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Run to the Sun - Square Enix Interview
06.01.2007

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
STAFF REPORTER


Square Enix

Square Enix welcomed us into their lovely office today. It would be more accurate to say that we were drawn in by the smell of RPGs, as they were nice enough to have some DSs and PSPs for us to play around with. We also got the chance to sit down to interrogate their PR department: Sonia Im, Manager; Charlie Sinhaseni, Assistant Manager; Amelia Cantlay, Senior Associate; and Klee Kuo, Associate.

(Reader Question) Are there any plans to fix the supposed slow down from the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions?
Charlie: The slow down is not really bad, but what little there is in the game is out of our hands.

(Reader Question) Actraiser is out. Do you have any plans for more releases on the Wii Virtual Console?
Charlie: I can't really say as we don't handle that here.

(Reader Question) What about the PlayStation Store for the PS3/PSP?
Charlie: At this point the PlayStation Store is too young to really say. We will have to wait and see.

(Reader Question) Ok, on to localization. Any plans to bring over Front Mission 5?
Charlie: No. We have no plans for that title.

What about Front Mission 1st for the DS?
Charlie: We have not made any announcements yet regarding Front Mission 1st for North America.

Well, we seem to be striking out. What about Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Final Fantasy XII International, or the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV?
Charlie: Tactics A2 will be coming. Final Fantasy XII International we already have here, it's called Final Fantasy XII. *laughs* No, Final Fantasy XII International is a game for Japan, much like Final Fantasy X International before it. Final Fantasy IV DS is almost a given. Of course, we have nothing official on it, but it will most likely come our way.

Yuji Hori stated that 2008 will be the year of Dragon Quest. Should we be expecting more remakes in that area?
Charlie: Well, with Dragon Quest Monsters - Joker coming this year and Dragon Quest Swords in Japan, 2007 is the year of Dragon Quest. Next year will be, too. Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy both. Especially with Dragon Quest IX and Dragon Quest Swords both coming within that time.

I know you can't tell us when Final Fantasy XIII is coming or whether it's going to go multiplatform, but maybe we can ask something you can answer. Are there any plans for more Xbox 360 support other than what has been announced?
Charlie: Well, we have already stated that the next Final Fantasy MMO will be for the 360 and Vista. That, along with continued support for Final Fantasy XI such as Wings of the Goddess, show that we will be working with the 360 quite a bit. Don't forget Project Silpheed and Last Remnant.

Alright, why don't you slip us some juicy info? Could you at least tell us if we should expect something else big that we don't already have a hint about?
Charlie: I can say that we will be announcing the next Kingdom Hearts at the Tokyo Game Show in September. Other than that, there is not likely anything else this year.

Sonia: We've not officially announced this yet, but we will be having a Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Party on June 26 at the PlayStation Store in San Francisco. This will be for the fans, and we should have more details soon.

Thank you very much for answering all of these questions for us and our readers. Now, we would like to know a little more about you. What's each of your favorite Final Fantasy games?
Charlie: Wow, that's a tough question. They all have things to enjoy about them. It's like asking you to pick your favorite out of thirteen children.

Klee: Final Fantasy VII. It was also my first.

Amelia: I like a lot of the other titles having not really played the main Final Fantasy games. I like Kingdom Hearts and Revenant Wings.

Charlie: I've played and like them all, but I'd have to say I really enjoyed Final Fantasy VIII. It was the game that really defined Final Fantasy for me.

Sonia: Final Fantasy X. It's my favorite. My first game was Final Fantasy IX right when I first came to work here. I pulled a few all-nighters to get through all four discs.

Thanks. After all of those hard questions, is there anything else you would like to leave us with?
Charlie: *laughs* Those weren't hard at all. Thank you for stopping by and just remember that Chocobo Tales rocks.

Thanks again to Square Enix and their PR department for making us feel welcomed. While we were there, we also had the chance to try out Final Fantasy I PSP, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Japanese version), Heroes of Mana, Dragon Quest Monsters - Joker (Japanese version), and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Japanese version). Impressions are on the way.



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