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Kitase + Toriyama Talk Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD

June 12th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

On today’s Square Enix Presents stream from E3, Square Enix talked with Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII staff provided new details on the original development and ongoing development of the HD remasters.

When asked about why the team chose to develop Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remasters, Kitase said that previous Final Fantasy’s before FFX can be played on current hardware through PSN and so on, but since most PlayStation 3 consoles can’t play PS2 titles, the team decided to remaster both titles for the platform. Event director Motomu Toriyama said that during the original Final Fantasy X his child was born, and that he can appreciate it differently as a father because of Tidus and Jecht’s relationship.

In Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Kitase said he hopes that international fans will enjoy the Creature Create system that will allow them to recruit monsters into their party that was originally included in Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission. In today’s world, Kitase commented that handhelds and mobile devices are more apt to deliver console experiences, and highlighted the PlayStation Vita version of the HD remasters.

On experience that will help them develop Final Fantasy titles over the years, Toriyama said that Square Enix needs to keep better track of development data so that should they develop remastered titles in the future that they have access to all the assets. Since the current gen HD-developed Final Fantasy titles uses more tool-based development, Toriyama wants to see a return where Final Fantasy has more input and flavor from the project leads.

When asked about what current Final Fantasy game elements could be interesting in Final Fantasy X, both developers commented. The game concept of Final Fantasy X was “journey”, and with regard to Lightning Returns, a concept of time running out in Final Fantasy X would have been interesting. Kitase suggested a open-word Final Fantasy X.

When asked if a Final Fantasy X movie would ever be considered, Toriyama told scenario writer Kazushige Nojima that if he were to write something to top Final Fantasy X he would have to win an Academy Award. Nojima took it rather hard, and eventually left the company (to freelance as Stellavista). Kitase said that since Final Fantasy X’s scenario was much like a full-fledged movie, and the game was a stepping stone to more cinematic titles with camera-work and cutscenes.

On the subject of a Final Fantasy X prequel with Braska, Jecht, and Auron, director Toriyama commented that when production of Final Fantasy X started, the team thought about a “Final Fantasy X-0″ involving the characters. The concept of an all-male cast didn’t particularly resonate, but the sequel Final Fantasy X-2 eventually included all female characters with Yuna, Rikku, and Paine.

Would the team consider a Blitzball stand-alone game perhaps for mobile devices? Kitase said that he like the idea with regard to a touchscreen and would put it into consideration.

Yoshinori Kitase commented that the team are still making tweaks to character model faces and animations so that they are true to the original game. The original voice cast has re-recorded a scene in the game, but fans will have to look for it as it’s being kept a secret!

For fans that want to experience Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD with Japanese voices, Kitase commented that they are sorry that they are not able to accommodate that request. ROM capacity on the Vita was cited as the reason that the games will have region-specific voice acting.

The difficulty of bosses and collecting Celestial Weapons have not been altered, so although they are difficult, Kitase says that since players were able to obtain them in the original version they should be able to obtain them the same way in the HD remaster.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD’s release date should be disclosed soon, per Kitase, but he appreciates fans’ patience. The release date will likely be tied to an event as it will need some time to “bring out” or promote the game when they are ready to announce particulars.

Kitase closes off his comments by saying that he hopes that fans are moved once again by Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD, and that new players will discover the story and origin of Tidus and Yuna if they played as them in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Toriyama commented that since Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy with voice over, he hopes that fans enjoy the full voices with a game in full HD quality.

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  • “When asked if a Final Fantasy X movie would ever be considered, Toriyama told scenario writer Kazushige Nojima that if he were to write something to top Final Fantasy X he would have to win an Academy Award. Nojima took it rather hard, and eventually left the company (to freelance as Stellavista). ”

    my sides…

  • rattyinc

    “The original voice cast has re-recorded a scene in the game, but fans will have to look for it as it’s being kept a secret!”
    Definitely the awkward laughing scene.

  • Chris

    Toriyama you fool…..

    Fascinating read though I must say.

  • anony

    I guess there some bs toriyama in this interview this stuff but it is interesting. Nomjima should deserve alot of credit for story than toriyama.
    Glad that nomura idea making remaster for this game