For those that missed it, Final Fantasy III is now available on the Ouya.
This marks the 5th time that the game has been released stateside since its debut on the Nintendo DS. However, Square Enix isn’t stopping there. Today we received word that Square Enix veteran and Final Fantasy III Director, Hiromichi Tanaka, will be returning to the company to oversee further ports of Final Fantasy III.
“Currently, the team is constructing a brand new engine for graphing calculators” Tanaka told us. “I figure, if Naoki Yoshida can take Final Fantasy XIV and make it look great on low end hardware, then I can do the same thing with Final Fantasy III! We feel that the graphing calculator market is brimming with potential for games. Why would kids want to do something productive like homework when they could load up Final Fantasy III on their overpriced calculators?”
Currently, the TI-83 Plus is the only new port for the title that has been confirmed. When we asked Tanaka about other platforms he said “Wii U? Probably not. However, if the calculator version takes off we may look into a pen and paper version, or perhaps even look at bringing Final Fantasy III to the abacus! I mean… really, it’s been on just about everything else! We have to think outside the box when bringing Final Fantasy to as many people as possible”.
When asked if there would be any changes to the game for the hardcore Final Fantasy fans Tanaka told us “Well… and this isn’t official yet, but we’re considering changing the name. Originally in North America, Final Fantasy III was really Final Fantasy VI. So we’re thinking about switching those around. Lately, other directors in the series have said that making things more “Final Fantasy” is a good way to go. What better way to make this latest port more Final Fantasy than to confuse people with the numbers?”
Currently there is no release date set for the TI-83 Plus version of Final Fantasy III… or is it Final Fantasy VI? Either way, keep checking back for the latest information!
Happy April 1st!
After retiring from Square Enix at the end of July, former FINAL FANTASY XI/FINALFANTASY XIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka has joined up with GungHo Online Entertainment as a freelance adviser.
In an interview with Famitsu, Tanaka says “The trigger for me thinking about leaving was getting removed from the FINAL FANTASY XIV project.” He also told the magazine “I helped mold FINAL FANTASY XI into one of the best MMO formats on the market, and I wanted to respect the wishes of the team as much as possible when they wanted to make something different for FFXIV, so I tried my best not to meddle too much with development. In the end they weren’t able to realize what they were aiming for, which is a shame, but I wish them the best of luck with the reboot.”
While the trigger for Tanaka leaving Square Enix may have been his removal on FFXIV, when he announced his retirement at VanaFest 2012 earlier this year his main reason was because of his health. When speaking with Famitsu he noted “I’m going along fine now… It’s not the sort of thing that can be completely cured and I’m going to have to deal with it for awhile to come, but I’m visiting the hospital every week and it’s not a particularly big problem.”
GungHo is a Japanese publisher involved with a variety of MMOs and other titles. You may know them as the Japenese provider for Ragnarok Online. Apart from providing development advice for the company, Hiromichi Tanaka also told Famitsu that he has an idea for a project. “Right now I’m in the midst of putting it all together. Assuming it goes well, I’m hoping that i can make it into a GungHo project. It’s an online game, but it won’t be an MMORPG this time. Unlike ten years ago, smartphones and tablets are perfectly usable game platforms and in addition to that, gamers are spending less time playing each individual game. Instead of just trying to get money out of users [via microtransactions], I want to provide convincing gameplay which provides an experience that’s actually worth paying for.
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On August 1, 2012, Akihiko Matsui will take over as producer of FINAL FANTASY XI for Hiromichi Tanaka, who has produced the game since its launch a decade ago.
To commemorate this occasion, Mr. Tanaka and Mr. Matsui have respectively written a farewell and a greeting to the FINAL FANTASY XI community.
Read on for both of their addresses.
Final Fantasy XI Producer Hiromichi Tanaka announced at the end of VanaFest 2012 that he would be leaving Square Enix due to health issues.
Former Final Fantasy XI Director Akihiko Matsui will step in as the new Producer of Final Fantasy XI.
Last week, an update went live on the Test Server that allowed players to change the width and line height of the chat log. Since then, players have been asking about other changes that may come about as a result of this latest adjustment to the user interface. Hiromichi Tanaka has replied on the forums answering some of the questions players have had. While switching out some of the current window backgrounds is a welcome change, there’s one that would be even more welcome: A completely revamped UI that eliminates current limitations that the development team is facing. One example given is the ability to have multiple chat windows, but perhaps past limitations such as a mini-map would be possible under this new system.
As we are working within the limitations of the current UI, we are a bit limited with the things we can do.
While we are working on things that we can, like the Windows version resolution improvements, we have actually begun looking into completely revamping the entire UI. Of course this is going to take some time, so once I have more information, I will be sure to share it with you.
For our next step, we are planning to address higher resolution text fonts and separate resolution settings for the overlay graphics resolution and menus.
After all these resolution changes and a revamp of the user interface, what else would be left to update to help this game stay current with this generation of MMOs? We already know that the opening cinematic has been redone in a higher quality. Could updated textures for an HD version of Final Fantasy XI actually be in the works? Let us know what you think in the forums!
Could Final Fantasy XI be heading to Sony’s new handheld?
In the latest issue of Famitsu, Producer Hiromichi Tanaka says that Square Enix is currently investigating a straight port of the game to the next generation portable. He adds that currently there is no solid plan at the moment.
With the device having wi-fi and 3G capable models, Final Fantasy XI on the device would definitely be an interesting addition to the Vita’s library. Could a port of this 9 year old game to the new platform help bring in new players? Or would it serve as a way for the more dedicated players to get their fix when not in front of their home console or PC?
German website JPGames.de recently sat down with Sage Sundi and Hiromichi Tanaka to talk about Final Fantasy XIV.
The interview that followed isn’t necessarily a goldmine of information, however, something important to come out of this interview is clarification that Final Fantasy XIV will not be going Free 2 Play as previously “reported”. (but you all knew that right?) In fact, when asked about it they gave a response similar to the one they gave before, saying that they have no plans to use a micro transaction model because it’s unfair to players. In fact, people are likely to spend more money than they would on a subscription based model if the game was F2P. By keeping a monthly subscription fee, the game is more fair, and more affordable for everyone.
Head on over to JPGames.de for the full interview.