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Tetsuya Nomura Spent 3 Months Convincing SE

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 15, 2014, 12:44 AM
While Final Fantasy XV was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, director Tetsuya Nomura says it took three months to convince Square Enix to move the project to the next-gen consoles rather than moving it to smartphones.

Many gamers are excited to see what Final Fantasy XV will bring to the table after the disappointment that Final Fantasy XIII brought. Nomura said in an interview with Dengeki about how difficult it was to convince Square Enix not to move the project to the iOS and Android platforms.

“The project came to a standstill in 2011 when I decided to become more ambitious,” explained Nomura, “I wanted more from Final Fantasy and I knew that I would have to make a strong pitch to executives in order to move the game into the next generation. Unfortunately, they had a different definition of next generation that I did not anticipate.”

“One executive told me that this game would work much better on his iPhone,” continued Nomura, “He said in addition to reaching a larger audience, it would be easier to make on the iPhone because people do not expect much from it. I fought back saying that gamers deserve a good game and not some throwaway title that people will forget in a week. I was hit back with charts explaining how much more profitable that throwaway title would be.”

After about a month and a half of fighting with Square Enix executives, it looked like there was no chance for Nomura to win.

“It was very disheartening when some of my staff members started working on microtransactions for Final Fantasy XV,” said Nomura, “I told them that I was not giving up the fight, but they thought I had already lost. After all, I could not convince the executives that the quality of a video game is important. After two months, some of executives started to not care about our meetings. One of them even said that we could have finished Final Fantasy XV on smartphones in those two months and have started work on Final Fantasy XVI.”

Finally, after about three months, Nomura decided to make a final move designed to appeal directly to the executives. He knew there was a way to save Final Fantasy XV without damaging the potential of the game.

“Around the time of our meetings, I learned about a project called Lightning Returns,” recalled Nomura, “I said to the executives that I had a brilliant idea for that game as long as they let me have my Final Fantasy XV. In short, I became a character designer for Lightning Returns and told them that I will make any DLC costumes they want in order to make the game very profitable. I dressed her in some of the most tawdry costumes, but I did not care since it was not my game. Toriyama definitely did not have a problem with it. This is how I secured Final Fantasy XV for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.”

The interviewer then asked Nomura what he learned from this experience to which he replied, “Every time I hear the Angry Birds music, I just want to take that person’s phone away and throw it as hard as I can to the ground.”


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I don't even like how Nomura says that Lightning has tawdry costumes, =.=. Well Lightning have some number of "tawdry" costumes, but Noctis' costume, too. I like his old costume better. But I like his dress suit  >.< And I kinda don't like Prompto's and Cor Leonis' costumes either. :/

Well as for Lightning it just looks kind of OOC [some of her costumes].


Well we can have some conversation going on eh? ^^;


LIGHTNING: So Noctis, it seems you owe me something, for saving your game. [pokes his head]

NOCTIS: [dozing off as he waits for his game, blinked and looks up at her. And was surprised as he saw her wearing some costume that he didn't expect she'll wear *let alone your imagination what costume she's wearing*] ....

LIGHTNING: I wore this to be able to secure your game for PS4 and XboxOne. :/

NOCTIS: ....



Me: I don't even like Nomura's words. It seems he really meant to make Lightning's costume tawdry since he's the one who admitted it. :/

Whatever. But maybe he still should be thankful because of his character, Lightning and the Lightning Returns Project, he able to convince those executive and have secured[as he said] FFXV to PS4 and xbox one and will become next gen. =.=



