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This topic for those that want to see corroborated evidence that Hiroyuki Ito (Director: FFVI, FFIX, FFXII) is likely working on FFXVI. The following points imply that Ito's either directing FFXVI or has some other major role on it. Together they support the growing belief that Hiroyuki Ito is directing FFXVI, which many FF fans now have:

January 2011

  • Hiroshi Minagawa avoided answering if FFXV would be his next game as director after Tactics Ogre PSP.

November 2011

  • Yoshinori Kitase said that we will get FFXV and FFXVI in the near future.

February 2012

  • Hironobu Sakaguchi told me face-to-face while he was in London, he believes Hiroyuki Ito could make FF a leading and respected RPG series again.

March 2012

  • Shinichi Tatsuke stated that Hiroyuki Ito only provided the original concept of Guardian Cross and was not actually a member of the development team.

August 2012

  • Naoki Yoshida said that Hiroyuki Ito was not working on FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. However, he wouldn't disclose what game Ito was working on.
  • Naoki Yoshida said that FFXIV ARR is the starting point of regaining people's trust in the FF franchise. He added it will make people excited to see what will be in store for them in FFXV and FFXVI.

September 2012

  • Hiroyuki Ito said that current gen (PS3/360) was too weak to handle his gameplay ideas.

February 2013

  • Naoki Yoshida said that back in December 2010, when he became Producer/Director of FFXV 1.0, many other staff were brought in from other projects. He added that Hiroshi Minagawa is multi-tasking FFXIV ARR with another big project. However, Minagawa is not working on LR FFXIII or FFXV, so what big project could he be working on besides FFXIV ARR?

May 2013

  • I asked Toshiyuki Itahana via Twitter if Hiroyuki Ito will direct another mainline FF, as FFIX and FFXII are my favorites. He replied saying that he also respects Hiroyuki Ito as an amazing game creator, and that I should please look forward to Ito's next game.
  • Nobuo Uematsu told me face-to-face while he was in London, he can guarantee that Hiroyuki Ito will direct another FF game. When I asked if Ito will direct either FFXV or FFXVI, he laughed and replied that his answer would get him in trouble with Square Enix.

July 2013

  • Shinji Hashimoto said that Hiroyuki ito has been planning and proposing ideas for a new project. He added that Ito is adding a lot of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, development of this project will take some time.

September 2013

  • Shinji Hashimoto told me face-to-face while he was in London, the reason Hiroyuki Ito hasn't worked on any current gen (PS3/360) FF games is because he's been busy planning his own project for a few years now. When I asked when this project will be announced, he replied saying that Ito is adding a tremendous amount of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, this project will take some time until it's revealed.
  • I asked Yasumi Matsuno via Twitter if he would write the scenario for FFXVI if Hiroyuki Ito was the director. He replied saying thanks for the question, but he unfortunately had "certain reservations" about answering it. In other words, the answer to the question was in NDA territory.
  • Yasumi Matsuno announced that he was working on two new games with Playdek. However, when asked if he would be directing either of them, he said that he wasn't because he's also got other projects going for other companies, some of which have assigned a large amount of work for him to do.


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To add to the OP, I'm speculating that FFXV will be released sometime in Q4 2015 and FFXVI will be announced a few months earlier at E3 2015.

Well, if they put him on XVI, I'd love for something reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV, VI or IX, since they felt the most... magical, as in a fantasy setting and stuff... maybe it's just me though, but if it turns out anything like either of those games, I'd cry tears of joy, since it'd mean Final Fantasy is going in the right direction... it seems now they're going too futuristic, especially with XIII and its sequels, and XV looks too modern for my liking, although I'll still be buying it, lol.

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Well, if they put him on XVI, I'd love for something reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV, VI or IX, since they felt the most... magical, as in a fantasy setting and stuff... maybe it's just me though, but if it turns out anything like either of those games, I'd cry tears of joy, since it'd mean Final Fantasy is going in the right direction... it seems now they're going too futuristic, especially with XIII and its sequels, and XV looks too modern for my liking, although I'll still be buying it, lol.

Yeah, providing Hiroyuki Ito is directing, I'm expecting the game to have a Medieval setting. I'm thinking it will mostly like FFIX and FFXII. That said, I'm expecting the battle system to be an evolution of the ADB system in FFXII. That's my main hope for the game. I loved the FFXII battle system and want to see it again in another mainline FF.



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aikohualda said:
no wii u? :P

No way that console can handle Luminous Studio.



Galvanizer said:
Bristow9091 said:
Well, if they put him on XVI, I'd love for something reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV, VI or IX, since they felt the most... magical, as in a fantasy setting and stuff... maybe it's just me though, but if it turns out anything like either of those games, I'd cry tears of joy, since it'd mean Final Fantasy is going in the right direction... it seems now they're going too futuristic, especially with XIII and its sequels, and XV looks too modern for my liking, although I'll still be buying it, lol.

Yeah, providing Hiroyuki Ito is directing, I'm expecting the game to have a Medieval setting. I'm thinking it will mostly like FFIX and FFXII. That said, I'm expecting the battle system to be an evolution of the ADB system in FFXII. That's my main hope for the game. I loved the FFXII battle system and want to see it again in another mainline FF.


I've got to admit that I've never played Final Fantasy XII... I hope they remake it after the X/X-2 HD release, although maybe it'll be too late into the PS3's lifecycle and nobody will care about it or something... 



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actually the wiiu can handle the engine, if square-enix decides to every bring a ff game to the platform

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Its a premature discussion. Its a likely scenario but we still got FFXV ahead of us.

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Bristow9091 said:
Galvanizer said:
Bristow9091 said:
Well, if they put him on XVI, I'd love for something reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV, VI or IX, since they felt the most... magical, as in a fantasy setting and stuff... maybe it's just me though, but if it turns out anything like either of those games, I'd cry tears of joy, since it'd mean Final Fantasy is going in the right direction... it seems now they're going too futuristic, especially with XIII and its sequels, and XV looks too modern for my liking, although I'll still be buying it, lol.

Yeah, providing Hiroyuki Ito is directing, I'm expecting the game to have a Medieval setting. I'm thinking it will mostly like FFIX and FFXII. That said, I'm expecting the battle system to be an evolution of the ADB system in FFXII. That's my main hope for the game. I loved the FFXII battle system and want to see it again in another mainline FF.


I've got to admit that I've never played Final Fantasy XII... I hope they remake it after the X/X-2 HD release, although maybe it'll be too late into the PS3's lifecycle and nobody will care about it or something... 

I have hope that they'll release FFXII HD on PS Vita.