I’ve noticed a pattern in how Square Enix chooses what setting to make their new Final Fantasy. Nomura influenced titles to use this pattern:
—> Present —> Future —> Present —> Future —> Present —>
Of course, it’s all fantasy. Yet we can see a slight progression with how much technology enters each world, from Final Fantasy I to V. It’s pretty loose, but it follows a general pattern.
Final Fantasy VII was cyberpunk, a little bit like dystopian New York City setting where corporations control everything. A little bit like to where we’re heading now. Plus, check out this flip phone. Present.
Final Fantasy VIII looks a century or two into the future from our modern period, but still relatively modern. Future.
Final Fantasy X is dystopian. This one’s weird because Zanarkand is our modern world. The game’s setting is in its future, and the lack of technology makes it seem like the past. But I think it’s a post-apocalyptic Present.
Final Fantasy XIII is so futuristic people think it’s science fiction instead of science fantasy. Future.
Final Fantasy XV is the “fantasy based on reality”, or just a Final Fantasy similar to our modern age. Present.
Usually, the Itou directed games are different. Final Fantasy VI mixes the Renaissance and the Industrial Age. Final Fantasy IX is like a Medieval/Gregorian storybook. Final Fantasy XII is like psychedelic Lord of the Rings with Star Wars.
It stands to reason Final Fantasy XVI’s setting may be either Past or Future. Maybe with an ancient flair. Final Fantasy might even go back to its medieval roots.
Do we have a best candidate in Agni’s Philosophy?
Who knows, only time will tell.