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Final Fantasy XV Director Says PS4 Is a Mountain to Climb

Posted by Sammy Barker

Super system causing concerns

Tetsuya Nomura has been working on Final Fantasy XV for an eternity. The high-ranking Square Enix employee started production on the sequel on the PlayStation 3, where it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. It’s since re-emerged as a next-gen title for Sony’s latest console, with a new name. Despite this, the director is already starting to worry about getting it done in time.

Speaking with Weekly Famitsu, the developer admitted that the manufacturer may have “gone too far” with the new machine. “I wish that they would just let us off the hook,” he moaned. “For the player, having a game that’s ‘thoroughly made’ makes them excited with anticipation, but for a developer, it’s a hurdle that we have to overcome.”

The well groomed luminary was clearly referring to the amount of visual bells and whistles that people expect from modern releases – and he pointed out that the company’s already considering ways in which it can save time on the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. “The number of things that we have to do keeps increasing, and if we keep trying to expand we’ll never be finished,” he said.

Despite this, Nomura considers the challenge a positive thing. “There have been a lot of different consoles in the past, but I feel that this one is the biggest mountain that we’ve had to climb yet, in a good way," he concluded. We hope that you weren’t expecting to play any of the abovementioned titles soon, because we think that the developer's just added a couple of years to their production schedule.

[via famitsu.com, kotaku.com, gearnuke.com, psu.com]

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User Comments (31)

KAPADO

#1

KAPADO said:

They are starting to make excuses. Not holding my breath for a good game.just remake ff7 damn it.

Sonicfan11589

#2

Sonicfan11589 said:

As long as they take the time they truly need which i know has felt like an "eternity" i'm sure it will pay off in the end with all the hype and it being a first (TRUE) FF game on next gen systems (Not counting FF14:ARR)

FullbringIchigo

#3

FullbringIchigo said:

a few more years, how long have they been working on FFXV (VsXIII) 10 years or something, it should be nearly done even if they moved it to a new system

SuperSilverback

#5

SuperSilverback said:

Giiivveeeee mmmeeeee tthhhheeeeeee ggaammmmmeeeeeee! God damn you Square Enix! Go back to being Squaresoft!
Werent FF 7-10 out between 1997-2001? 4 games in 4 years. 1 game now = 10 years and 2 consoles.

This news has saddened me

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok I love the "I wish they'd let us off the hook" bit. I'm sure Sony would let them publish on PS2 still if they wanted to... :|

ShogunRokAdmin

#7

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb Square Enix clearly don't realise how far their once unconquerable franchise has fallen - they need to make this good, and they need to make this fast. That's all anyone cares about.

I've never seen a hassle like this. Never.

Jaz007

#8

Jaz007 said:

Are they complaining that they wanted more power and got too much? Or are they trying to be humorous? Make excuses? Just give us a great game already, I want to give them my money, just take it already. I don't know how much they can expand at this point. Just finish the game. If this isn't amazing, I think they might be in trouble.

Grieva

#9

Grieva said:

From what ive seen it looks superb, what more can they do? They keep working on 13, which has had 2 additions to its story as full games. Most developers are saying its great fun to develop on ps4. They have so much experience, excuses like these are unlike square enix. Guess it will be another 2 years :(

Bliquid

#10

Bliquid said:

Nomura, besides the fact i have a personal grudge on you for creating over-accessorized Barbies and Kens and destroying the epic of FF series with your juvenile J-Pop style and taste,well...
What you said is plain hypocrisy.
Seriously, the PS4 is too powerful and you need more tine?
Why not finish it on PS3, then?
You scammer, you.

belmont

#11

belmont said:

So I got a PS4 for this game, among others of course. I should have preordered a PS5 instead.

Seriously just release the game.

Gamer83

#15

Gamer83 said:

LOL, typical and I don't know why people would expect otherwise from SquareEnix's internal teams these days. Everything is a challenge for SE right now, they are a pathetic joke and instead of blaming these teams for subpar games leading to a lot of their problems they want to blame companies like Crystal Dynamics and IO Interactive instead. Developers who actually get sh*t done and deliver good games- great in the case of Tomb Raider. If it wasn't for CD, IO, United Front Games and Eidos Montreal, SE wouldn't have its name attached to a single good game in nearly a decade.

charlesnarles

#16

charlesnarles said:

Hm. Devs must have thought it'd be a cake walk to make ps4 games, but the new architecture seems to have caused 9,000 delays/postponements. @Gamer83 TR would be a perfect port if they'd have made the walkie talkie come only from the controller and made the torch flicker look more realistic (or made optional!) But it didn't cause them any trouble to finish on-time, is my point.

JaxonH

#18

JaxonH said:

More powerful hardware means more detailed visuals, which means more man-hours needed to make a game. People shouldn't kid themselves- if the PS3/360 was stretching developers thin, PS4 will surely bend them to the breaking point. This isn't the first developer to come out and say something like this.

