According to a report from FF-Reunion, translated by Nova Crystalis, Square Enix is making efforts to protect the future quality of its Final Fantasy franchise. Surprising efforts. Apparently the publisher has formed an all-star team of modern Final Fantasy leaders to lead a committee to ensure the franchise's quality going forward. Details on this "Final Fantasy Committee" are lacking, but its mere formation says a lot about Square Enix's current perception of the franchise.
The committee will initially be headed by four Square Enix Directors/Producers behind most of the recent Final Fantasy releases. Final Fantasy XV Director Tetsuya Nomura will remain apart from the committee, as it's said his priorities lie "along a different timeline." Here are the core committee members:
- Yoshinori Kitase - Director of Final Fantsy VI, VII, and VIII, Producer of every main Final Fantasy title since X as well as the main Kingdom Hearts titles.
- Hajime Tabata - Director of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis, Co-Director of Final Fantasy XV, Producer of Final Fantasy Agito.
- Naoki Yoshida - Director of Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road series, Director and Producer of Final Fantasy XV: A Realm Reborn.
- Motomu Toriyama - Director of Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Final Fantasy X-2 Director.
While the idea of an all-star team heading a Final Fantasy Committee seems great in theory, it's important to note that much of the team are Directors of modern Final Fantasy titles -- titles where much of the modern criticism of Final Fantasy comes from. Having Yoshinori Kitase, the man behind Final Fantasy VII and VIII is significant, but he's also the man behind the production of most modern Final Fantasys too.
The conclusion we have to make is that the old era of Final Fantasy, the era many gamers are so nostalgic for, simply doesn't exist in Square Enix anymore. Now, that doesn't mean there isn't outstanding potential left in the franchise, it just means Square Enix has its work cut out for it. Hopefully together this team can gain perspective on where the franchise stands and where it needs to go next.
Final Fantasy XV, planned for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, currently has no release window. It's likely that the effects of this committee, if there is to be any, won't be felt until Final Fantasy XVI or any potential sequels to Final Fantasy XV.