Thanks to lulubear777 for the inspiration!
When most people think of fantasy, they think of a medieval period with swords, knights, dungeons, and dragons. Sakaguchi, he believes Final Fantasy IX to closest to his ideal view of what Final Fantasy should be. And so, we interpret this to mean Final Fantasy IX is a medieval fantasy.
But Final Fantasy IX isn’t Medieval.
That’s right, it’s not. We can tell from the clothing. We can also tell by the architecture. This roughly puts Final Fantasy IX around the Georgian period (of King George II). Other hints: check out Zidane’s frills around his collar. And consider that Zidane was born in the 18th century (1783). This may be the only Final Fantasy where the characters birth years match the aesthetics of the time period. But that time period is NOT medieval.
Strangely enough, the music is medieval in nature, which gives off an almost surreal, dreamlike vibe. It’s strange but great for the fairytale-esque theme in Final Fantasy IX.
“But it has castles, swords, and magic.”
Yes, but so does Final Fantasy VIII. All Final Fantasy games do in a way, they’re fantasy games. But fantasy does not necessarily mean medieval. And the aesthetics in Final Fantasy IX are Georgian, NOT Medieval.
Steiner may be a knight in actual (but not so shiny) armor, yet it’s very clear he represents “tradition”. Beatrix is also a knight, and her dress is relatively modern. Since she represents the new era. Even she dons a Georgian style coat, not something akin to burlap.
Which Final Fantasy games are medieval? Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, XI, XIV and Tactics.