Final Fantasy XV Director Working On New Game

Hajime Tabata next game "Explores Possibilities of AI"

By Grayshadow, Posted 25 Jan 2018

Final Fantasy XV was well worth the wait, with a positive reception when it released to constant developer support that fixed some lingering issues with the core campaign, new bosses, and DLC story additions. Square Enix has confirmed the Royal Edition and PC versions of the game will release this March. However, director of Final Fantasy XV Hajime Tabata has moved on to a new unnamed project.

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Not much is know about the game but Tabata did an interview with SBS comparing it o FFXV.

“Initially, I wanted to make everything open world. However with this being our first attempt at creating an open world, we realised that would be impossible when taking into account the amount of time required in developing the technology and contents for that.

In game development, it’s always essential to clarify what we’re going to, or not going to, implement from both a technology and work-based perspective. So the moment I decided that we were going to make Final Fantasy XV an open world, I had to make the decision to remove Nifelheim from that open world.”

Tabata spoke to how his team handled DLC and sees it more of a service.

“By the time we had finalised our plans for a simultaneous global launch, we had decided that we’d be providing the game as a service, including the post-launch DLC. The reason for this choice was that we wanted to establish a long-lasting rapport with players who purchased the game so they’d enjoy the game for an extended period of time. While this move is definitely for the fans, at the same time, I also thought it was a necessary reform for our future business model.”

Final Fantasy XV was a massive success even after its release. With much of the community remaining engaged thanks to DLC and free updates. Tabata remarked on pushing forward and going beyond boundaries set.

“We are focusing on a new game design that could further explore the possibilities of AI and procedural technology. We are now aware that an entirely different development process is going to be required for a large scale global development project.”

Tabata did discuss game engine and what must evolve in the future:

“We also know how our game engine must evolve in the future. All these elements that we acquired from Final Fantasy XV will form the basis of what we will apply in our next project; which I believe will be a game that only we – with this foundation to draw upon – would be able to accomplish.”

Hopefully, this new game won't take 10 years to develop.

Final Fantasy XV is now available for Xbox One and PS4.

Adam Siddiqui, NoobFeed
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General Information

Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3
Publisher(s): Square Enix
Developer(s): Square Enix
Genres: Role-Playing
Themes: Fantasy
Release Date: 2014-11-01

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