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Nomura expects Noctis to be more clever than Cloud By Erren Van Duine on July 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

No sooner have we left E3 behind than Tetsuya Nomura is at it again, out speaking to the press and enthusiast outlets alike on upcoming titles Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. Both FF Dream and Finaland had the chance to sit down with the director at Japan Expo, taking the chance to delve deeper into the game once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Seven years have come and gone since FFXV’s original conception, and in that time Nomura has seen himself involved in many different capacities in several projects along the way. “Actually I am not very good at managing myself, especially at managing lots of different projects,” admits Nomura. “But because of my staff and all the staffs are very very intelligent, very good and very capable I’m able to run all the different projects at the same time. And also the most important are the co-directors in each project, again they are very capable and skilled people, they are the people actually managing the actual everyday job on the ground. That’s why I’m here, they are supporting me all the time.”

Having been apart of the company since the Squaresoft days, it’s no secret that Nomura has created a good portion of the characters fans have come to know and love. Naturally Nomura has a known favorite in the form of Sora from Kingdom Hearts, but is already priming his next creation for the spotlight. “Also there is Noctis, he hasn’t been in front of you, I mean moving, etc. yet in a real gameplay but he will soon, in the future,” said Nomura. “Do you know the name Sora mean the “sky,” in Japanese and Noctis, his family name is Caelum which mean sky as well so basically, Noctis mean “night sky,” so they are kind of complete opposites to each other. There is a reason why I named these characters as opposites. Noctis is kind of like my latest boy, or latest son and I expect him to be more clever than Cloud.”

Vehicles will play a part in FFXV, but in a way that we’ve already seen, according to Nomura. “Well two things you probably could use… first, the car – the car is gonna be the vehicle you’ll use probably the most in the game. The other one, the magitek armor, you can actually control and ride the magitek armor as well, in a future reveal you’ll probably find more.” As Noctis and his friends tend to travel together, the chances of him riding around on a motorcycle like Cloud are rather slim.

On the subject of characters, Nomura admitted that he ended up changing Stella’s design in order to make her a little bit prettier. “When I created Stella, back in 2007, I actually created something that is not my type of character, but obviously time has passed since then, about six years now, and then she actually became something that I quite like now.” But will she or any other female characters be playable? It might be quite difficult, according to Nomura; he didn’t elaborate on the subject.

As for Noctis, there’s a reason why he has appeared several times with red eyes. “In the last promotion trailer, Noctis got red eyes because he got the ability of teleportation,” said Nomura. “When you actually play the game, you can’t really see and zoom in the face of the character anyway. And he moves very fast as well so… if the character’s face is actually seen in a zoomed-in on the screen, we probably could still make his eyes red but we haven’t decided whether we’re gonna need the red eyes or not.”

Originally, Nomura had made plans to force the player into a game over if Noctis died in the game but now it might not be the case. “At some time I said that the game was gonna be over when Noctis died, when we were talking about Versus XIII, but now as Versus XIII became Final Fantasy XV we haven’t decided it actually so we can’t really say if it’s going to change or not, we’ll see.”

Gameplay changes aren’t the only thing that have made their way into FFXV – the addition of FF Type-0 director Hajime Tabata is now a well-known fact and one that came about due to Tabata’s own ambitions. “I asked him in the team, his vitality and mentality are always very motivated and very high,” said Nomura. It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the near future as he’ll be making the press tour rounds ahead of release as well.

For the rest of the interview – including a few bits on Kingdom Hearts – head on over to Finaland’s lengthy post.

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  • Unknown

    Glad that Square enix is gonna be more open about this game, hopefully the development is going smoothly and releases late 2014/early 2015.

  • Skye

    Love the car idea! Very interesting information about Stella, She does look more pretty in FFXV E3 trailer. I wish we could learn more about her in the near future.

  • William_Spike

    I suspect it will release in Fall 2015, thats about 18 months after Lightning Returns. anything less than 18 months between two major FF console titles just seems unlikely for SE to me.

  • Billy Jackson

    That’s still too long… :'(

    I had hopes that I would have been playing this last decade.

  • Unknown

    too long, i hear rumors for an insider on gaf (verendus, who has been pretty spot on as of late) says that if development goes smoothly it will come out late 2014

  • LGFFan

    after several years of waiting, ofcourse Noctis is far more clever then Cloud lol

  • 210

    I think I wouldn’t be too happy with a game over if Noctis dies. Hope they’ll stick to the idea of changing that.

