For the previous few years, we now have been listening to that Last Fantasy XVI is impressed by HBO Sport Of Thrones, and through my reporting journey to Tokyo, Japan to talk with Artistic Enterprise Unit III, I discovered extra about it. Particularly, and maybe critically, I discovered that the workforce drew inspiration from the primary 4 seasons of Sport Of Thrones. Or a minimum of, that is the place it began.
“Proper in the beginning of the sport’s growth, once we’re in that first interval, that is about when [Season 4 of Game of Thrones on HBO] was airing,” FFXVI producer Naoki Yoshida tells me. “We had seen it grow to be this tv present that was beloved around the globe, not solely by the older generations, but additionally by the youthful generations. So we purchased the Blu-Ray field of seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, and obtained everybody on the workforce to observe it principally to make the devs notice that is what’s scorching on the planet – that is the kind of fantasy that individuals get pleasure from.
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However Yoshida says the workforce took plenty of precautions to maintain FFXVI from feeling like a carbon copy of Sport Of Thrones. Whereas its inspirations are clear, it looks like its personal factor after taking part in and watching the sport for round 5 hours. Additionally, with the whole lot happening within the recreation – particularly the Eikon vs. Eikon battle – the workforce relied on different sources of inspiration like The assault of the Titans, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultramanand extra.
Not solely Sport Of Thrones encourage the story and international really feel of Last Fantasy XVI, however it additionally evokes a lot of its visible model, in accordance with artwork director Hiroshi Minagawa.
Hiroshi Minagawa, artwork director of Last Fantasy XVI
“Once I joined the workforce and talked with Takai-san concerning the total look of the sport, we had this huge sense that we wished to have one thing that is going to have that. Sport Of Thrones really feel, that type of pure, normal excessive fantasy that you’d see in that type of program and visible medium,” he tells me.
Whereas individuals are nonetheless arguing in the present day the place Sport Of Thrones began to falter, you would be arduous pressed to search out anybody who thinks the reply lies someplace in these first 4 seasons. These episodes are incredible tv, and if FFXVI’s tackle fantasy comes near rivaling them, we’d have one thing particular. Fortunately, we did not wait too lengthy as FFXVI is coming to PlayStation 5 on June 22.
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