1. Lelouch0612

    Lelouch0612
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    Takahashi-san (producer of Octopath and Bravely Default) and Nishiki-san (composer) are currently at the Japan Expo in France and jeuxvideo.com had the chance to conduct an interview with them about their upcoming game, Octopath Traveler :

    http://www.jeuxvideo.com/news/87572...ncu-comme-l-evolution-de-final-fantasy-vi.htm

    Here are some interesting parts of the interview :

    The source of their inspiration :

    - Both are 33 years old and grew up during the golden era of SNES JRPGs with the gameplay and visual style of the time (pixel-art).
    - When Takahashi entered Square-Enix, he wanted to do these kind of games but he was told that it was easier to develop more modern-looking games. After years of hard and successful work, he was finally able to do the kind of projects he initially wanted to work on.
    - In terms of game mechanics, if Bravely was a spiritual successor of FFV, Octopath has been developped as a spiritual successor of FFVI

    The art-style :

    - He wanted to work on a new IP with a strong visual style that players would enjoy.
    - When the development of Octopath began, they made a demo exclusively in pixel-art. They then realized that it was prettier in their memories and that's why they decided to include modern effects with the Unreal Engine, especially lightning effects. They feel that it is a good mix between both generations.

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    The music :

    - Nishiki-san grew up with games like Final Fantasy and the SaGa series. Both franchises have influenced his work on Octopath

    - He initially wondered whether he should try to adapt to the global audience or keep his own style. He asked himself what Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) would do in the same situation and therefore he finally decided to keep his own style.

    - Octopath's OST is influenced by his love of clasical music, he mentionned Bach, and movie musics.




    Moreover... :

    - The first demo has been downloaded 1,5 millions times.
    - People's reactions to the demo were overwhelmingly positive, even more so in Europe than in Japan.
    - their demo target was gamers in their 30s,40s who were seeking the same great sensations they had during the Golden Era of JRPGs.
    - They felt that the Switch was the perfect platform for that with its ability to play 1h in bed before sleeping.
     
  2. Renna Hazel

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    Never played FF6 but I hope I end up enjoying this. JRPGs are so hit and miss for me. Still need to try that demo.
     
  3. ghibli99

    ghibli99
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    Not to kick this off with a slightly OT comment, but Bravely Default was developed as the spiritual successor to FF5? I had no idea. I love FF5.
     
  4. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS
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    This interview is only making the wait harder..
     
  5. Phantom Thief

    Phantom Thief
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    Oh my god, that was like the perfect thing to say.
    I cannot get more hyped for this game than I already am, I just need it to be next week already.
     
  6. KtotheRoc

    KtotheRoc
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    I'm playing through FF VI these days. This news just excites me.
     
  7. Rezbit

    Rezbit
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    I'm still not sold on the battle system, but the game looks and sounds stunning.

    I feel like this is really going to sell like hotcakes.
     
  8. Pokiehl

    Pokiehl
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    Takahashi-san deliberately messing with my sleep schedule.
     
  9. blondkayvon

    blondkayvon
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    With each passing day the wait for this game gets more unbearable. I really hope not only Square Enix but the gaming industry as a whole looks at this and sees there is a huge audience in their late 20s to early 40s and that not everything needs to be targeted at adolescent males.
     
  10. SOLDIER

    SOLDIER
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    But.....it’s........Sixty Dollaaaaaarrrrrrsssss
     
  11. cw_sasuke

    cw_sasuke
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    Price just went up.
     
  12. DecoReturns

    DecoReturns
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    Perfect for Switch comment by SE themselves lol.

    Anyways. I’m really excited for this. I hope we get more JRPG like this, and they don’t have to be pixle art. Just the style of gameplay.
     
  13. Well then...
     
  14. Xavi

    Xavi
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    More like a successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 heroes of Light.

    Edit: Mechanically, yes, FF5.
     
  15. Piscus

    Piscus
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    This is exactly what I want to hear. Next, they should just actually remake FF6 in this engine.
     
  16. NoMoreTrolls

    NoMoreTrolls
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    Now it's 80 dollars lol
     
  17. kyorii

    kyorii
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    Spiritual Successor but still no Ito. D: Not sure how that makes me feel about it still.
     
  18. Interfectum

    Interfectum
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    Wow if I wasn't sold before I am now.
     