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SeriesFinalFantasy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I kinda feel touched. Nomura said that he didn't care about Light's costumes because it wasn't his project. Porting XV on smartphones would be a stupid move. I'd prefer if they did it on PC platform. Afterall, even nextgen consoles like PS4 or XboxOne cannot compare to PC because PC gets newer upgrades every day, which means PC platform is stronger than consoles. Just saying.
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BlackMage--Lulu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
You do realise this website is like the gamers version of the onion, right?
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Yes. ^^; but I'm still doubting.
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Merruschka Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TORIYAMA YOU LITTLE HENTAI XDDD Why did Nomura did this? Of course so Toriyama's little perverted imagination of his "precious Lightning" (That'so disgusting if I just imagine...) wanted something to make the game more let'say "vivid" (for his nasty hentai images) so he became what he wanted and made one of the most amaziest protagonists into a barbie doll :3 
There we have it black on white :'D 
Oh shit I can't believe it how right some of us just were in this case. That'so fitting 'cause it's marketng bullshit and I so wouldn't be surprised if square enix stops creating games because from what I see FF 13-2 FF13-3 FF 14, FF 15 now it's all going down. The public doesn't want to see thistuff anymore and if I can say that from FF13-2 they just rolled down badly. FF 13 was enough but no. We needed a sequal for nothing and nothing at all. 
Haha, let them be let them play. 
ANd btw Normura was forced to do this and I guess he didn't like it, that's why he sounds kind of rude. I mean who wouldn't? 
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
hahaha agree! xD toriyama i can't believe have a typing to nomura's design, just because lightning became popular to fans and gave him money. =.= doesn't he have a family yet? But I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't yet.
Anyway tbh, Idk if this news is even true. ^^;
But I agree at what you said, if SE continued this, fans wouldn't be interested in FF anymore, or maybe it could change. Since I tihnk they're trying to make ff next gen. or whatever they call it. Like that Agni's Philosophy looks interesting if they ever made it a game and if so, I think it would be on Ps6 or whatver. lol =.= just look how many years we've waited for ffxv and it became ps4. But I suddenly doubted this news, because: #1. It doesn't sound like SE if they wanted FFXv to be on phone. #2. FF13 was ps3 then versus on phone? it just doesn't sound right. lol that's why I think this news was only made up so ffxv and lr will be a 'talk' and issue on public. and now we're just talking about it. =.= and why would Nomura say such thing on LR right? they should support each other, since they're working on 'one' company and game, Square Enix and Final Fantasy.
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Merruschka Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, of course not... japanese old grandpa... Well we all know what this means :3
It could change or they just go down with creating games because of money loss ~~ 
Well they should start work on it soon or well.. XDD The only solution as 25 years ago DUN DUN DUUUUN
Well, who knows their marketing bullshit it all sounds like pasta to me XD But since I actually give a shit on what they do as long as they finally release some games which are good to play :D I even stopped caring about the stories XDDDD
Of couse they are attention whores those people XDD

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NinaFullMetal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
why would they even make the game for the phone??? I feel like it would take so much memory in the phone tho like this game would look so much better on the PS4 I just hope they keep it that way cause' I have a feeling they're going to change their minds OxO I just wish the game could come out already asdfghjlkgff Rage 
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
haha same here, so I reeally doubt that this news is true. ^^; I just felt kind of irritated the reason I posted this, but as I think it through I suddenly doubted this news. =.=
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The fact Nomura had to resort to Cloud's FF7 costume to help appeal his case tells me he knows damn well how much gamers want a FF7 game. Still, after reading about the executives and their need to make a quick buck, I can understand why Nomura is veeeeery hesitant to even touch FF7 for awhile.
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Tbh, I am not even sure if this news is true or just made up so people will still continue on talking about FFxV and LR, since LR will be out on February. ^^;
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank goodness FFXV didn't go mobile. Otherwise, it would've sucked big time! And glad Nomura convinced SE that FFXV is his idea, not the entire SE!

So Lightning saved Noctis' game, eh? Doesn't that mean Lightning somehow liberated Noctis' world, too?

And I have an idea for your BDay gift for me because of this! We may want to discuss this via PM notes...
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Yes, but I think this is just made up. ^^; so we can talk about it, I suddenly doubt that this is not true, because why would the executives of SE would want FF to be on mobile, while the fftype0 and ffxiii series were on ps3 and psp then versus will be on phone? o.o all of a sudden? just to have ffxiv? it just doesn't sound right. ^^;


er, sure what's your idea? I hope I can do it. ^^
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DWN966KuruMan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your own theory, huh? Not a bad one if you ask me. Yeah, I know it would suck if FFXV is mobile. From the looks of the graphics and the gameplay, it should be for PS4 and X-One. It would rather be unfitting as a mobile phone or tablet app...

It's best we do it over PM Notes... Sounds cool, right?
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LightningFang Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Writer
I have started worrying that perhaps despite how good they're getting, SE (Noumra himself) included is becoming arrogant. I mean if you think about it, Lightning did get Noct and his game out of that jam as far as I can see. I get a headache just thinking and talking about SE going back and forth with blows among each other, which is why I prefer thinking of it as your little Light/Noct moment here does it.

