One of many issues we’ve noticed throughout latest preview occasions is simply how keen Sq. Enix is to underline that Remaining Fantasy 16 is a standalone sport. Whereas lovers will already know that every mainline Remaining Fantasy consists of its personal solid of characters and storyline, it’s simple to think about how extra informal gamers could also be delay by the prospect of buying the sixteenth instalment in a long-running sequence.
Talking with GQ Journal, producer Naoki Yoshida admitted it’s one thing he’s talked about to his bosses: “Possibly it is about time we eliminated the numbers from the title,” he noticed. “For instance, you’ve got Remaining Fantasy 14. You get a brand new participant coming in and it is like, ‘Wait a minute, why do I’ve to play Remaining Fantasy 14 if 16 is out?’ Why do not we simply name it Remaining Fantasy On-line – simply eliminate the quantity altogether, and that’ll make it simpler to know.”
Yoshida added, nonetheless, that nothing has been determined for the way forward for the franchise – and it received’t be his choice to make. “Whether or not Remaining Fantasy 17 or Remaining Fantasy 18 ought to have a quantity or not – that is going to be on whoever has to develop that sport and whoever’s in control of the branding, in order that’s their downside, not ours,” he laughed.
How would you’re feeling about Remaining Fantasy ditching its numbers transferring forwards? We do assume it’d profit Sq. Enix from a branding perspective, however as a result of there are already quite a lot of spin-offs within the franchise, it might make it harder to separate the mainline entries from the facet tasks. We’re a little bit torn on this: the numbers really feel like they’re part of every main Remaining Fantasy’s identification. However from a advertising perspective, there’s merely little question it’d assist in the event that they weren’t there!