Rumor: Final Fantasy XV Going the Open World Route

Could the next entry in the Final Fantasy series be set in an open world setting? If GamesMaster UK is to be believed, why yes, it could.

Here’s some of the things the magazine’s source had to say about Final Fantasy XV.

  • It entered full production in January 2010, a month after FFXIII was released in Japan. Since then it has had a development team of just over 200 people.
  • The director is the same person who directed FFVI, FFIX and FFXII, Hiroyuki Ito.
  • The co-director led a small part of the development team to make Tactics Ogre for the PSP in parallel with FFXV. He’s currently multi-tasking as lead UI designer of FFXIV 2.0 and co-director of FFXV.
  • The game design and battle system will be a major evolution of FFXII.
  • The game will be open world and have sprawling, crowd-filled cities on par with Assassin’s Creed.
  • The battle system now allows you to target different parts of an enemy’s body like in Vagrant Story.
  • Yoichi Wada (president of Square Enix) wants the game to have a world scale and volume of content that surpasses The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He also wants the game to surpass FFVII in worldwide sales and critical reception.
  • Will release on all major current gen platforms.

Now, keep in mind that this is still very much a rumor. So, take it with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, don’t be that surprised if Square Enix announces that FFXV is indeed going open world.

Source: Gameranx