Remember the extensive NVIDIA GeForce leak from 2021 which revealed a large number of unannounced games in development? Well, one of the titles which leaked was Fantasy Tactics Remaster from Square Enix. Ichiro Hazama and Masanobu Suzui the producer and director behind Theatrhythm Final Bar Line were recently interviewed by Finaland and subsequently revealed that the Final Fantasy Tactics team is “incredibly busy at the moment.” This has led to much speculation online that the team is busy finishing off work on the Fantasy Tactics Remaster.
Our question concerns the casting of the game and notably the absence of main characters. It is now the 6th anniversary in Japan and we’re still missing characters such as Rikku, Red XIII, many characters from FINAL FANTASY TACTICS and FINAL FANTASY XIV. Is there a reason for this, can we hope to see them one day?
Hazama: I think I can sort of explain the situation. Regarding FINAL FANTASY TACTICS characters and why most of them are not in the game yet, it is essentially similar to what we do with Theatrhythm. This is a title coming with the whole series, involving characters and stories for every single one of them. What we really don’t want to do with these kinds of games like Opera Omnia and Theatrhythm is just to do Final Fantasy how we think it is, how we think it should be. We have to check with the staff who are responsible for each of the individual titles.
For example if it is related to FINAL FANTASY VII, we have to go to talk with Nomura-san to check, for FINAL FANTASY TACTICS, it is the team who owns Tactics, we have to talk to them. There are different people among the company who own those games, who made them. We have to talk about the characters, what kind of abilities they should have, how they should behave in the game, how they should be portrayed, this kind of performance. We need to check all that, we just don’t want to do it ourselves.
The Tactics team is incredibly busy at the moment, they have other things to do. They are heavily involved in another project at the moment so we just don’t have time to talk to them. I think that’s probably why more TACTICS characters haven’t been included in the game, we just need time to find out the details. I think that’s what is going on, at the very least with Tactics characters. I’m sure they will put them into the game, Fujiwara-san wants TACTICS, I know that.
I would buy that in a heartbeat, I absolutely loved Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on GBA but never played the 1 on Playstation 1. Would be a good way to finally play it.
‘could be’ is not a definitive answer, its an assumption.
Uhm yeah….I know?
Enjoyed Final Fantasy Tactics as well
FFTA and FFTA2 are my favorite games and I’ve been waiting for so long for a game that are up to it. But what does “remaster” mean ? Is it just better graphics etc ? or will we have new quests/stories ?