Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Producer Wants to See Other Creators Make a New Entry
Recently Final Fantasy fansite Final Fantasy Union posted a video interview they conducted with Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Producer Ichiro Hazama and Director Masanobu Suzui about the recently released title and tangentially related facets.
The final question from the fansite stood out to me the most, as it asked the two veteran staff members if they would like to develop a spiritual successor to the beloved PSP game Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy following the mixed reception of Dissidia NT. Plus, the interviewer mentions the connections between Stranger of Paradise and Dissidia as potential seeds for a resurgence.
Hazama, who was also the Producer of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, responded by saying that he does not pay much attention to the connections seemingly made between games, and regarding Stranger of Paradise specifically, Creative Director Tetsuya Nomura and Producer Fujiwara Jin would have to be inquired.
Hazama then says that rather than him wanting to make a new Dissidia, he wants to see different creators take the reigns and take on new challenges with the Dissidia identity. He doesn’t go into detail about what he would like to see or which direction he thinks the next game should go, but it’s exciting to simply hear a discussion about a new entry.
While Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is quite a well-received gacha experience, its genre makes it an inherent turn-off for many, me included. Regardless of how strong its character writing and narrative are, the general experience is undeniably muddled by gacha implementation for those who are against it. The original Dissidia and 012 are some of my favorite Final Fantasy experiences, so seeing how disappointing NT was alongside a new gacha game, I’ve been disappointed.
Hopefully, a new console Dissidia game that follows in the footsteps of the originals is made one day, or we at least get modern ports of them. You can view the full video interview from Final Fantasy Union below. The Dissidia question has been timestamped.
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