Final Fantasy Director Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that Square Enix has plans for multiple sequels to the recently announced Final Fantasy XV, previously Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
“In the trailer, there was a line that read “A World of the Versus Epic,” which suggests that it will be part of an epic. While Final Fantasy XV will have one climax, as a story, we plan to continue it further.” Nomura told Famitsu (via Siliconera). He added that the knowledge of having a sequel to work with really eases the pressure of trying to fit the entire story into one game.
“As for how it will be released, we’ll announce that later on; however, having you wait a long while for a next title isn’t something we would desire…” he said. “Also, we’ve been exploring online compatibilities ever since the shift towards the next-generation hardware was decided.”
When pressed about what these online features could include Nomura replied, “There are many possibilities. To develop a big title for next-gen consoles, the development costs and time increases significantly, along with its entire scale. When it comes to offline games, even titles that have been in development for years can easily be played out in a short period of time. In order to increase the span of play time, I believe that online features are definitely required. Also, in order to keep the story and anticipation going, I believe that such features are needed, so we’re currently exploring possibilities.”
Noumura concluded with an apology to fans who have had to wait eight years for Versus XIII.
“I deeply apologize for having you wait for so long. I hope that our latest announcement has been able to meet all of your expectations. From this point on, the quality will only be getting better. We plan on revealing more information at future large events such as the Tokyo Game Show, so keep a close eye on the upcoming evolution of Final Fantasy XV. There are many of you who feel that Japanese developers have fallen behind those from the West in the current generation. I believe that this title will show you otherwise for the next generation.”