In a recent interview with GameSpot, Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV, spoke at length about his plans for his next project in the Final Fantasy series. Although he’s not sure if he wants his next game to feature an open world, Tabata has said that he wants to at least imitate the feeling of an open world game, as he wanted players to get the “overall experience” of playing in a massive world. This “overall experience” would be heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which Tabata calls a “very polished” and “almost a perfect game.”
Tabata apparently hasn’t played Breath of the Wild himself; rather, these comments are based on the high praise of the game that he has heard from his staff.
Here are Tabata’s full comments regarding the open world of his next project:
“It’s hard to say at this point if the entire game is gonna be based on an open world. But I would say that the overall experience that users get from playing in a massive area, that overall game experience is something that we’re gonna make sure is in the next project as well.
“I’ve heard a lot from the dev team and their reactions to having played it. But just from hearing the stories and the feedback, you know, we can tell that it’s a really complete game. It’s very polished, almost a perfect game in that regard. And our goals are probably to take that experience that players felt with Breath of the Wild, but with our own technology and our own know-how.
“We have in our disposal to create a very, very high-quality game with a strong visual element to it, while creating a world that’s really immersive and really beautiful. That’s probably our goals in terms of what we want to be with our next project.” — Hajime Tabata
What do you guys think? Did you enjoy the open world of Final Fantasy XV, and do you think Final Fantasy could learn from the polished open world of Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments below!