Having said that, FF15 is taking an exceptionally long time. It's worse than watching paint dry... FAR worse. I'm inclined to agree with the gentleman above who suggested this game will end up launching with the PS5. And a Vita port lol? Ya, ok. Maybe it'll release in time for our grandkids to play it.

Gamer83

#19

Gamer83 said:

Since Kingdom Hearts is actually still a decent series and I'm looking forward to playing 3, I am pretty nervous about how long it will be until that game releases given that FF XV is supposed to release before it. It may just be 10 more years.

Gemuarto

#20

Gemuarto said:

@JaxonH I mean, they can port all game assets from PS3. Not making all those additional details for PS4. But maybe it's better to go with 3DS version.

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Bad-MuthaAdebis

#21

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Devs can only make what they can afford to make really. Its business and its still always a risk however much they put behind a game. If they want to make a triple a blockbuster then do that but make sure that from the beginning that whatever comes out the other end isn't trash, do not spend money on any particular aspect of a game just because you assume its the status quo or minimum standard. Basically whatever you have in your budget should be used to make a well rounded game, devs just need to be more realistic about what they can produce. If they were walking before then they're crawling now, they don't seem to have noticed that they fell down whatsoever.

Gemuarto

#22

Gemuarto said:

I wonder for how long FFXV was in real development =). For year? I

You, guys, must understand, that SE doesn't want this game at all. And that Nomura is fighting every day for it to be realesed and developed. And nobody wants to give him money to make game better. Many talented people left SE because all what SE heads want is MMO and mobile games. So I think Nomura is in pretty hard situation because of PS4 potential, in terms of visuals. But maybe he was just telling that visuals in FFXV will be superb =).

rjejr

#23

rjejr said:

That picture made me happy. It brought back my earliest fondest memories of the first time Leviathan laid waste to the battlefield w/ a tidal wave. Summons the last few games just have't felt the same.

I like the Greco-Roman look of the photo as well, more God of War than FF13. Maybe I will want to play another FF game again. Some day.

CanisWolfred

#24

CanisWolfred said:

Was anything really surprised by this? Every new gen is a new challenge. Granted, I do think that the whole escalation of AAA gaming is really getting out of hand - I think at this point, developers are just gonna have to stop going all out. It's not like we need games to just keep getting bigger. Smaller games are fine, too, and the sooner people realize that, the better off things'll be.

BornOfEvil

#25

BornOfEvil said:

@CanisWolfred Exactly! Gamers these days are spoiled and expect every game to be some big budget spectacle then complain about price. What do you expect when devs have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on art?

JaxonH

#26

JaxonH said:

@Gemuarto

??? I'm not sure I follow. You mean FF15 on 3DS? I really don't think a game like that would be well suited to the 3DS hardware. Too graphically intense.

JaxonH

#27

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

Are you buying Bravely Default next month? That's very reminiscent of the old-school FF formula...

rjejr

#29

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - Yeah, I played the demo, and it was good. So was Fire Emblem. And it really bothers me that the 3DS keeps getting good JRPGs (among other games) that I'ld rather be playing on my 52" tv. I bought a $200 receiver so I can listen to Mario say "woo-hoo" on the Wii U. I think Kid Icarus: Uprising might have more voice acting than every Wii U game combined. ;-)

I know Wii U is getting X and Bayonetta 2, maybe some dates this week. :-)

JaxonH

#30

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

Well, you know the 1st party games don't use much voice acting, but there are plenty of 3rd party games that do. Particularly games like Deus Ex Human Revolution. But concerning the 1st party titles, I'd be enjoying the soundtracks. 3D World's soundtrack, Pikmin 3, and the masterpiece will be David Wise in DKC Tropical Freeze. THAT'S something I envy you for. Listening to DKC TF in surround sound...

As for Bayonetta 2, both Gamestop and Newegg have the game listed with a May release date. Could be nothing, but then again, you never know. Two retailers listing it for May 1st and May 6th, respectively? Sounds suspicious to me.

rjejr

#31

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - I know Nintendo isn't big on voice acting, last good voiced acted game I played on a Nintendo home console was Starfox Adventures on the Gamecube, but I'ld still like to see a JRPG on the Wii U. Squeenix made FF:CC:TCB on the Wii. It was 1 of the lamest games I've ever played, but it was Squenix so I played it. The PS3 took about 3 years after Eternal Sonata to get rolling so I know it will be awhile. Wii got the 3 JRPG after Nintendo abandoned it.

Bayonetta 2 in May is about what I've been thinking since last year. I'm still expecting a ND this week but maybe Iwata is too busy preparing for the shareholders to come directly to us. Gonna be an interesting week me thinks.

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