Development of Final Fantasy XV didn’t go easily. According to public information, the sport began life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII below the steerage of Tetsuya Nomura earlier than it was rebooted in 2012 as Final Fantasy XV and transferred to the course of Hajime Tabata. However, it looks as if there’s extra to the story than that. Former Eidos Montreal Art Director Jonathan Jacque-Belletête has stated the developer was as soon as engaged on a Final Fantasy recreation, tentatively titled Project W, as the primary western studio to deal with a mainstream Final Fantasy recreation.
What we find out about Final Fantasy Project W
Rumors of Eidos Montreal’s involvement within the Final Fantasy franchise have been round for just a few years, however solely now has anyone concerned with the challenge gone on report. Jacque-Belletête informed TrueAchievements that they tried to “do Final Fantasy XV” earlier than it was despatched again to Japanese studios:
[Eidos-Montréal] introduced again Deus Ex. I used to be the artwork director on that — Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Then [I was] the chief artwork director on Mankind Divided. Then we tried to do Final Fantasy XV. Then they determined to carry it again to Japan — which I feel was a giant mistake, but it surely’s nonetheless the reality. Ours was actually, actually cool.
Jacque-Belletête’s timeline is barely awry however the remainder is seemingly true in response to an investigation by Youtuber Super Bunnyhop just a few years in the past. After the profitable launch of Deus Ex: Human Revolution in 2011, Eidos Montreal needed to make an RPG that was closely impressed by Final Fantasy. At some level, the sport’s idea was an thought to make Final Fantasy XV and the crew entered into talks with former Square Enix President Yoichi Wada. He gave his blessing for the crew the work on what could be generally known as Project W.
Eidos Montreal created planning, artwork, and primary recreation design for Project W. The recreation could be an area opera RPG with facets of Final Fantasy that western followers discovered interesting, solely area could be made out of fractals. A brand new recreation engine would be capable of deal with seamless landings and takeoffs between planets. The most important protagonist would have searched the universe in search of his misplaced love curiosity referred to as Nova, however they’d then meet a feminine warrior that might start a love triangle, creating rigidity between the trio as they went on their journey.
The thought was pitched at a gathering with Japanese executives in 2012 however was rejected and growth went again to Japan. Project W then turned generally known as Project Nova and managed to outlive for an additional yr earlier than it was quietly canceled. Publishers like Sony and Microsoft weren’t keen to take the danger on such an bold and costly challenge. Eidos Montreal went on to seek out success with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as an alternative.
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