Square Enix revealed of their possible intentions of outsourcing their prized Final Fantasy franchise to their western dev team at Eidos. Responsible for the legendary Deus Ex series, Eidos has been selected as a possible candidate to develop an incoming Final Fantasy title. Lightning Returns gameplay director Yuji Abe has tossed the idea around throughout the studio, and LR:FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama has even agreed that Eidos could be trusted to deliver a game that would meet their expectations. Toriyama states that:
“The whole thing about the Final Fantasy series is that for every iteration, for every game we do, we have a very different game… so the development team is also different every time, so that there’s different ideas and different concepts driving it.”
Honestly, Final Fantasy is starting to wear old, especially with Square Enix’s fixation on Lightning and Final Fantasy XIII. Looking back at other companies’ attempts at outsourcing series to western devs has proven fruitful. Need I remind you how Nintendo went to Retro Studios and received one of the best turnarounds in video game history? Outsourcing Final Fantasy to a western dev could breath new life into the series and freshen it up to the point of me caring about it again. I’m not expecting immaculate Final Fantasy 6/X/Crystal Chronicles levels of work, but in all honesty, when you look at Deus Ex, you really don’t see Eidos doing anything as bad as Final Fantasy VIII.
Or they could get around to just making a Deus Ex television series like I’ve been waiting for.