Are you able to inform {that a} new Ultimate Fantasy is on the way in which? The brand new mainline entry within the collection that’s Sq. Enix’s golden goose is imminent, and the Japanese writer has the entire crew out on the PR path. Ultimate Fantasy 16 is out subsequent month on consoles, although sadly us PC gamers should wait slightly longer, so we’re feasting on crumbs (like questioning whether or not to drop the quantity completely) whereas ready for that launch date for the PC model they’ve introduced however pretended they did not announce.

One of many oddest tidbits comes courtesy of an interview with producer Naoki Yoshida, better-known as Yoshi-P, a person who’s typically amusing to look at chiding the naughtier followers of Ultimate Fantasy 14 or baking cookies. Ultimate Fantasy 16 is aiming for that chimera of broader attraction, which in fact means all issues to all folks, however on this case meant that Sq. Enix’s Japanese builders targeted on fantasies which can be at present fashionable within the western world. And by targeted, I imply they bought ordered to purchase field units. 

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered that I like my fantasy based mostly extra in actuality,” Yoshida instructed Eurogamer. “We wished to create one thing that basically resonated with lots of people. And after we noticed how Game of Thrones, and earlier than that the Track of Ice and Hearth collection, has actually resonated with gamers, we knew that this was one thing that we wished to do as effectively. Once we first began creating the game, we had our core workforce of about 30 members very early on purchase the blu-ray boxset of Game of Thrones and required everybody to look at it, as a result of we wished one of these really feel.”

Sadly there isn’t a indication on whether or not the workforce members had been allowed to expense this quite uncommon acquisition, or subsequently quizzed on the Targaryen dynasty. However whether or not you are a fan of Game of Thrones or not, there is no arguing that the collection has wonderful cinematography and, in its extra violent moments, unforgettable choreography. It’s a true spectacle.

Ultimate Fantasy 16’s artwork director, Hiroshi Minagawa, additionally chimed-in on the HBO collection’ affect: “If we wish to create one thing that has that type of western really feel, we’ve to look to the west for that type of inspiration. And so issues like Game of Thrones are issues that we glance to, as a result of that kind of stuff doesn’t exist where we stay in Japan.”

So if Ultimate Fantasy 16 is not to your style, blame George R.R. Martin. In all seriousness that is hardly uncommon, even when the diktat from above to exit and purchase a boxset is humorous. FromSoftware has steadily established itself as a colossus by the Souls collection and now Elden Ring, video games which can be completely based on numerous western mythologies and, in Elden Ring’s case, actually based mostly on a mythos written by George R.R. Martin. Relatively than this being purely Sq. Enix a preferred HBO show, it feels just like the writer is sort of aware of the videogame competitors, and their route of journey.