Neoseeker : News : Saving Final Fantasy's future, Square Enix reportedly forms committee to ensure quality
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BlackScythe Oct 17, 13
Kitase is the only one on that list that has any creditials after his name to make me care. On a whole the idea of the commitee makes me excited. The quality drop off after X has been staggering. Starting with XII the franchise has just been so grossly mismanaged with insane production periods.

I feel concerned that apparently the best people for this task are ones who worked on a broken MMO, portable titles, and FFXIII titles.

I know a fair amount of the big names have left Square since the merger, but is this really the best they have to offer for this commitee?
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rpg Oct 17, 13
Was that last name and description suppose to make us *all* feel comfortable.

No offense intended to FFXIII, well not much, but X-2 alone gets me angry years later.

Plus these are just the directors, not one final fantasy main franchise was made just by four people, and blackscythe pretty much said what I wanted on his/her last line >.>
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Rabla Oct 17, 13
Sounds promising. Kitase, Tabata, and Yoshida are all great people, and have done amazing work for the Final Fantasy brand. Toriyama, admittedly, is very much an Opinions topic, but I enjoyed the polish and wonder The Lightning Saga has.

All in all, I think this is a great idea. Makes me feel confident.
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Largerock Oct 17, 13
Yoshinori Kitase. I see.

Hajime Tabata: Great

Naoki Yoshida: ...Interesting I guess.

Motomu Toriyama: Welp, this is doomed.
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Agua Oct 18, 13
havent touched a main series final fantasy since 9, and i am content with that
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Freezing Dart Oct 18, 13
Who else predicts a Final Fantasy 86?
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Noraf45 Oct 18, 13
At least this ensures I'll be able to save my money for other RPGs.

Maybe they're hoping that if they continue the downward slide long enough eventually they'll hit "so bad it's good" territory?
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harbin Oct 18, 13
FFX is the last of the main series I've touched. That was a great RPG but they took some of the FF formula out of it with, it being a considerably more linear feel and the change in the world map.

Concerned about the other two yet half surprised to see none from pre-5 there. Did they all retire move on?

Good ideas can keep the series fresh but many of the changes, a lot within the battle systems have put me off. I've not played XII or XIII but for RPGs battle systems can break the game. If you find them tedious it makes you want to stop playing.

I'm not sure why they've chose this way of making an FF MMO. With FFXIV, does that make XI (their previous online game) now redundant and waiting to be on the scrapheap?

Instead of realising as they do, they should make a single FF:Online, and use that as the MMO. The other issue with their online games is that they've also released them on consoles which unlike PCs have a limited life cycle. AFAIK there is no playing FFXI on the PS3.

Other online games such as WoW (considerably the most successful one), GW2 has only been realised on Windows and Mac, meaning there is no worrying about console life cycles, the only thing they need to do is release expansions to keep the world fresh. Look how long WoW has been going.

With GW2 being a standalone game instead of a major expansion I'm also not sure where that would leave GW1.

They perhaps do need to look at their strategy and look at reintroducing some of the older final fantasy back into the game though. They've tried to attract new fans to the game at the expense of turning old ones out.
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supertom236 Oct 18, 13
if they really want to save final fantasy, they need to bring back Hironobu Sakaguchi.
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Zombie_Barioth Oct 18, 13
Glad to see they're taking action but then what in the world took them so long to see that theres a problem in the first place? Did they think what happened with FFXIII was a fluke and people would change their mind with XIII-2? Or were they so invested into it they had to just keep charging along until they finally hit a wall?

harbin
Most of the original team left and formed Mist Walker.
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Slash Oct 18, 13
Last main FF game I enjoyed was X. :C
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MilehighMario Oct 18, 13
Yeah FFX was pretty much the end for me too. Though i did actually play through X-2, and regretted it
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Wakaman Oct 18, 13
Hajime Tabata was director of Crisis Core, that was a damn good game.

While I don't like the Lightning games I do greatly love Type-0 so there is still hope for the modern Final Fantasy titles.
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Xeros the Slayer Oct 18, 13
harbin - yup, or have since moved on to Mistwalker.

Toriyama has shown his greatest efforts and hundreds of thousands of dollars backing him result in mediocrity and weak fanservice. All he's going to contribute to the team is telling them to add Lightning to all their games so he can fap to it.

Yoshida and Kitase hold some promise though. Yoshida's director of Realm Reborn which is a solid reworking of what was a pile of crap that shows knowledge and understanding of strong points from previous entries. With RR he's also helmed the in-studio movement of being more open with the fanbase on the design process and in taking notes and criticism.
Meanwhile, 6-10 are considered series hallmarks by many and Kitase has been involved in four of the five of them as a director and producer.
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