One thing that I hear non-gamers joke about constantly is the name “Final Fantasy”. They always laugh and think themselves very clever as they declare “Final Fantasy what? Guess it wasn’t the final one! Bwa ha!” And then they chortle more and eat ham or something.
But in the end, as clearly as they don’t get it, it does beg the interesting question: just how far are those crazy Square Enix kids going to milk this franchise? Surely, there’s got to be a point where you say “enough is enough”. Not so, according to producer Shinji Hashimoto.
In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Shinji declared:
The term ‘Final’ in the title doesn’t mean ‘last,’ but the teams behind it see it as a term for ‘ultimate,’ and as long as there are creators that are wanting to make Final Fantasy games, we will probably keep going.
As obvious as it may seem to some that they’re going to keep going, I always figured they’d at least say to themselves around, oh, I don’t know, FF XXX that maybe they should re-name their series or something. Personally, I’ve always been of the opinion that they should split and go two directions, one that leans science fiction (FF VII, VIII, X, etc) and one that leans more to traditional fantasy (IX, IX, IX, IX).
What do you guys think?