Square Enix has formed a Final Fantasy committee to ensure series quality By Erren Van Duine on October 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

In an effort to bolster the quality of the Final Fantasy series going forward, Square Enix has deemed it necessary to bring together some of the franchise’s top creators in what they’re calling the “Final Fantasy Committee.”

According to a report by FF-Reunion, the committee will be headed by Yoshinori Kitase, Hajime Tabata, Naoki Yoshida and Motomu Toriyama. Details remain sparse, but their meetings will take place to ensure the quality of the FF series going forward. Long time series character designer and now director of Final Fantasy XV Tetsuya Nomura, however, appears to be separate from this initiative as his priorities lie within his ongoing schedule elsewhere.

Previously, Kitase worked on titles such as Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII, X, the XIII series as well Crisis Core and FF Type-0. Hajime Tabata directed FF Type-0, Crisis Core, Before Crisis and is now co-director alongside Nomura for the upcoming FFXV. Naoki Yoshida’s talents are still quite new to the series, but he dragged FFXIV from the path of irrelevancy and turned it around in a near impossible feat. Motomu Toriyama has also been working on the series since Final Fantasy VII, although he is more well-known for his involvement in titles such as FFX, X-2 and the FFXIII trilogy.

Other Final Fantasy directors such as Akitoshi Kawazu (Final Fantasy II and XII), Takashi Tokita (FFIV), Hiroyuki Ito (Final Fantasy VI and XII) remain largely absent for reasons currently unknown.

  • Dr. Hunky Jimpjorps

    What you have to remember is that this is just an advisement committee. It’s still going to be up to the actual directors of their own games to ensure their quality. I wouldn’t worry too much about Toriyama having much editorial control over upcoming mainline games; I really think this committee is to prevent more brand-killing mistakes like Final Fantasy All The Bravest from getting released.

  • conservativecorgi

    Well, hopefully they will just prevent Toriyama from directing any more games at all.
    Haven’t read a lot about All The Bravest… It might just be another attempt at making easy money by S-E. Can’t blame them for that, I gotta admit.

  • juan david posada

    Here is my problem: I really liked final fantasy xiii, but at the same time I hate it and I hate Toriyama. This is not because I think the game was bad, but because it is responsable for puting FF saga in risk. I guess i don’t want him for being in this team beacause of this (sorry for spelling)

  • Nathan Verbois

    The biggest problem with All The Bravest was the lack of any real gameplay and the almost immediate need to make in app purchases to gain more content, of which you had no real control. You randomly got characters from previous games, so you couldn’t even pick your favorites. For all the hate Toriyama gets, Nomura was one of the producers on this game. Everybody has bad days and everybody makes some really bad choices now and again. Keep in mind, that while you guys hate Toriyama, quite a few people love FFXIII and therefore Toriyama.

  • Erren Van Duine

    It was just a brief news bit from a magazine. They didn’t go into further detail.

  • Charile

    Oh yeah, I actually did care about your crying also I’m not “no one” so I care see the Joke? Anyways yeah I feel your pain bro now I believe you need a translator because I doubt they’ll understand you when you start crying when you try to tell him about this big mistake they are doing. If you don’t like this how about you change it, or go on Petition.org or something.

  • Sir Christopher McFarlane

    No Nomura, please.

  • YamiNoBahamut

    Actually, they’re mostly listening to Japanese fans, who DO want another XIII game. Remember, Square is a Japanese company, and as such it’s much more likely to listen to it’s home fans

  • BoBeh

    Toriyama…….. sigh

  • Mihel

    For all the hate Toriyama gets, Nomura was one of the producers on this game.

    Nomura never does anything wrong ever.

  • SykraS

    Why not you haven’t even played final fantasy XV yet. It might be the best FF yet it could save the franchise, possibly get us a FF7 remake.

  • Nathan Verbois

    Hah! Of course not.

  • Pirata

    your opinion is terrible.

  • Russel Dark

    U dont get a say BC that was ur first final fantasy thats not right we have played it since the earlier ones and if u would have played 7 or 6 or 9 or so u would b right here with us complainning knowing it lacks

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