I’ve been looking at the development of Final Fantasy games on just one system at a time. Take a look at the late 90s when Squaresoft finally switched to the Sony PlayStation:
1997 Final Fantasy VII
1998 Final Fantasy Tactics
1999 Final Fantasy VIII
2000 Final Fantasy IX
Back in the
good old days past, we’ve been getting about an average of one Final Fantasy title per year on the console. That’s what everyone wants: one game per year.
Here in the West, they had to make up for lost time. They released Final Fantasy Anthology and Final Fantasy Origins. These were two games in one. Otherwise, we’ve been getting one title per year.
But this was when Squaresoft kept to Sakaguchi’s original vision of no sequels. Fans had to rely on a new game every year. Development probably stressed the team. Making a new game from scratch? Hectic.
But now Squaresoft is Square Enix.
We’ve been getting an average of at least two Final Fantasy games a year, instead of just one?
Sure, many are sequels and spin-offs. But these games appeal to Final Fantasy fans old and new. People will buy an updated game. Square Enix will have at least one updated and a new game. Nowadays, we won’t have to worry about too many more remakes. Yet people are pining after Final Fantasy VI, VIII and IX remakes. With five different divisions, this gives Square Enix breathing room to develop the musical score, concept, story, battle system, etc.
So then, with all this Final Fantasy that appeals to fans, why would we want to go back to the
olden days past?
I’m fine with how Square Enix is developing their games. I just hope they can improve their craft along the way.
I look forward to
Final Fantasy XVI Final Fantasy VII’s Remake release date.