Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata has landed himself in the hot seat. Should he score big with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV, which he was recently put in the director chair of, he will be able to make pretty much any projects he wants in the halls of Square Enix. This leads to the question of what exactly that might be?
Tabata’s humble attitude about the whole rocket to stardom shows that he might still want to keep his profile relatively low and not get swept up in the big AAA development world. In an interview with Square Enix Europe Blog, he says he would “like to make more Type games and make them into a Final Fantasy series.”
“We’ve registered trademarks for it, we’ve gone that far so we want to continue it. I’d like to make the Type series the kind of series where we can do the kind of stuff that we really can’t do in the mainline numbered series, so make it a really alternative kind of Final Fantasy.”
If not that, then he would prefer to make an original IP or an original franchise. Either way, it doesn’t seem like he wants to stay in charge of big Final Fantasy projects for very long.
Tabata had found a lot of success on the handheld market prior to landing the job of Final Fantasy XV‘s director. His three PSP games, Final Fantasy Type-0, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and The 3rd Birthday, all garnered a respectable level of praise, and his approach with streamlined gameplay in Final Fantasy XV shows he is far more interested in games of that “pick up and play” nature.
He would not be the first Final Fantasy director to take ideas and march them into an original handheld franchise either. Remember back in the day, Final Fantasy II designer Akitoshi Kawazu was able to take his ridiculous RPG mechanics and put them to good use in a new RPG series on the Game Boy far away from the main Final Fantasy series. What we got out of that was two decades of SaGa and one of Square Enix’s most polarizing and insane franchises to date.
Totally worth it, I’d say.
I agree with his sentiments too. Not everyone is meant for huge AAA development, and if he knows his limits then all power to him. Give him the space and materials to flourish on his own terms, and he could be one of the rising stars to inherit Square Enix from its aging elite developers.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17, and it will come with a demo of Final Fantasy XV.