Eight or nine years is a long time to work on a project and walk away unfinished, but that is just what longtime Final Fantasy Designer and Director Tetsuya Nomura has done with Final Fantasy XV. As the highly anticipated RPG enters its ninth and hopefully final year of development, Square Enix announced that Nomura has moved on to games that “can only be made possible by Nomura, himself.”
“In reviewing our development structure, we have decided to assign Hajime Tabata as the new director for Final Fantasy XV,” said Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda.
“As the director of Final Fantasy XV, Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the story and universe in addition to creating the characters. Hereafter, he will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III.
Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support.”
This translates into another director will close out this long running project, and Nomura will finally get down and dirty on the game he really wants to make, Kingdom Hearts III. It’s just a shame he didn’t move on from development before he designed those dorky main characters.
As for his replacement, Square Enix has left the game in the very capable hands of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Producer Hajime Tabata. His own version of Final Fantasy shares a similar action game style with Final Fantasy XV, and it is one of the most talked about and praised games at Tokyo Game Show 2014.
“Currently, Tabata and the entire development team are working, whole-heartedly, towards completing the production of Final Fantasy XV and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date. We invite every one of our fans to view the fruits of our labor through Final Fantasy XV’s demo, and promise to present a game that further surpasses expectations when the finished product is released.”
His original work on the PSP game handed a lot of positive notoriety as well, putting him in the good graces of his executives at Square Enix. Good news all around. Final Fantasy XV is left in the hands of a very capable director, and Nomura gets to work on the game everyone really wants him to make. Square Enix mentioned earlier this year that his work on Final Fantasy XV was pushing back the release of Kingdom Hearts III. Hopefully this decision will push that release forward.
You’ll get no complaints from me. All is right in the universe.