  19. Phendrift

    Phendrift
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    Fucking amazing.
     
  20. Kamek

    Kamek
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    Welp, this is the game I'm most hyped for.
     
  21. MrSaturn99

    MrSaturn99
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    Did whoever write this confuse Earthbound with the Earthbound Papas?
     
  22. Sebastopa

    Sebastopa
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    I really wish I could enjoy this game... :(
     
  23. Sammy Samusu

    Sammy Samusu
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    The new FF6.
     
  24. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162
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    Pretty interesting. I never knew that Bravely Default was made as a spiritual successor of FFV. And that interview just shows that the project is much more on Square Enix side of Bussiness Division than Acquire (and the same for Bravely).

    Also, I thought that Asano was the producer of the game?
     
  25. Kain-Nosgoth

    Kain-Nosgoth
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    eh... i loved the demo but in term of writing and system we're really faaaaaaaaar from FFVI for now, we'll see with the full game

    at least the soundtracks will be amazing
     
  26. Kaitos

    Kaitos
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    Yeah, I don’t know if I love the battle system, but everything else is stunning. It’s going to sell really well.
     
  27. MELLO

    MELLO
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    PERFECT
     
  28. K Samedi

    K Samedi
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    Everything they decided to do with this game makes sense. I like the direction they went in with this. It does resemble FFVI a lot tbh.
     
  29. RailWays

    RailWays
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    So looking forward to this game
     
  30. jred250

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  31. Lelouch0612

    Lelouch0612
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    Edited, thanks ;)
     
  32. Bartend3r

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    Song to my heart my fellow friend. Having the best game of all time as inspiration only brings good riddance. Thank you.
     
  33. Thoraxes

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    Ha, the musical influences thing is very obvious when you listen to the battle theme especially. The counterpoint in there is pretty standard.

    And it sounds gooooood.
     
  34. Gotdatmoney

    Gotdatmoney
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    It says pretty clearly rhe gameplay is the spiritual successor :/
     
  35. Orioto

    Orioto
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    This is completely stupid. A pixel art game can be 5x better looking than that.
     
  36. mael

    mael
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    Great article but I'm pretty sure Uematsu has nothing to do with the game Earthbound and this is more in reference to Earthbound papas which is the name of Uematsu's latest band.
     
  37. Bjones

    Bjones
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    That’s one way to sell the game. Idk if I would say it’s on that level but the 3 hour demo was great none the less.
     
  38. rocketpunch

    rocketpunch
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    Great interview. Said all the right things. And yes, the Switch is awesome for playing games for 1-2 hours in bed before going to sleep. That’s pretty much how I’ve been playing Hollow Knight and it’s amazing.
     
  39. Not surprising considering that FFVI had multiple protagonists.

    Glad they have good inspirations.
     
  40. Vicious17

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    But will it have an Opera scene?
     
  41. Plum

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    This is going to be my first classical JRPG not named Persona (if Persona games even count?) so I'm really hoping it lives up to expectations. If I like this I'll definitely go buy a SNES Mini and play FFVI.
     
  42. MrNewVegas

    MrNewVegas
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    Yup. It’s going to be headed to the pantheon of great JRPGs.
     
  43. Rayearth

    Rayearth
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    I believe he's talking about the job system. FFV is my favorite FF and I loved BD.
     
  44. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162
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    I'm sure that this part of multiple protagonists is actually Saga
     
  45. Derachi

    Derachi
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    Ever get sold on a game in one sentence? Because I think I just did. Hope there are trains to suplex!
     
  46. Doof

    Doof
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    Rectify this immediately! FF6 is one of the best JRPGs ever made.
     
  47. Lucentto

    Lucentto
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    I could feel it through playing the demo. It instantly reminded me of FF VI.
     
  48. BlueTsunami

    BlueTsunami
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    bUt is it WORTH sixTy dOLLarS?!

    *hands on hip*

    Lawdy imma buy a Switch for this
     
  49. aggrocrog

    aggrocrog
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    As someone who is 33, I can confirm that if they were seeking to woo ppl in my demo, they succeeded.
     
  50. Shepherd

    Shepherd
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    I've spent ~100h with the Bravely series. You don't need to worry.
     
  51. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS
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    I thought BD being inspired by FF5 was obvious.

    You can do more with BD's gameplay than OT