While Final Fantasy may be one of the most enduring RPG series of all time, it’s hardly without its faults. In fact, the recent trilogy of Final Fantasy XIII titles were loathed for many aspects. While Final Fantasy XIV was a reboot of the failed Final Fantasy XI.
Because of this, Final Fantasy XV Game Director Hajime Tabata believed he had to stop “Final Fantasy Disease”. What is that? Well he revealed what it was in an interview (translated by Kotaku)
“It refers to people within the company who can’t imagine anything other than their own view of Final Fantasy,” Tabata says. “Since the root is a strong self-affirmation, one’s own view of Final Fantasy takes more priority than the team’s success.”
“If that view of Final Fantasy isn’t fulfilled, then they’re convinced that it’s bad for Final Fantasy,” Tabata continues. “They think, ‘Since Final Fantasy is a special team, then we are also special because we are making it. When the new Final Fantasy comes out, everybody is going to be so into it.’ But that’s not the reality of the situation, is it?”
“Because of that, there was a time I told off the team, saying, ‘We’re not special. Wake Up.’ Yet, I realized that when Final Fantasy XV news was made public, this wasn’t only inside the company. Everyone has FF disease.”
To see whether the “cure” is FFXV, we’ll have to wait until September 30th.