Octopath Traveler Producer Has No Intention to Return to Final Fantasy

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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In an interview with Eurogamer, Octopath Traveler producer Tomoya Asano had some interesting snippets to share about the latest JRPG from Square Enix as well as future plans from his subsidiary Business Division 11.

Firstly, he implies that Business Decision 11 may not be a Switch-exclusive division.

“As you may know at first the team was just the Bravely Default team, it was just a development team and not a division. But because the game did well and sold well we became a special division. Yes, we worked on Octopath Traveler and we’re working on Switch titles, but that doesn’t mean we’re only working on Switch titles.”

Secondly, he confirms that there will be no DLC for Octopath Traveler as well as discusses the possibility of Octopath Traveler becoming a franchise.

“We really want the first concept we sell at full price to be 100 per cent of the game so there won’t be any DLC in the future. As for Octopath as a series, it depends on the sales – if the players like the game it could be an opportunity, yes. But it’s still not out yet, so we’ll see!”

Finally, he discusses whether he will ever return to the Final Fantasy series.

“To tell the truth I’ve no intention and no wish to go back to the Final Fantasy franchise. After my studio became a division, and Square told us to make new IPs. There’s no need and no intention to go back to Final Fantasy. A lot of people ask us to do a remake of Final Fantasy 6 with this kind of graphics. My role, though, is to make new ideas.”

The whole interview is worth reading if you are interested and  you can heck it out here.

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