kingdom Hearts And Versus (whenever that will happen.) Too much of the same is always bad, don’t get lazy square enix, keep doing drastic iterations of turn base game play.

  • dmysta3000

    I’m okay with this. But SE, can you please focus on getting Versus and KH3 (or a least just Versus) out before you move ahead with XV?

  • captainhowdy

    Interesting. I’m very excited for this change. The action could be more epic with action rpg, if done right.

  • Let’s hope so!

  • barklight

    Umm, no please dont. Please remain turn based, i guess kitase just tempted by the succes of demon and dark souls…

  • thunderbear

    I really hope they do! The turn-based mechanic is ancient now and it’s become boring (and I used to love it). That’s why I am way more excited for Final Fantasy Type 0 and Final Fantasy Versus than I am about Final Fantasy XIII-2 or the inevitable XV (at this stage). But if they turn XV more into what Versus and Type 0 seem to be, I’d get way more hyped.

    Frankly, Versus is my most anticipated Final Fantasy game since X.

    • @thunderbear: Say that it’s “boring” isn’t fair…the battles of XIII was loved but almost fans…and is very inovative

      • thunderbear

        @mateuspradosousa: It’s just my opinion :). Not everyone has to agree with it.

  • dmysta3000

    My guess is that they are gonna use Versus as a way to test out how a high profile FF game would work as an ARPG and decide it on how that does.

  • RyougaZell

    Only problem with this is that with Square’s current record… whenever they get to announce this game and they manage to release it… it’ll probably be around 2018

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  • NCloud

    I just want to play Vs

  • zangetsukakashi

    who cares, just bring em on damn final fantasies. all r welcome

  • Honestly I wouldn’t mind real time battles as long as it didn’t turn into a hack n’ slash, but I would still like to see the origins of the series represented in the next game (ie – change but not beyond all recognition).

  • Azure’Sora

    I wouldn’t mind if they made it a action rpg, cuz se will somehow make it different than other action rpgs. but lets just hope they wont make all final fantasy games from now on action rpg ;-;

  • Please, just finish developing Versus. I want that game SO BADLY. It’s been announced in the year that the PS3 was announced, it’s already been 6 years and the game is not ready yet. The hell S-E??!!!

  • Jackle

    Eh, I don’t really mind. As long as I find the battle system fun with an interesting plot and characters, I’m good to go.

  • Kobracon

    If they can find a way to reinvent action RPG like they did with Turn-based in FFXIII, I would be happy to play it!

  • FaithlessMr

    I’d prefer turn based, but I guess there’s no way around it, people want everything to be fast paced and shiny, and strategic thinking has become a thing of the past for gamers nowadays.

    And game developers have to keep pushing forward, they’re not to blame when the audiences have been growing in such a manner.

    Not trying to patronize those who prefer action rpgs, I like action rpgs myself, but to imply that turn based rpgs is a thing of the past, and to realize that the subgenre altogether may ceasse to exist in the future is something I find it hard to accept.

    Oh well, shrug it off and move on.