E3 2013: What If Final Fantasy XV Was a Musical?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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If Tetsuya Nomura had his way, Final Fantasy XV might have become the first musical Final Fantasy ever, joining the ranks of other musical RPGs like Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure and Antiphona no Seikahime: Tenshi no Gakufu Op.A. (No, Eternal Sonata does not count.)

In an interview, Nomura reveals himself to be a bit of a cinephile. Recently, Nomura saw the movie Les Misérables, and, like most of us, was moved by the performances of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The very next day, he went to work and tried to convince everyone to change Final Fantasy XV into a musical. Unfortunately (?), he was unable to convince the higher-ups at Square Enix to go along with his vision.

Game developers have always been swayed by the most mundane of things to put into their games. Story has it that Shigeru Miyamoto was inspired to create Wii Fit after he bought a new bathroom scale. Douglas Wilson created Johann Sebastian Joust to prove that moving really slowly is awesome. Creating a game that doubles as a musical is not out of the realm of the reasonable. Warren Spector gave a go at it only recently. Still, the idea of a Final Fantasy musical game does feel a bit off. Or do people who think so simply lack vision? What do you think?

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  • Johnson Cameron

    Alright Tetsuya Nomura is just trolling everyone right now lol.

  • Baltheus

    But what about Rhapsody? Does that not count too?

    • Cadwr

      My first thought as well.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    I am seriously hoping this was just a joke on his part,

    The fact Les Miserables moved him so much is a little bit frightening, as well as how he tried to make XV a musical. I always saw XV as more like Romeo and Juliet mixed with The Godfather.

    I’m still doing a double take on that last bit.
    Please leave the music to Shimomura instead. That Kh2 Atlantica level still gives me the creeps.

  • Oscar Tong

    There was “Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure” for the PS1.

  • Mirthful Escrimeur

    As much as I love Les Miserables, no. Please no.

  • DWraySweZ

    taking final fantasy even further from its roots… please let it end… its no longer final fantasy but kingdom hearts without the disney characters. im going to play X when its released.

  • prometheus126

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy doesn’t count?