Square Enix "Suspicious" That Avatar Was Influenced By Final Fantasy XIII

Avatar, the biggest grossing film ever, looks familiar, says Square Enix's Motomu Toriyama, director of Final Fantasy XIII. A little too familiar.

"The in-game universe this time around is quite fantasy based, but also futuristic at the same time," Toriyama told website Tech Digest in a recent interview. "We never really had any particular reference points for Final Fantasy XIII, in terms of places where we drew inspiration from. That said, we're a little suspicious that the world famous Avatar movie might have take inspiration from us!"

That's right, because Final Fantasy XIII invented the fantasy-based, futuristic look! Of course it didn't, and like me, Toriyama might have been joking.

James Cameron began work on the script during the 1990s, but production on the film finally lurked forward in 2006 — and Final Fantasy XIII was not officially shown until the E3 gaming expo of that same year.

Avatar is a CG heavy film and took years to develop. While it's possible that the movie's visual look was influenced by FFXIII (anything is possible), would the look of the entire film be based off a few trailers and a handful of screenshots?

Final Fantasy XIII is the second game that has placed claims on Avatar inspiration. Previously, a group of gamers said Avatar looked too much like Halo, which is an assertion that director Cameron later refuted.

Final Fantasy XIII 's Motomu Toriyama and Yoshinori Kitase [Tech Digest via はちま起稿]