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Crisis Core Game Director Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix to focus on new project

It has been announced on November 7, 2018 that Hajime Tabata is departing from his position at Square Enix which included Game Director of Final Fantasy XV for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox as well as Game Director of 2007’s Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation Portable (a beloved fan favorite), among others. The decision was explained to fans in a heartfelt letter revealed during the pre-recorded Final Fantasy XV Second Anniversary Special Program broadcast to fans in Japan with English subtitles.

Although this news is certainly disappointing and has resulted in the cancellation of almost all Final Fantasy XV DLC (yes, there was more in development), it can also be understandable from certain perspectives. Tabata was a director of dedicated handheld games who took the reigns of directing FFXV for Tetsuya Nomura who needed to walk away from the project to complete the repeatedly delayed Kingdom Hearts III project. It does feel saddening to see any type of negative Final Fantasy news in a time where some fans could see the series as fragile, having nearly entered a period of peril.

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Square Enix considering Final Fantasy VII spin-off compilation Tetsuya Nomura says

Recently Final Fantasy fans got teased with the possibility of a Final Fantasy VII compilation comprising of every relative title ever made. The idea was proposed by interviewers in Japan after an inspiration from the announcement of Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far exclusively released on PlayStation 4 last week. Among the names include rarities that even the most die-hard FFVII fans may have never heard of. Take a look at the list of potentials for yourself.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far announced exclusively for PlayStation 4

Ironically there was an article back in January on a hardcore fan’s blog called The Story So Far but now that title is the name of an upcoming PS4 exclusive which will feature a compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles allowing players to get the backstory leading up to Kingdom Hearts III’s anticipated release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox worldwide (and 4 days prior to that in Japan).

This move by Square Enix has garnered a little fan backlash from gamers who are on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One as well as some PS4 players claiming this was a “cash grab” since the titles are already available on PS4. However, the title is being offered at a heavy discount versus buying all of the games separately and makes for a great purchase if anybody hasn’t played the originals and does not yet own them on PS4.

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FF7 Remake could take until 2021, launch on PS5, and have different name

Final Fantasy VI Remake was announced way too early according to Tetsuya Nomura (FF7 Remake Director, Director of the Kingdom Hearts series, and holder of many design and director credits throughout the Final Fantasy series). Although the team has stopped making their own game engines and now use Unreal Engine 4, there is mounting evidence suggesting that the title will not be done anytime soon and could look completely different from what has been seen thus far by the time it launches. And this wouldn’t be the first time a Square Enix game’s development has been like this, as Final Fantasy already know all too well…

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Kingdom Hearts III / Final Fantasy XV Director Tetsuya Nomura Speaks On How His Career Came Together

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Developer prestige Tetsuya Nomura spoke recently about the early days of his career and what they entailed. With memories reminisced to the Japan Magazine Famitsu Nomura speaks about what it was like working with the minds that created the Final Fantasy series. He also speaks who he believed inherited the franchise from whom in regards to the origins of some of the Final Fantasy titles.

Nomura spoke about being shown the basics by Hiroyuki Ito and being taught from the start to use new ideas when pitching gameplay features to the Final Fantasy series. Nomura’s work began as a debugger for Final Fantasy V which quickly led up to designs that ended up as the well-known characters Shadow and Setzer from Final Fantasy VI. After this Nomura has gone forward to do much work on the FF series, as mentioned above, and has gained prominence as a designer in many ways for this work.

“There were a lot of things, but for example, in the planning book for what kind of jobs I had in mind for Final Fantasy V, there were things like a ninja with a dog, a gambler who fought with dice and cards, and other illustrations. Everyone else used computers to type things out for their main plan books, but in order to have more impact, I wrote all the notes by hand and included plenty of drawings.

“I believe that having studied advertisement also worked out in a positive way. After a while, whenever it was time to turn in our plan books, Sakaguchi and Kitase would say ‘Where’s Tetsu’s plan book?’ as they started looking forward to it each time.”

“However, in the end, those ideas weren’t used for Final Fantasy V, but when we started on Final Fantasy VI, they were used for Shadow and Setzer. After that, it was a great experience for me, to have something I arranged go out there in the world. I believe that being in that position is what may have led my being appointed to Final Fantasy VII.”

Credited for involvement in many games including Character Design for beloved RPG hits Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X, and many mothers. Nomura is also credited for the creation of Kingdom Hearts franchise. Specifically Director, concept design, main character designer, storyboard designer, and base story are noteworthy titles among Nomura’s work on the original title.

More recently, Tetsuya Nomura is directing the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV games for Square Enix which will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE upon completion – perhaps with a system-selling impact as seen with many past installments of these titles. Nomura is also involved with concept game design, character design, as well as base story among his responsibilities with Final Fantasy XV (pronounced: Final Fantasy Fifteen).

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[Some Info Sourced: Famitsu Magazine via Siliconera]

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Square Enix Reveals Lightning Returns – Final Fantasy XIII Collector’s Edition – Pre Orders Available

Lightning Returns - Final Fantasy XIII Collector Edition

Square Enix has announced to the world today that there will in fact be a Collector’s Edition of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and that gamers can now pre-order the item, but only at their own Square Enix Online Store. Whether you prefer PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 for getting your FF13 fix the third installment is ready for your perusal at the SE store and Collector’s Edition means you’ll get an 80 page artbook with hardcover (this even includes early character sketches by Tetsuya Nomura as well as the Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo’s foreword and an “introspective” perspective of the architecture from the game).

Other items include crossover costume art, a silver embossed pocket watch, and last but certainly not least a downloadable Aerith outfit (the Midgar Flower Girl outfit). Take a look at the image below as well as a high definition video below that showcasing everything from the Collector’s Edition. Pre-Order Link Here. Release Date for this item is February 11, 2014 and it is priced at $89.99.

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