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‘Final Fantasy Tactics’ Director Says Death May Push Him to Revisit the Franchise

  • FF Tactics or Ogre Battle title possible.
  • Ramza could return, according to canon.


In an interview with Dengeki Online, the director behind Final Fantasy Tactics, and the Ogre Battle Saga series, Yasumi Matsuno, discussed his work on the “Return to Ivalice” raid for Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood. This content, he explained, was based on a hypothetical reality where Ramza and his team failed to destroy Altima. The conversation inevitably lead to Final Fantasy Tactics itself, and the possibility of ever making another one, to which Matsuno replied:

Rather than looking back at the pastI’m the kind of person who loves trying out new things. But when you reach my age, you start having thoughts like “How much time do I have left to keep making games?”. And I’m not talking about retirement, I’m talking about death. Recently, I’ve been to more funerals than weddings, and it made me aware of how limited our time is. On places like Twitter, fans sometimes send me messages like “I really wish you’d make a new Ogre or FFT!!”. When I see messages like this, a part of me thinks “I probably need to make one before I die”.

Such a new game could, according to Matsuno, see Ramza as a returning character. This is because Ramza, along with his team, did manage to escape the Necrohol of Mullonde at the end of the game. This fact was apparently unclear to even other developers, and something Matsuno regrets not conveying clearly in-game. “When I still worked at Square, even Square employees would often ask me ‘Did Ramza survive at the end of FFT?’. I always regreted that I was too inexperienced when making the original game to make it clear that yes, Ramza and his friends definitely survived.”

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  1. hewittc06 on May 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm said

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    I really want a new Tactics Ogre game. I miss the Ogre franchise

  2. My favourite game creator.His Vagrant story is the greatest video game of all time in my opinion.

  3. Final Fantasy Tactics was a extraordinary game,one that I played in my youth, and recently again in my prime ,I truly hope he does develop one more title, I for one ,will purchase it on day one

  4. darkmage0707077 on May 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm said

    Ah, Final Fantasy Tactics.

    Game of Thrones: the game before GoT ever existed…

    I REALLY hope this happens.

  5. Does he hate the IP that much?

  6. called2serve249 on May 10, 2019 at 1:09 am said

    FF Tactics was one of my favorite games of all time. I’ve played most of the FF games, and FF Tactics stands out; not only because of the totally different play style (It was one of the earliest RTS/RPG blended games, which is now much more common), but it was so much more replayable. Personally, there aren’t many RPGs I want to replay (Except Mario RPG, Chrono Trigger, Witcher III, and a couple others). The gameplay is not only repetitive, but there are no more secrets or exciting twists/turns. But FF Tactics? I played through it more than a few times, gradually finding out the alternate endings and finding secret characters like Cloud…Now I wanna go play it again.

    Although, my all-time favorite RTS/RPG has to be Ogre Battle. Lots of awesome mechanics, twists and turns, secrets from hunting treasure to visiting the right city at the right time, dynamic character development, and that reputation mechanic in particular…Ogre Battle was a bit ahead of its time. I just wish it would come back.

  7. Aw man. A New Tactics game? And right now ProJared fucks up, what a world we live in.

  8. DarkRevan75 on May 12, 2019 at 10:40 am said

    Ff tactics was clearly a GOT tactics.
    Few Magic, only chatacters, battle, chatacters…and music 😀

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