If only it were in real life, I can imagine Lightning wear something out of character for her just so her fellow FF hero Noctis could have his chance to shine. Its better to see it that way than to imagine your favorite gaming company yacking at each other or becoming arrogant. If this keeps up I might have to chance some of my plans when I reach my career goal... :(
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Yes same here that though the idea of Noctis owe something to Lightning is nice. But yeah in "reality" it seems SE has some issues and not a good one. >.< and you said it, 'blowing' but maybe it's just between nomura and the executives. And y'know as for Nomura and the executives what they're doing is 'business' aka 'money' but for us fans, it's different, but maybe Nomura somehow considered us fans the reason he wants and eager to secure his ffxv and y'know he is even the one to think dressing up Lightning. ^^; and Noctis has to pay her. lol
But I just really don't like his[Nomura] words, may this news is true or not. :/

Btw I kinda got confused at what you said your career goal? ^^; I mean what do you mean by that? ): [just a little worried.]
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LightningFang Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Writer
Well what I meant by career goal was, when I learn to make anime in the future. I wanted to work with SE and perhaps ask if I can make an anime of FF and even one with Lightis involved, but happens as a canon like Versus meeting XIII for real and perhaps other ideas, you know? I had wanted to do that since I was younger. But if SE and Nomura keep blowing each other like this I might end up making anime of other things...

Yeah, Lightning would go through shit for her friends, even wearing odd outfits. For us with our shipping goggles on I am sure we can imagine the many things Noct can do to repay Lightning X33


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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Omg, your goal is so cool!!! I wish you reach it and made LighTis known to the world and SE!!!!:la: :iconinloveplz:
Tbh, I don't think this news is true, I think it's made up so people can still talk about versus and also LR since LR will be out on February. 
Because why would the executives want versus on phone when the game looks cool right? And they should even support each other since they're working on a same company and same game titles. >.< And why will they [exec.] only want versus on phones while FFxiii series is on ps3 and fftype0 is on psp, it's just unfair. Just because they want ffxiv? It just doesn't sound right to me. ^^; 


hahaha yeah, I wonder how Noctis will 'repay' Lightning for wearing those costumes just for his game's sake. XDDD
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LightningFang Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Writer
Well I hope so. And I do intend to have my goal happen in the future. Just hope SE is humble enough to listen.
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Yeah. >.< 
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LightningFang Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Writer
And speaking of which, I am sure Noctis can find ways to...repay Lightning for her selfless help ;P
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Big Fool Emoji-06 (Blush) [V2] yyyyeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hihihi!!!! Lightning sure can't resist Noctis and will do "everything" for his sake!!! Saving her "future love" secretly. ;3333 Bunny Emoji-20 (Loving it) [V1] 
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
XDD now we can all imagine exactly /how/ Noctis is gonna pay Lightning back :D ;D
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
:dance:YEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!:la:Noctis owed something for Lightning. ;33333 And maybe thinking it that way, will somehow lessen my irritation about what I read, may this be true or not. >.<
I wonder [in my fangirl mind] how Noctis will pay Lightning back. X33333
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Noctis: You wore...this...to save my game?

Lightning: ...Yes.

Noctis: ... *thinking* Holy ****** she's so hot omg I can't stop looking at her >//.///<

Lightning: Noct?

Noctis: *coughs* um, wow.  I mean, thank you.

Lightning: Hmph.  *crosses arms*

Noctis: How about I...help you out of that?

Lightning: .........

Noctis: And into something more appropriate! That's what I meant! I'll help you into something more appropriate!

Lightning: *narrows eyes at him*

Noctis: *puts hands on her waist* *whispers in her ear* c'mon Light, I'm not Toriyama.  But if you're already wearing this, we can at least have some fun, right?

Lightning: ......>///////< smooth talker.  You've been learning from Prompto.

XDD or something like that, LOL.

Hey, you know, I just had a thought, but both Lightning and Noctis let their friends call them by shortened versions of their names :D

Lightning tells her friend to call her "Light" and Noctis's friends call him "Noct"

....

A;LDJFAL;SJFASLD;JKFLASD;KJFL;ASDKJF OMG THIS OTPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!
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Ruminesca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG i'm been having pretty much the same convo in my head when i read this. I mean c'mon Light became the savior of FFXV by wearing really weird outfits (but hey some are awesome too like L'ange Noir and the nice hommage to FFVII and FFX/X-2 ). 
That's indeed a big sacrifice considering it's Lightning Farron!!!

.... gawd now i feel like illustrating their little scene!!! Spazattackplz 
UGH my feeeeeeeeeeeels Kyouko Toshinou (Sparkle Nose Bleed) [V1] 
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
doooo it!!!!! omg, please illustrate it!!! if Noctis's XNALara model were available, I would've done it myself!!!
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Ruminesca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES SIR! I'm on it! :D


hehehehe yeah I also hope they make a decent Noctis' XNALara model as soon as possible >.<
Can you imagine what crazy things we would do with them? The Monkey With the Nosebleed 
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
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I cannot wait!!!!!!11!!1!