  • Mihel

    Not like Cloud was particularly clever in the first place. He was strong, that’s it.
    FF protagonists are never “clever”, usually that role is for secondary protagonists.
    Imo Ignis will be the clever one in the game, as his full name implies.

  • Mihel

    I liked her first face more.

  • Mihel

    I liked her first face more.

  • Asher

    Excellent. I look forward to Tabata’s future appearances.

  • Asher

    I think XV will see the light of day sooner rather than later to be honest.

  • LightningF

    Cloud wasn’t that clever… Noctis is hot and clever lool!

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    I didn’t mind it at first, but honestly I think it’s more fun when you get to control all three characters and are able to solo if the other two go down, including Noctis. I’d like to see a healing mechanic like in Agni’s Philosophy where she still has to take time to patch herself up using magic, so if you are left on your own there’d still be tension in deciding whether to spend time saving a team mate or to go all out and take the boss down on your own.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    I really don’t think her face has changed that much since 2011. The promotional poster art was different I admit, but her in game model seems more or less the same, and she’s still capable of acting mature, despite her younger appearance. As long as she’s still the same character at heart, I’m not worried :)

  • Mihel

    Not since 2011, since her first appareance.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    Oh right, well she’s definitely changed a lot since then. Don’t let it get you down though :) when you’re playing it’s best not to think of what could have been, and hopefully Nomura’s made the right decision and created a character that clicks both in looks and personality.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    By the way when I say don’t think of what could have been, I just mean that old Stella no longer exists in XV and it’s best not to dwell on it, since in terms of lore this is how Stella has always been.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    Always interesting looking at old character concept art though! I preferred Noctis with brown eyes, but I don’t mind so much now that I know his eyes still turn orangey red when he teleports.

  • Mihel

    He looks pretty with blue eyes but I liked him better with brown/yellow eyes too.
    I also like his old outfit more.

    I wonder if this game’s outfits and shoes will be available for purchase after release.

  • Mihel

    I was just talking about her appareance (her face mainly), not her character and personality.
    We know too little about Stella attitude to judge whether she was better now or before.

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    Yea I know, I’m just bored and overthinking things again! Hopefully she won’t disappoint!

  • EX+

    He’s definitely more badass than Cloud. Seriously Noctis and Sora are my favourite characters from SE. They’re too badass and invincible to get killed off.

  • Mihel

    To add to that, Cloud spent 5 years in a coma, so his mental age is actually 5 years younger.
    So that would be 16 years in FFVII and 18 in AC, if I remember correctly.

  • LightningF

    You never know.. SE could pull a trololo and kill them both. Highly unlikely though for Sora 😛

  • EX+

    Sorry I meant in game. Not that I think either of them will die in the story.

  • Pekola

    Did he actually say son? That’s so cute.

    Some of this interview was a bit ehhhhhh, but I’d rather he’d be honest instead of trying to be all cool and mysterious. I’m sure he won’t dissapoint.

    I really hope the party expands from just Noctis and his entourage. I know it’s been said over and over but lol, I really hope there’s some other party members with different clothing and females ect.

  • Sapientia

    I like Cloud a lot, but he seems to be pretty impulsive, and I’m sure Noctis will be a bit, too, judging by the fact that he dismissed the idea of “drawing their fire” or whatever in the XV trailer. It seems the FF characters with spiky hair are my favorite, ha ha.

  • Sapientia

    I don’t trust anyone on NeoGaf. Everyone claims to be an insider, and half the time they don’t have a lot of evidence to back up their claims. Not trying to deter you from thinking what you like, just sayin’. :)

  • Pablo Sanchez

    good point , actually I never thought about it

  • FinalFantisiac

    Define “more clever than Cloud”.

    ???

  • juma086

    “More clever than cloud”

    “Difficult to make girls playable”

    …not sure what this is supposed to mean?

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. It would be good if he would elaborate on ‘clever’, but as for the girl comment I reckon he means he’s already written the storyline with a male cast in mind and it would be difficult to add more playable characters into the mix without detracting from his original vision. We already know of three female characters anyway [Stella, dragoon lady and the dark haired one] and he’s designed countless females in the past. He doesn’t have anything against girls :)

  • TheCandyGiraffe

    I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. It would be good if he would elaborate on ‘clever’, but as for the girl comment I reckon he means he’s already written the storyline with a male cast in mind and it would be difficult to add more playable characters into the mix without detracting from his original vision. We already know of three female characters anyway [Stella, dragoon lady and the dark haired one] and he’s designed countless females in the past. He doesn’t have anything against girls :)

  • Sapientia

    “Retarded Cloud is the best Cloud.”
    I’m sorry, but go look it up. It’s too damn funny. Cloud lost a few years of…mental age (lol) in the Lifestream, I think. I could be talking out of my ass, I dunno.

