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||Sakaguchi Interview on
FF IX-XI (2/18/00)
In an interview from Ascii publishing, Vice President of Square
co. and Director of the Final Fantasy series Nobuhiko Sakaguchi,
mentioned a few notes on the upcoming Final Fantasy series.
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX is almost completed.
The theme of FF9 is to "return to the old days"
Fantasy, since it is the last digit before entering the ten
digits in the series. Thus so, FF9 will feature symbolic characters/mascots
from the past, such as the Crystal
and the Black Magician
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X is almost complete
as well, with its senario already being
complete. However, screen shots dipicting the scenario were
not shown at the Square Millenium festival since the "Play Online"
was the main goal of attention.
In addition to giving game hints, Final Fantasy X's online services
is also planned to allow players to chat with each other and
sell items (via a bulletin board system).
Sakaguchi mentions that the inspiration came from playing Everquest
at Square's Hawaii branch. Sakaguchi also notes that during
his play in the main game, he could not check its BBS simultaneously,
and business mail also were being unanswered since there was
no notification system. Sakaguchi plans to improve on this for
the system in FFX.
Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy XI will not be playable
as a Stand-alone. That is, the
game cannot be played without Net connection.
Final Fantasy XI will be released simultaneously in the US
and Japan, as well as PC and Console
platform. As the save data will be stored
on one of Square's server, players can continue their
game from anywhere outside as well as home, without the need
to bring around their machine.
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