XDD!! Oh, I definitely know what kind of crazy things I'm gonna do with him and Lightning XDD!!
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
OMG!!! >////< I love the conversation. LOL :iconinloveplz:
Prompto have taught Noctis well, but he must be careful not to get punched by her!!! XDDDDDD

Oh goodneesss!!!!! MY PRECIOUS OTP!!!!:iconcryforeverplz:

i wonder what costume you imagine she's wearing. hihi. XP
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
LOOL, I can totally see Prompto flirting with Lightning just to tease Noctis, and Lightning punching him cause he's annoying her XDD

hehe I was thinking either Misty Wizard or coral mermaid :D

(she looks seriously hot in both, but they're soo OOC for her!!!)
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
OOh. haha I agreee those costumes doesn't suit her well. lol. XDD
Mist Wizard: link
Coral mermaid: link

And they look almost the same, the color is the only difference. ^^; XDDD lol

And yeah just imagine if Noctis suddenly saw Lightning as he woke up wearing 'such' costumes: [in his mind]:iconpervplz: [his expression]O/////o
hahahaha, The reason he tried using Prompto's  advices on getting a woman, lol.

Noctis: [even if he really find Lightning hawt]... i-it doesn't suit you. [>////< can't look at her]
Lightning: [ D///:<  felt embarrassed and formed her hand on a tight fist but can't punch him.] I.don't. care!!! Do you think I like thiS? You'll have to pay me. XDDDDD
Noctis: [wild imagination runs in his mind] O/////o

and omg, I could imagine how Prompto's face will be like after receiving a great punch from Lightning. XDDD and maybe Noctis will even be happy because Prompto can't get Lightning flirt with him. XDDD
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
That's true, omg, I didn't realize that when I was looking at them XD

Okay, but just imagine what Noctis would think if he saw her wearing this: static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__c… just maybe in pink?? XDD omg, I don't think he'll survive once he sees that tail!!!!!

oh man, I can just imagine exactly how Noctis will "repay" Lightning XDD!

and omg can you just imagine noctis getting super annoyed if prompto would start flirting with lightning??? he would just be making a ">(" face the entire time!! XD
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
:iconpervplz: OMGasdfghjkl!!!!!!!!!! that is so mindblowing!!!!!!!!! XDDDDDDDD
Omg, I'm sure Noctis 1000000xxxxx HP will instantly go to 0 once he saw Lightning wearing that, or maybe when Lightning wears that as she told him that he's gonna repay. lol. >/////<

And yes I'm sure he'll go all "):<" when Prompto try to flirt with his beautiful Lightning.
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Some of Lightning costumes are indeed a bit… 'odd' to say the least. But for the most part the homage to older Final Fantasies are indeed somewhat of a blessing. But it is rather odd seeing Lightning in Cloud's costume and even stranger in Yuna's outfits(X/X-2). I'm still a bit astonished though that THAT was what kept FFXV in Nomura's hands.
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
haha same here, y'know. ^^; i don't find her costumes all tawdry I just don't like how Nomura described it. >.< And same here it shocked me knowing that lightning got a chance to wear those costumes just for ffxv. ^^; and maybe we should expect ffxv in the future, rathr noctis having costumes as well. :/
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Though there is no argument on my end when some of Claire's outfit isn't to my liking. Some are indeed out of character while some are just adhering to the 'WTF' idea. But yes, for the sake of FFXV I guess that isn't such a bad idea; and again homage is always appreciated. Nostalgia in Hi Def on a "pretty soldier(punnnnn!)" like Lightning. 

But definitely. I've been waiting for FFXIII Versus-now-FFXV for a while now. I've been enamored with the game ever since it showed Noctis; something about him is just… 'inspiring'. =D
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
hahaha same here, tbh, I don't understand some of her costumes though, and 
Yes!!!:love:Noctis!!! >////< lol

tbh, I don't even know if this news is true or not. ^^; I just felt kind of irritated after I read this, the reason I posted this.
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's the first I have heard of this news and it sparked the need for me to rant. lol. =P I'm sure you'll keep us posted if there are more solid facts in regards to this. Just for now, we are in dire need of a release date with FFXV as it is or at least more trailers and information! 

I won't say I'm as excited with Lightning Returns as I am with FFX/X-2 HD(an avid FFX fan), but I'm sure it will sate some of my FF hunger. =) But there might be something noteworthy with that game past the aesthetics and Lightning. 
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unknownimouz15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
haha yeah, it's SE's fault for making us wait for versus sooo long and the reason every news on versus [may it be crack or not] was believed in. ^^;
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