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Final Fantasy XV Director Says Final Fantasy Disease Affected Square Enix
We all know that Final Fantasy XV has been through some long development, and FFXV game director Hajime Tabata has opened up about opinion on the JRPG franchise. He says that many fans and developers suffer from a disease he calls “Final Fantasy disease” in a recent interview.
In a joint interview with 4Gamer, Tabata was joined by Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, where Tabata reflected on the moment when he took the helm of Final Fantasy XV.
The interview gets quite interesting when Tabata opened up about the backlash he faced during the reorganization that occurred when he took over the project:
Oh yeah, there was. It wasn’t only from inside the team, but outside as well. The reason was that if my way of doing it ended up working, there are those whose circumstances will worsen.
Tabata further acknowledged that there is negative feedback for the game such as people not being happy about the character choices. He said that Final Fantasy has a lot of history but he felt compelled to make some changes.
He said that around the time of reorganization he realized that people have caught the Final Fantasy disease. When asked about what Final fantasy disease is, Tabata explained:
Since the root is a strong self-affirmation, one’s own view of Final Fantasy takes more priority than the team’s success. If that view of Final Fantasy isn’t fulfilled, then they’re convinced that it’s bad for Final Fantasy. They think, ‘Since Final Fantasy is a special team, then we are also special because we are making it. When the new Final Fantasy comes out, everybody is going to be so into it.’ But that’s not the reality of the situation, is it?
He further said that when Final Fantasy XV was announced publicly, he realized that not only Square Enix but everyone has the Final Fantasy Disease.
Square Enix recently released a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV showing off the World of Wonder created by the development team.
So do you have this Final Fantasy disease? Let us know in the comments.