The Next Final Fantasy Might Not Be the Same Old RPG

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No, according to Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase, it could be an action-RPG.

Calling a surge in the popularity of action-RPGs "a trend…you ignore at your peril", Kitase told Edge, "I think the nature of the franchise is to present something new each time. In the global market we see many players moving away from games that used turn-based systems toward what you might term an action-RPG."

"FFXIII and FFXIII-2's battle systems have those elements of speed and action that are the key words for us, though that doesn't necessarily mean we're going to stick to the same route in our next game," he adds. "That's something only time can tell."

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Interesting! Despite toying with various quasi-realtime combat systems in games like Final Fantasy XII, the core series has always maintained a turn-based battle mechanic. It's a defining feature of the franchise. To move away from that would be a big deal for Square Enix, and an even bigger deal for Final Fantasy's, ahem, vocal fanbase.

Final Fantasy XV could be an action-RPG [Edge]


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I don't know why people hate on Final Fantasy XIII so much.

Besides the first Final Fantasy for NES that I dabbled with when I was little, the first Final Fantasy game I ever played was, well, FFXIII.

Okay, I'll wait for the the "WTH is WRONG WITH YOU???"s and "WHY? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR CHILDREN" rage to stop.

-waits 5 minutes-

You okay? Alright. Anywho, yes. It was my first. After buying a 360 instead of PS3 because I never had a XBOX, I decided to buy another game with the one that came with my early Christmas present to myself. And that game, happened to be on sale for $20 at Sam's Club, and happened to be something that one of my best friends from college have been rabbling about for the past 3 months. So I bought it...and for the last 3 weeks of my Winter Break, I sat and played until I got to Gran Pulse.

I watched every cutscene, didn't complain about the battle system, and was thoroughly enjoying it for what it was worth (except Hope. I agree – he is a little whiny poopnose).

I didn't know until I came back to college that there was so much FF13 hate out there. My friend pulled my aside and said the next time we walk into a Gamestop, I'm buying Final Fantasy X, to see a 'real' Final Fantasy game. A week or so later, we were in a Gamestop and I bought it.

A summer passes and I'm in Zanarkand with FFX. I also thoroughly enjoyed FFX (except *ahem* FUCK BLITZBALL) but other than that, I thought it was a lot of fun! :)

The point I'm trying to make is, being a "late in life" FF Fan (Triple F?) may have changed how I look at these games...but I still love both of them just as much. To me, they are on the same level. I wouldn't be able to choose between them if I was being honest.

I've been wanting to say this for a while, but I guess today just felt right.

Oh, and if you think I just have bad taste in games, well, I don't, generally. My favorites are Dark Cloud (PS2) and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC). So, please, don't hate on my taste. :D