Final Fantasy fans have many reasons to be optimistic with the direction of the franchise in 2012, after a somewhat disappointing Final Fantasy XIII and shocking Final Fantasy XIV PC launch threatened to cast a big shadow over the company which could once do no wrong.
Square-Enix are now preparing to release their follow-up to Final Fantasy XIII, with an immediate XIII-2 sequel, and it is a game that is looking to correct the mistakes that XIII made and once again put a smile back on the fans of faces after a disappointing 2011. Final Fantasy XIII was heavily criticized for its linearity, and although FFXIIX-2 will introduce the controversial element of DLC to a Final Fantasy game for the first time, early reviews coming out of Japan suggest that it is a game well worth waiting for when it hits the US and Europe towards the end of next month and early February.
With the ongoing question mark regarding Final Fantasy Versus XIII aside, the upcoming remake of a much-loved classic in Final Fantasy X should give fans an indication that the company are trying to return back in favor with fans, and although it may not be the infamous Final Fantasy VII remake that ‘everyone’ wants, it is still a great prospect to look forward to since FFX remains one of the best games in the history of the franchise in many gamers eyes.
We have recently heard that Square-Enix has issued a statement, once again confirming that the re-release of Final Fantasy X will be a proper ‘remake’ and not a HD remaster of any sort that we often see with many games today. Development is thought to still be at a very early stage, but the thought of Square-Enix remaking this from scratch and putting real effort into the game will be met with delight by fans who are hanging on to hope that better things will follow FFX.
Considering the fact that the company are remaking Final Fantasy X and not just giving this a HD remake shows that the company still have what it takes to deliver a quality game, and who’s to say that they won’t go on and remake Final Fantasy VII, FFVIII and FFIX in the future. Those games are obviously the cream of the crop as far as every Final Fantasy fan is concerned and it would be easy money if they did choose to remake them. The possibilities are endless as well if they do go down this route – it will be interesting to see if they add any new content to Final Fantasy X, or just build the game up on PS3 and Vita using the same content from the PS2 game.
How excited are you for the future of Final Fantasy after hearing that FFX will be a true remake? Do you think it is possible that we will finally see remakes of FFVII and other classic titles in the franchise?