Final Fantasy X, along with blitzball and all things Zanarkand-based are turning twenty years old today. That’s right — twenty.
In 2001, Square Enix published the award-winning chapter for PlayStation 2, setting the new benchmark for RPG video games in the process. And now, they’re celebrating the milestone in a glorious fashion, still dancing around the idea of X-3, which fans have been eagerly tuning in for for a while now.
Speaking with Weekly Famitsu last week, producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, writer Kazushige Nojima, and character designer Tetsuya Nomura shed light on the conception of Final Fantasy X-3. However, it wasn’t quite the spool of good news fans were hoping to hear, though it did come with a slight consolation prize.
Final Fantasy without a finale? Could it be?
“In the past, there was a time where there were indications that, perhaps, we might make FFX-3,” Nojima explain to Weekly Famitsu. “There was a little of that kind of momentum.”
“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, who confirmed the existence of the outline for the game. “It is currently on ice, but the concept itself does exist.”
“The possibility is not zero,” FFX-2 director Toriyama pitched in. “But first, we’re not done making FFVII Remake, so we’re not in a position to talk about that just yet.”
Of course, knowing that a Final Fantasy X-3 script has been completed does bring some level of comfort to Square fans. However, with the VII Remake currently hogging the studio light, it’s unlikely we’ll see anything come to fruition for a while. But, that isn’t to say it’ll never happen. So that is something we can all take away, knowing Square still have a lot of love for their double-decade old cash cow. And who knows — perhaps 2021 could see in a variety of FFX-inspired games? A blitzball spin-off, perhaps? Anyone?
Here’s to another twenty years of Final Fantasy X, and here’s also hoping we’ll be seeing Tidus and Yuna back at the helm for another venture across Spira. We’ve got everything crossed over here. Do us proud, Square!
Final Fantasy X came out on July 19 2001 in Japan, eventually releasing worldwide by May 2002. You can pick up X and X-2 Remastered for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.