The Last of Us Inspired Final Fantasy XV?

Final Fantasy XV Director says the new game’s story was inspired by Naughty Dog’s zombie apocalypse epic The Last of Us in new interview.

The details on Square Enix’s highly anticipated Final Fantasy XV are murky. Until recently, all we really knew about the game was that it was going to feature a bro-tastic voyage in a slick, luxury car. And while we don’t need any convincing to play a Final Fantasy game where your party basically just cruises around a mythical land in an Uber X, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata let it slip in a recent interview that there’s more to the story than just looking good in a luxury sedan.

“One of the important threads of the story in Final Fantasy XV is that tale of how Noctis goes from being a young prince in waiting to becoming the king of the country,” Tabata told Examiner.com, “That tale is a really big part of the game.”

He went on to say that the game’s narrative “puts you in a place to experience that emotional journey with him. We are really trying to aim for something where the gameplay and storytelling are really one in the same. It’s important that the story progresses through the gameplay in a very unforced way, in a similar way that it was done with The Last of Us, for example.”

This is good news for fans of the franchise because Final Fantasy games were are at their best when they featured characters on emotional journeys that drove the action. There’s a reason why *SPOILERS* Aeris’ death in Final Fantasy VII still resonates with gamers today. Her sudden death made the other characters contemplate their own mortality in a profound way rarely seen in games since to the point where you wondered if it was worth taking down Sephiroth at all…

In Final Fantasy XV, other characters will “show a number of different human connections. The first of those is that bond between father and son. Another big relationship is the bond of friendship and then of course, the bonds of love are the third element we are going to cover. It’s not going to be a love story, that’s not the main focus of the game, but it’s has those elements of love and romance within the broader story of Noctis’s growth as a person,” Tabata added.

Beyond the non-linear, character-driven emphasis on storytelling, I doubt there are any other comparisons to The Last of Us that can be drawn to Final Fantasy XV. But we’ll know for sure in due time…

Final Fantasy XV will get a summer 2016 release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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