Final Fantasy has changed a lot over the years, as the latest installment in the series is clearly inspired by more realistic fantasy. It’s no secret that Western fantasy giants like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones played a big role in the development of Final Fantasy 16, but producer Naoki Yoshida It turns out that the early developers were working on it because they wanted to stick with that vibe so much. This title was actually a “must have” to watch his series hit HBO.
According to an interview with Eurogamer, the Final Fantasy 16 development team had to “look west” for inspiration on a more gritty medieval fantasy. “Because there is nothing of that type in Japan, where we live.” As a result, the team focused on Western media that met their requirements, and Game of Thrones is arguably one of the most influential fantasy works the West has ever produced. is.
However, rather than drawing inspiration from afar, Yoshida wanted the core development team that started working on Final Fantasy 16 to get immersed in and absorb the overall feel of Game of Thrones. We made it mandatory for everyone to watch the show. .
“We wanted to make something that resonated with a lot of people,” explained Josiah. “And seeing how Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire series before it resonated with players, we knew this was something we wanted to do. When we started making the game on , we thought: We wanted this type of atmosphere, so we decided to give a core team of about 30 members a Game of Thrones Blu-ray box set. I asked them to buy it and have everyone see it.”
It’s no surprise that the Final Fantasy 16 development team put so much effort into that kind of fantasy genre. Even before it was officially confirmed that the show played a major role in its development, most people assumed they saw Game of Thrones inspiration during the game’s first few trailers. increase. Still, it’s fun to imagine a room where game developers sit and watch cultural phenomena like this in the West as part of their job. Perks of this job, right?
As for other inspirations, Yoshida didn’t explicitly say The Lord of the Rings also played a role, but shared some similarities with scenes from The Lord of the Rings, including Gandalf’s fight. I admit that there is a scene in the game that does. with Balrog. Mr. Yoshida also says, “I read novels when I was young, and I’ve seen movies, so I may have had an unconscious inspiration.”
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