A Final Fantasy VII HD remake; a portable update of Final Fantasy V and VI for Vita and 3DS like Square did for Final Fantasy III and IV; a single-player Final Fantasy XV created by the staff responsible for Final Fantasy XII and IX; these are just a few of the things that Final Fantasy fans would like to have in their lives. They’d even settle for a firm release date on the Final Fantasy X HD re-master due out on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.
They don’t get to have those though. They just get more Final Fantasy XIII. More Lightning, more Serah, a whole lot more of precisely what fans don’t want.
Speaking with Famitsu (via Andriasang), Final Fantasy XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama said that the ending of the final downloadable content expansion for that game holds hints at a possible announcement for the series. “The [Final Fantasy XIII-2] Lightning download content had an ending that left a feeling of mystery and hope,” said Toriyama, “The day when the meaning of this will come to light is not too far off.”
The director also suggested that the day in question might coincide with the Aug. 31 opening of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary art gallery in Shibuya.
If there is a Final Fantasy XIII-3, its might not be doled out in downloadable chunks that cost more in addition to a $60 disc. Toriyama said that he’s heard from numerous fans and the general consensus is that people don’t like having to buy a bunch of DLC to get the full story from Final Fantasy. The problem, according to Toriyama, is making the game all at once means longer development time. Patience isn’t exactly a virtue shared by all, but everyone can agree that a quality story is worth waiting for.
Speaking of things that require patience, the aforementioned Final Fantasy X HD remaster is far from release according to Toriyama. “Regarding HD conversions, there is a lot to look into, so please wait a bit more,” he told Famitsu.
It makes sense that Square wants to continue pumping out Final Fantasy XIII games. It spent half a decade building the engine that powers that game as well as all its art assets, a process that drove them further from profitability than they’d been since they attempted to break into Hollywood with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. The Final Fantasy XIII games just aren’t up to the standard set by the series’ past and each new game further diminishes the prestige of the Final Fantasy name.
Slow down and take your time, Square.