When Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 at the February 20th conference, all the major developers and publishers were in attendance, including Square Enix. Known primarily for their Japanese role-playing games, such as Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy, Square Enix have started to make a larger impact in the western world since their buyout of Eidos and the release of new games in the Hitman, Deus Ex and Tomb Raider series, all of which have been critically acclaimed. When chief technology director Yoshihasa Hashimoto was on stage, both journalists and fans alike eagerly awaited what he would unveil.
Hashimoto started the conference by introducing the companies new engine built especially for the PlayStation 4: the Luminous Engine. Rather than explain the statistics of the engine, Hashimoto let the engine speak for itself. What followed was three-minute trailer, not based on any game, but a video demonstration of what the engine can accomplish. At the conclusion of the video, Hashimoto let the audience know that the graphics in this video is what the company is striving for with every PlayStation 4 game they develop and publish.
Hashimoto went on to talk about the greatness of the PlayStation 4, how the hardware and social aspects of the device make it a developer's dream. Afterwards, he turned the stage over to the Final Fantasy brand director, Shinji Hashimoto (who happens to be his older brother), for a huge announcement: the Final Fantasy franchise will appear on the PlayStation 4 with a game already in the works!
No information was given about this new Final Fantasy title outside of two vital pieces: the game is being developed on the Luminous Engine and it will have a full reveal at E3 2013. Outside of this information, fans are not sure what to expect. Could this be the announcement of a new iteration of the series, as in the release of Final Fantasy XV? Or could this be the continuation of a past series, such as FFXIII-2 following FFXIII.
It's likely that this could, in fact, be a new entry in the series. Square Enix has previously sad that FFXIII-3 is the last in the FFXIII series and, to many gamers, the time has come to move on from that series and begin anew. It's unsure of what a new Final Fantasy title could offer us, with each title being significantly different from the last one. With Square Enix's push to the western market, perhaps we'll see a more action-oriented title or maybe we'll see a return to the series roots, with large expanses to cover, towns and villages to interact with and a large amount of side quests.
However, the possibility is open that this game could merely use the Final Fantasy name and may not be the next entry in the main line. Games like Final Fantasy Tactics have shown the Final Fantasy world can easily be translated to a number of genres outside of role-playing and still be successful. Could we see a Final Fantasy first-person shooter? It seems unlikely but these days, anything is possible.
The last idea is that this game could be a remake of a past game, as Square Enix knows fans are hungry for a remake to Final Fantasy VI or VIII, heralded as two of the best Final Fantasy games the company has ever put out. Square Enix is known for re-releasing older titles regularly and already have plans for a Final Fantasy X re-release, so anything is possible.
Whatever Square Enix has up its sleeve, we'll be sure to update this article as soon as new information as available! In the meantime, let us know in the comments about your hopes and fears for the next Final Fantasy title and keep your eye on PS4 Experts for any breaking news!
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/3/2013
March 19th 2013 Update: Could The Mystery Final Fantasy Game Be Final Fantasy Versus XIII?
While Square Enix has not officially stated what the PlayStation 4 iteration of Final Fantasy will be, rumors are now swirling that it could be the often delayed Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development for over seven years, with barely any story information or gameplay shown since then. As we near the end of this generation, it would make sense for Square Enix to port the game to PlayStation 4; rather than release the game at the end of the PlayStation 3, the game can release at the beginning of the PlayStation 4, being one of the first RPGs available for the system.
There is also the rumor that the game itself will be rebranded, possibly losing all ties to the XIII world and becoming a standalone Final Fantasy title. The new Final Fantasy is also rumored to release in 2014; while this isn't enough time to build a new game from scratch, it's just enough time if you're reusing assets from a game that has been in development for seven years.
Square Enix is planning a full reveal of the PS4 Final Fantasy, whatever it may be, at E3 2013.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/19/2013
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