Square announces Final Fantasy 12
FF11 for PC, FF 7-9 for the PS2, FF2-3 for the WSC, etc
Photograph from old interview, 3/17/00
In the Business strategy meeting for analysts held today in Tokyo, Japan (1/22/01)
, Square has released a number of announcements in regards to their future
projects. Next-generation portable & console machines, movie & TV
entertainment, and merchandising from Final Fantast related items will be
the key center to Square's focuses. The following are particular notes from
1- Final Fantasy XII
Square's next project in the Final Fantasy line-up, Final Fantasy XII (12)
has already begun in development. Unlike Final Fantasy XI which will be sold
as an online service, Final Fantasy XII will be sold as a retail package software.
Directors for the Final Fantasy XII will include Hiromichi
Tanaka (Chrono Cross) and Kouichi Ishii
2- Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XI (11), scheduled for sale as an online service, will also
be sold for PC as well.
Directors for the Final Fantasy XI will include Yasumi
Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics) and Hiroyuki
Itou (Final Fantasy IX).
3- Final Fantasy X
Square plans to release Final Fantasy X in the US
and Europe in November, following the Japanese release in July.
Square aims to sell 3 - 3.5 million copies
in Japan (formerly aimed at 2.5 million), 1.4-1.8 million in the US, and 1.2-1.5
million in Europe.
4- Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9 to be released for Playstation 2
Final Fantasy XII, XIII and IX -originally created for the Playstation, will
be ported to the PlayStation 2 system. Changes in details are not yet known.
5- Final Fantasy 2, 3 to be released for WonderSwan Color
Final Fantasy II and III, originally released in the Famicom (NES), will be
ported to the Wonderswan Color.
6- Final Fantasy 4, 5, 6 scheduled to be ported to an unnamed portable
Quoted by Vice President of Square Hironobu Sakaguchi, "Final Fantasy
4 - 6, technological wise, cannot move on the WonderSwan Color". While
a specific portable game machine's name was not quoted at the meeting, GameBoy
Advanced -created by Nintendo co. which Square has had differences
in the past with, has been hinted to as the target. Square CEO Hisashi Suzuki
quotes "We are doing whatever effort is needed, in order to release the
games on it."
7- An original Final Fantasy scheduled for a portable system
Vice President Sakaguchi also noted that a new, original
Final Fantasy may be released for a next-generation portable game
system. Sakaguchi denied from pointing any specific game machine name.
8- Movies to be created by Square, fully funded by movie companies
As the funds for producing the movies will mount up, affiliated movie companies
will fully fund the productions. Square will be liable for the actual production
of the movies.
In total, Square announced to concentrate on 12
new line-ups and 11 remakes, totaling to a number of 23 products. Square CEO
Hisashi Suzuki quotes; "The fact must be accepted
that middle-rank games are no longer selling these days..."
"this year, we will use the brand name of 'Final
Fantasy' to its full extent.", - a few of which is the planned
animation, and merchandising of character related items tied to the Final
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