  • Sapientia

    I tend to think he gives the most care and attention to his females’ designs. Anyone else?

  • juma086

    Well, anybody can be “more clever” than Cloud. Not that he’s stupid but I don’t think he’s really known for his intelligence.

    I just felt it could’ve been worded a little better, lol. Same as the “Difficult to make girls playable” comment.

  • LightningFarron19

    Cloud wasn’t clever planning wise, but he was a smart ass. Remember when he made fun of Barret for getting tired running up the stairs? Or how about when he teased Aerith about her not being good enough to be a SOLDIER? Or when Briggs asked Cloud how he looked and Cloud said “Oh you look SO pretty.”

  • http://www.ffinsight.net/ Tony

    Comments like “Let’s mosey” did it for me to be honest haha.

  • ultromega

    If there’s a reason for Noctis’ red eyes, I wonder if there’s a reason why his hair has a bluish tint to it in the promo artwork.

  • ultromega

    His females’ designs do tend to look more exotic and detailed. If you look at FFXIII alone, Fang, Vanille, and Lightning’s designs/outfits have so much going on.

  • Tom

    “apart of”? That’s that supposed to mean? I’d say “apart from” but I think he was with Square for a long time, not apart…

  • Mihel

    Because it looks cool.

  • Asher

    Yeah, most likely.

  • 210

    Exactly.

  • Farronsama

    I’m sorry but I think there’s a mistranslation either here or the french interview. Cloud has nothing to do in this context. I think he meant “Noctis is clever than Sora” in any case. I’m trying to find some sense on Cloud being mentioned but he’s clearly talking about Sora and Noctis only.

  • FinalFantisiac

    :l

  • Asher

    After rereading that section, I can see why mentioning Cloud in that context seems out of place.

  • Guest

    Perhaps Nomura means Noctis is wittier than Cloud. “Clever” might not have been the best word to use.

  • Asher

    “Clever” might not have been the best word to use. Perhaps Nomura means Noctis is wittier than Cloud.

  • Vince Mikee Veraluna

    Final Fantasy Type 0 English version please :( SE Final Fantasy is part of my childhood and me growing up with FF games. not playing type 0 will make me incomplete :(

  • William_Spike

    You just have to look at previous schedules and you know FF XV is not gonna be out before 2015:

    2009/2010: FF XIII

    2012: FF XIII-2

    2014: Lightning Returns

    see the pattern? about 2 years between each new offline console FF. So you can consider yourself lucky if FF XV comes out 2015, they will NOT release it in the same year as LR. Not gonna happen. i dont think they have never released two offline console FFs that belong to the main series in the same year. 2015. get used to it. And in 2 years I get to tell you “I told you so”

  • Mihel

    Imo he gives more attention to his male designs.
    Attention doesn’t equal the number of details.

  • Sapientia

    Watch out, your face might get frozen like that.
    8D

  • Sapientia

    To you, attention doesn’t equal the number of details. Yet I never said there was a correlation in my first comment, so…It’s all just a matter of opinion. I tend to think his female designs are some of the most eloquent, memorable, badass, whatever in gaming history.

  • Sapientia

    Agreed, agreed. Not that they were bad or anything, but I felt like Sazh, Hope, and Snow’s outfits were kind of “meh” for me, nothing standing out too much. I did like Hope’s Academy outfit in XIII-2, though. As for Snow, just no. xD
    I don’t remember who designed Lightning’s armor, so I can’t peg that one under him.

  • Kyasudai

    If Final Fantasy XV were a brand new project then this schedule would make complete sense.

    A release date in 2015 is pretty much guaranteed, but one in 2014 doesn’t seem impossible, either.

  • charles

    I agree. I think he meant to say “brilliant” in respect to character design. Nomura understands the fame Cloud has generated and takes great pride in that. It is a known fact that Cloud is Nomura’s proudest creation.

  • charles

    dunno I liked that concept in Kingdom Hearts, it gave the hero more importance. Since FFXV’s hero is the prince of a falling nation, it SHOULD be imperative to keep him alive. The only thing I wanted more from Kingdom Hearts was to have control of Donald and Goofy, and FFXV gives you that function – to switch between party members. I actually think the game would benefit from this feature challenge-wise, especially if you ever have to control a supporting party member and Noctis is in danger, gotta help him quick. OR they can make the allowance of Noctis dying the difference between difficulty settings