Interview revives hope of Final Fantasy Tactics remaster, new game

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An interview with Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida, better known as Yoshi-P, teased fans about the possibility of a Final Fantasy Tactics remaster or potentially a new game in the long-dormant series.

Known for their intense character customization and dynamic combat, the Final Fantasy Tactics games have gone down in JRPG history. The original sparked a slew of spiritual successors and Square Enix has continued contributing to the tactical RPG genre with games like Triangle Strategy and Tactics Ogre: Reborn. But fans have been left wondering if the publisher will ever revive the Final Fantasy Tactics series, which hasn’t received a new installment in over a decade.

In an interview, Yoshida talked about the future of the Final Fantasy Tactics series and whether a new game is on the table. The infamous Nvidia game leak also has some wondering if the first Final Fantasy Tactics game might see a remaster.

Will there be a new Final Fantasy Tactics game?

There’s no official word that a new Final Fantasy Tactics game is planned or in development, but there have been both leaks and teases from notable figures in Square Enix that the series isn’t dead.

When asked about the Final Fantasy Tactics series in an interview with TheGamer, Yoshida stated that he and his team are fans of the Tactics games. Not only did he say that he saw the storytelling potential of the Tactics games, but also that many of his team members previously worked on games in Final Fantasy’s Ivalice Alliance.

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Although Yoshida didn’t say that a new Tactics game is planned, he stated that “it’s probably about time” they made a new one. While the last game in the series Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift was released in 2008, the first game’s protagonist Ramza Beoulve has appeared in several Final Fantasy games since, suggesting that Square Enix is keeping the games alive.

Yoshida, alongside localization lead Michael-Christoper Koji Fox and director Takeo Kujiraoka, mused on the idea of a tactical RPG based on Final Fantasy 16, and discussed how the game’s epic Eikon battles could fit into the gameplay. Yoshida and the Final Fantasy 14 team have done their part to keep Final Fantasy Tactics’ legacy alive with the Stormblood expansion of FF14.

Will there ever be a Final Fantasy Tactics remaster?

There’s no official confirmation that Final Fantasy Tactics will get a remake or remaster, but there have been leaks and suggestions from one of the game’s creators that it may happen.

The infamous 2021 Nvidia leak revealed tons of unannounced titles and ports. Alongside news about things like the Horizon Forbidden West PC port and Helldivers 2, the leak had some surprising titles from Square Enix including Tactics Ogre: Reborn and Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. Though there was skepticism regarding the leak at the time, both of these titles were announced and are available for sale today. 

The original Tactics game received an enhanced port titled Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. While the port was originally released in 2007 for the PSP, it’s also playable on Android and iOS. However, many fans crave a modern remake or remaster.

When asked about a potential remaster on X in November 2023, Final Fantasy Tactics game director Yasumi Matsuno stated that there were “no plans for remastering” and asked fans to take the matter to Square Enix. A couple of days later he stated on X that even if he had information about a remaster he couldn’t say anything without an official announcement.

Whether this was Matsuno alluding to knowing something or messing with fans is unclear. Regardless, the sheer number of titles that have come out from the 2021 Nvidia leak strongly suggests that the game was planned at some point. Whether the Final Fantasy Tactics series will get the remaster treatment or a new game remains to be seen.

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Written by Hannan Mundia

Hannan Mundia has been playing video games since he was just three years old. He loves everything about gaming, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He has sunk countless hours into Bethesda's popular RPGs, but his favorite game remains Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His writing has also been featured on Fandom Spot, and you can follow him on Twitter / X at @zombiezomz.

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