Square Enix Doesn’t Rule Out Final Fantasy X-3

Square Enix Doesn’t Rule Out Final Fantasy X-3
Pictured is the Nintendo Switch version of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster. (Screenshot: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy X-2 was originally released way back in 2003, but that doesn’t mean a sequel to the iconic PlayStation 2 game is impossible.

When speaking with Weekly Famitsu, producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, writer Kazushige Nojima, and character designer Tetsuya Nomura were interviewed for Final Fantasy X’s 20th anniversary.

The publication inquired about the story’s continuation, mentioning the Final Fantasy X-2 follow-ups, Final Fantasy X-2.5 Eien no Daisho (The Price of Eternity), a novel published in 2013 that picks up after FFX-2, and Final Fantasy X Will, an audio drama set after FFX-2.5.

“In the past, there was a time where there were indications that, perhaps, we might make FFX-3,” explained Nojima.

“There was a little of that kind of momentum,” agreed Kitase.

Both Final Fantasy X-2.5 Eien no Daisho and Final Fantasy X Will were written by Kazushige Nojima, who penned Final Fantasy X and X-2, underscoring the idea that Square Enix wanted the world of FFX to continue. (Nojima also wrote Final Fantasy VII and returned to work on Final Fantasy VII Remake.)

According to Nojima, as there was already the novelization, a plot connecting Final Fantasy X-3 was written. “That didn’t become a novel due to circumstances, and instead was released to the public as the Will audio drama.” This is why, Nojima continues, that the novel was called 2.5.

Weekly Famitsu asked what the likelihood of Final Fantasy X-3 being made was, and from the sound of it, Square Enix isn’t ruling that out completely.

“If there’s going to be a Final Fantasy X-3, then, for the time being, we do have the synopsis Nojima wrote,” said Nomura, adding that both 2.5 and Will are based on that. “It is currently on ice, but the concept itself does exist.”

“The possibility is not zero,” FFX-2 director Toriyama chimed in. “But first, we’re not done making FFVII Remake, so we’re not in a position to talk about that just yet.” Toriyama is a co-director on Final Fantasy VII Remake, and we can expect more entries in the series.

So, that’s certainly not a hard no from Square Enix! But if it does get the green light, don’t expect FFX-3 anytime soon.

Comments

  • I hope they do rule it out. I cannot predict the future, I cannot say if FFX-3 is destined to be terrible, but I did not enjoy X-2 and if FFX-3 follows the plot line seen in the audio play, I think it will make many people unhappy.

    FFX, for all its hammy acting and somewhat formulaic plot, had the guts to create an ending with some consequences – consequences which were then reversed in FFX-2. And I do not appreciate that – if you’re going to go with an impactful ending in which sacrifices have to be made, it robs the ending of its emotional pull if you then magic-away said consequences in the sequel.

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