Final Fantasy XV’s director Hajime Tabata has said that Square Enix has become infected with a Final Fantasy disease, a name given to the issue where staff at the studio can only see their vision for the game and believe other routes are wrong. The point came from a discussion Tabata had with Tekken’s producer Katsuhiro Harada for the site 4Gamer.
“Since the root is a strong self-affirmation, one’s own view of Final Fantasy takes more priority than the team’s success. If that view of Final Fantasy isn’t fulfilled, then they’re convinced that it’s bad for Final Fantasy. They think, ‘Since Final Fantasy is a special team, then we are also special because we are making it. When the new Final Fantasy comes out, everybody is going to be so into it.’ But that’s not the reality of the situation, is it?”
Tabata goes on to say he told the team to wake up and that they weren’t a special group. However he felt that this Final Fantasy disease is in the fanbase too. He believes that if Final Fantasy XV didn’t modernise for the times then the series itself could be in real jeopardy.