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Square Enix: “We Won’t Make Final Fantasy XV-2”


Square Enix has announced that they will be taking the “Persona 4” route with Final Fantasy XV, stating that they will continue producing short story-based installments as opposed to making a full-blown sequel (or a new entry into the franchise); which will no doubt be good news for the handful of individuals who still believe that the action game is an insult to the franchise.

Final Fantasy XV’s director, Hajime Tabata, claimed at Gamescom that spending large amounts of time working on a sequel will cause fans to lose interest during the wait (like the low attention-span millennials of today):

“If you do that full sequel model of expanding on an IP or a series, it’s good in certain ways. The negative of that is there’s a very large open period where you’re not releasing anything. In that period, you get people to move away, and their attachment to the franchise dissipates a little bit.”

“What we’re trying to do with that is to depict that missing 10 years of history right at the end of the story. If we had tried to do that as a traditional, full-scale sequel, that would have been very difficult, but it works really well in [keeping] that continued relationship with fans.”

Naturally many are hoping that the game doesn’t end up becoming like Persona 4 in that various spin-offs and DLC will end up consuming the franchise for the next 8+ years – Final Fantasy XV is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.

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  • 15 is trash! Leave this piece of crap in the toilet where it belongs and close the lid. Square needs to move on to FF7R and stop fucking around and release it within the next 5years instead of 15years like they normally do. And keep Tabata far the fuck away from it!

  • Square Enix promised some VR content with that Season pass thing. They’re now releasing some VR fishing game that may not be included in the pass for a ridiculous cost.

    What a bunch of scammers.

  • Why bother with sequel when you can milk the fans with more DLC?!

    Forget about making a full game, just cut it into tiny pieces and then sold ’em for premium price!!

    Why waiting for years to grab more $$$, when you can just spit out tiny chunk of content & keep making $$$ every month?!

    Let’s milk it while it last, until everyone become sick of IT!!!

    Then, ONLY then we will move on to the next one.

  • Honestly, I’d rather they continue releasing patches, expansions and DLC for XV rather than make a sequel. Just look at Final Fantasy XIII; each one sold less and less and people hated each sequel to XIII. Just make a new game entirely or continue to expand on the one you already have.

    • Possibly because they turned the good battle system from 12 into a shittier version of itself in 13, then turned the game into Pokemon, then gave you only a single character and a time limit. A party-based rpg with a great world design and no-nonsense battlesystem. That’s all you needed, as seen in 15. Now just give us a story that is worthwhile and female characters please? Maybe by Final Fantasy XX all the stupid execs at Square-Enix have died of old age and good games can be produced again. In the meantime Xenoblade franchise will continue to be the best rpg games Japan makes. Unfortunately limited to the worst console, but what can you do (except emulate)?

  • The missing 10 years at the end of the story they are referring to is their development time, right? I mean, it makes sense why they don’t want to do a FF XV-2, since they wouldn’t release it until 2027, and by then it will come out on the PS5-2.

    The only DLC I really care to see is story developments involving Lunafreya like were presented in the original Versus XIII trailers. Hopefully people voted for her story option when they had the in game poll a few months back. Even with that, they should probably do just about everything on the list from that poll regardless.

    • The game is actually FFXIII versus, they went bankrupt, but still had all it’s “content”so reused it to make this crap. Yes, the 10 year gap at the end, is an overly used tactic when creators either run out of money, or time, in this case, because of all the in-game ads like coleman, it’s cause they ran out of money. The game is an unfinished, unpolished pile of steaming crap.

    • Indeed.
      FFXV lacks story so FFXV-2 would have to have it, and with the ending it got theyre is no reason for it anyway.

      I’m happy for FFX-2 cuz I like dressing up dolls 😀
      Also more Rikku in Bikini is never enough 😀

  • Am I missing something? What exactly is the Persona 4 route and what did they do thats supposedly consists of 8 years besides release it on ps2 then rerelease it many many years later on the vita which was a smart move cause not many gave two shits about P4 until it hit Vita the dying console that needed a champion. Or do you believe that dancing and fighting really was the cause of the long wait for P5?! Seriously?

    • The cause for no Persona game on PS3 was the parent company of Atlus back then. They took all the money (until they went bankrupt) and didn’t allow for big projects. As soon as Sega stepped in, P5 could be made.