However, while the years dragged on, the ripple of discontent created a lack of faith among fans. During the decade of delays, a lot of longtime fans considered the franchise to be dead.
Hajime Tabata further understands that some people consider this franchise to be over the hill. That is one of the reasons why he is quite focused on attracting new players with FFXV, when it finally releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on 30th September. Tabata further considered that he wishes to get rid of the title part entirely, fearing that it might end up scaring new players.
He said, “For XV, I sort of changed my mindset to make our aim of getting new players, and growing this global brand and appealing to sort of the mass-market new users.”
He clearly doesn’t want to alienate old fans but he knows that new people need to dive into the Final Fantasy franchise to commence growth. Maintaining the balance is the tricky part. He clearly admitted that he is taking hints on how to market FFXV from Western developers like CD Projekt RED, the studio behind Witcher 3 and Bethesda, the creator of Fallout 4 and Elder Scrolls.
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