The Future of the Final Fantasy Series

Posted: 03/10/2013 in Articles
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By Keith Crandell
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If the past 25 years are any indication, the Final Fantasy series is here to stay. While the series isn’t necessarily going in a direction that the fans want it to (the Fabula Nova Crystallis for some, and the piece of crap that was All The Bravest, in particular), the series is certainly still going strong. But where exactly is it going? For those who haven’t been keeping up with the future of the series, here’s a brief summary.

Final Fantasy I-VI will most likely get re-released on the updated platforms (and has been most recently for IOS and PSP)  . While there appears to be no plans for an updated version of any of these games, the more hardcore/classic Final Fantasy fans would go nuts for a Final Fantasy VI remake because it is arguably the best game in the series.

Final Fantasy VII, one of the most popular games in the series, is also not expected to be remade anytime soon. Square Enix has come out and said not to expect a remake, at least not until another Final Fantasy game is made which surpasses it. Western fans clamor endlessly for a remake, though the Japanese fan base would actually prefer a Final Fantasy VIII remake. The ending of Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII indicates that Square Enix might not be done with the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII just yet, but nothing has been announced so far. Considering there is a 497 year span between the end of Dirge of Cerberus and the scene with Red XIII and his grandchildren looking down on an abandoned and nature ridden Midgar, Square Enix has a lot of room to work with.

Square Enix has also hinted at links between Final Fantasy VII and X, which include a young scientist named Shinra from Final Fantasy X, and two worlds COULD be linked together through spirit energies. An actual established link between the two would be unprecedented, but would also be an interested opportunity to fill in the back story of Final Fantasy VII’s Jenova.

Also, an HD remake of Final Fantasy X for the Playstation 3 and Vita was announced at the Sony Press Conference in Japan on September 14, 2011, but there have been no news or updates on this project since, other than the Japanese magazine Famitsu catching a few screenshots of character models as a private viewing.

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Instead of getting Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Final Fantasy Type-0 (previously called Final Fantasy Agito XIII), the Fabula Nova Crystallis brought us not only Final Fantasy XIII, but an unexpected sequel, XIII-2, with a third, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on the way. Versus XIII has been in development hell, having been announced at E3 2006 along with Final Fantasy XIII and Type-0. Little is known about the game, or its protagonist, Noctis, but it still holds great interest among the Final Fantasy community. Both Versus XIII and Type-0 are more action oriented games similar to the Kingdom Hearts series, but neither of them have any definite Western release date, although there have been hints and suggestions, but no confirmation of a Western release for Type-0. Square Enix has stated on several occasions that Versus XIII is still in active development, but the game hasn’t been seen in quite some time.
A commercial failure, Final Fantasy XIV was practically a disaster for the company. The second MMO in the series, Final Fantasy XIV did not sell well on the PC and didn’t come out at all as expected for the PlayStation 3. There were many fans who hadn’t even realized there WAS a Final Fantasy XIV. Released late September 2010, Square Enix not only made the game free to play for PC users as an apology for all the problems, but announced a re-launch barely a year later in October 2011. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still in development, but is expected to release for Windows and Playstation 3 at some point in 2013. The original setting, lore, and story of Final Fantasy XIV will carry over to the new version of the game, but the rest of the additions and updates aren’t entirely known just yet.

E3 2012 brought Square Enix’s new project, Agni’s Philosophy. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVX0OUO9ptU While there is no confirmation or news that Agni’s Philosophy could be a part of the Final Fantasy series (Final Fantasy XV, perhaps?), the trailer highlighted the next-generation Lunimous Studio engine which we will see more of in the next PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

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Dissidia: Final Fantasy and its sequel/prequel Dissidia Duodecim are likely the last we will see of those games. An interesting premise which brought characters from across all the worlds in the Final Fantasy series, the developers have actually admitted to running out of ideas to make new additions to the games, at least in terms of the battle system. Hopefully they’ll come up with something soon, seeing as the Dissidia games have sucked over 500 hours of my life away and were well worth the sleep deprivation.

Besides these projects, there’s little indication of what Square Enix is working on next. Having just released the trash that was All The Bravest, and the well received Final Fantasy Dimensions, hopefully Square Enix will focus on finishing their existing projects before moving on to something new. All The Bravest is one of the ugliest black marks a gaming franchise has ever seen, and Square Enix needs to find its way back to the path that fans want to travel on, or risk losing them for good.

What do you think Square will do next? Leave a comment below!

Keith Crandell is an avid Final Fantasy fan, and believe him, All The Bravest was a piece of s***. Follow his insanity on Twitter at @kmcrandelljr.

Comments
  1. jason sturm says:

    i have been a final fantasy fan ever since i picked up final fantasy VIII years ago. still my favorit story in the whole series. i have had versus XIII pre-ordered ever since it was announced and it is really irritating how much square is draging their feet with the project but managed to release XIII-2 so quickly which i was rather dissappointed with. I do wish that they would remake VII and VIII for a more recent platform. i would love to see those games with current graphics.

  2. montymontague says:

    Rumor is that Versus XIII is gonna end up being switched over to the PS4 and even re-deemed as Final Fantasy XV. How do you feel about that?

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