Square Enix CEO: Each Final Fantasy is 'Essentially a New IP'

Square Enix CEO: Each Final Fantasy is 'Essentially a New IP' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 December 2017 / 1,852 Views

Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda spoke with MCV in the latest digital issue about the Final Fantasy franchise. Despite having so many games in the series, he feels each new game is a new IP.

"For Final Fantasy, it’s a little bit different, they have numbers on them, but they’re essentially all new IPs in their own way," said Matsuda. "Everything about them is different each time."


"It’s something that we have to keep doing really, we have to keep making new games," he added talking about sequels. "With development teams being so much bigger than they used to be, it’s not easy to create massive IPs at that level, but it’s something that we have to keep trying to do otherwise things get staid."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Mr Puggsly (on 11 December 2017)

Not really but I get their logic. New IPs dont keep using content or enemy designs from previous IPs.

Mar1217 (on 12 December 2017)

Stop using Chocobos and maybe we'll be able to dialog around this subject.

Azzanation (on 12 December 2017)

Yes but no.

Ljink96 (on 11 December 2017)

Final Fantasy XV-2 incoming...ugh. Why did they do this to Final Fantasy? What ever happened to just making a good, solid JRPG and moving on? I guess we still have bastions like Dragon Quest, etc.

Harkins1721 (on 11 December 2017)

Its not coming.

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AlfredoTurkey (on 12 December 2017)

Why? Simple. Games now cost a lot more money than they did up until FFX. Square wants to make as much off each R&D cycle as possible so they milk the hell out of each release.

I agree that they should just move on. But they're in this for money and money alone. And we all know how money corrupts art.

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The Fury (on 12 December 2017)

FF15-2 will arrive because they want to get money back from development. It's just a shame that they don't realise that FF16 will sell more and make more money than a sequel for a game many people either didn't like or didn't even buy. I have no interest in FF15 or anything FF15 related. I have big interest in FF16 and if they can make an FF game like FF again. They aren't doing that so my money stays in my pocket, not theirs. Only those who like FF15 will be interested in a sequel to it yet every FF fan will be interested in FF16.

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