“I want to create a very emotional ending to the game and want to make as many people cry as possible,” he said. “You’re spending so many hours playing the game, so when I finish a game and it ends on a sour note and it doesn’t move me, it gets me disappointed. At least make me cry or give me some emotion! I want to give a moving ending for the consumers who invest so much time.”
Another goal that Tabata has for Final Fantasy XV is for it to make a similar impact on the gaming industry that revered entry Final Fantasy VII did back in the late ’90s.
“There are some team members that were here for VII,” he explained. “They’re taking on the challenge of trying to exceed that title once more, which is a great motivator for them. VII sets a very high goal for us, but it serves as a good goal. It brought in new audiences, sales, and more.”
Square Enix is currently working on a Final Fantasy VII Remake that will be released episodically.
Final Fantasy XV has been in development for many years. It’s already been confirmed to launch sometime this year, but Square Enix will announce the exact release date later this month. The announcement will come during a marquee event that Square Enix has even invited Miss Universe to.
Game Informer‘s full story has so many more interesting details about Final Fantasy XV. You can read it in the magazine’s April edition, which is available now.