Oh no, I missed the segment of Square Enix's FFXV presentation by Hashimoto Shinji & Wan Hazmer. Fret not, I got you covered.
HASHIMOTO & WANYou might not know who they are but I will tell you so. Hashimoto Shinji is the Executive Producer of FINAL FANTASY XIII and the latest instalment of FINAL FANTASY series. He has been in the game industry for more than 30 years and join Square Co., Ltd. (currently Square Enix Co. Ltd.) in 1995 (I am only 1 years old at the time). His credits goes on with the list that looks like this – Producer of FINAL FANTASY VIII, Producer of FINAL FANTASY IX, Executive Producer of KINGDOM HEARTS series, Co-Producer of FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN, Producer of FRONT MISSION EVOLVED, and Producer of FINAL FANTASY XV.
Meanwhile, Wan Hazmer is the Lead Designer of FINAL FANTASY XV and he's a game developer in Kuala Lumpur before he moved to work with Square Enix Co. Ltd. in 2010. Well, that is our Malaysian pride. Look at that durian, it speaks for itself.
Fantasy ContinuesThe 25 years adventure of FINAL FANTASY saga was shown in a video presentation. The evolution of FF franchise sure wows the crowd, or at least I am the one that cannot hold my jaw up while viewing it. The timeline of FINAL FANTASY was briefed by Hashimoto himself in speech. From the console we first know to the handheld console, FINAL FANTASY team continues to produce their quality work without losing the roots of it.
FINAL FANTASY XVThe game is no where near complete but a lot of teases are shown to us. FINAL FANTASY XV goes around with 4 characters going on a journey of a road trip-like style. The city that Wan showed us "Lestallum" was inspired by Cuba. He even gave us a first look on THE ART OF LESTALLUM. What else to say, it is incredibly beautiful as we all expected. A video demo of the still developing city of Lestallum even showed to us in a dog's third-person perspective. Lestallum is a fusion of Cuba and the futuristic timeline of FINAL FANTASY to my interpretation with the support of Wan's explanation.
Wan also mentioned he has to input some Malaysian culture to it and voila, we have Teh Tarik in FINAL FANTASY XV. Not only that, satay and roti canai are included. Small thing in the world of FINAL FANTASY VX but those thing takes effort and individuality to produce. These are some of the few Wan could input into a game that is known to every corner of the world. He added these are the only high quality roti canai you can find in a game. I cannot deny that.
FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HDI will not get into this too much. The title of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD already suggested that it is a better version of the previous FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0. In case you did not know, TYPE-0 is a new kind of gameplay where it spinoff the original franchise. Also, Wan Hazmer is the game designer of this game title. When I say a better version, I do not mean it is just a better graphic with the help of today's technology but it has a lot of other improvement in gameplay. For example, the camera angle of third-person is improved the way enemies are not blocked with your character. Besides that, the individual abilities of the characters are tuned to a better gameplay experience.
FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD will be available on 17th March 2015 while FINAL FANTASY XV is coming soon with not actual date being announced. Although we are no where near the completion of FINAL FANTASY XV, we still can have a trial version when you pre-order FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD. Find more about it on http://finalfantasytype0.com/
As you can see, the "Now in Development" just slaps right in our faces for the anticipation of FINAL FANTASY XV but Wan spread another good news - Square Enix is hiring now! Not one but a lot of position that tied to the development of FINAL FANTASY XV. Some positions do not need experience but some do, most of them only need the qualification of secondary graduate or above. You can see how Square Enix cares for the skills instead of other whatnot.
This wraps up most of the important things you need to know from Square Enix presentation in Comic Fiesta 2014. You can read more about my take on Comic Fiesta 2014 DAY 1 (http://goo.gl/gL76ME) & DAY 2 (to be updated) here.