What’s the story behind Final Fantasy’s name? Apparently it wasn’t because Sakaguchi believed this would be his last game:
According to Sakaguchi, the team wanted a title that had a simple abbreviation in the Roman alphabet (FF) and a four-syllable abbreviated Japanese pronunciation (“efu efu”). Because of the setting and style, “fantasy” was an easy choice. “Final” wasn’t the first choice of adjective, however.
Initially, Final Fantasy was to be “Fighting Fantasy”. But “Fighting Fantasy” was the name of a tabletop game.
Fighting Fantasy is a series of single-player books. Each revolves around a certain setting, such as fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, horror, etc.
Obviously, Dungeon and Dragons influenced Final Fantasy. But Fighting Fantasy informs Final Fantasy of the many genres it takes. Why is it that after Final Fantasy V, industrial and futuristic settings became common? Sometime after Final Fantasy V, Sakaguchi figured the series could use a bit of variety. So, now we have science fiction, post-apocalyptic, steampunk and modern Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy isn’t copying Fighting Fantasy, as much as they’re inspired by them.
Is the series running out of steam? No, I don’t think so. Square Enix could look to Fighting Fantasy for Final Fantasy’s next game. Maybe we could even predict the amount of games Final Fantasy has yet to produce.
I see are 30 Fighting Fantasy titles.
Looks like we might see Final Fantasy XXX after all.