For a couple of years now, we’ve heard Ultimate Fantasy XVI is impressed by HBO’s <em>Sport of Thrones</em>, and through my cowl story journey to Tokyo, Japan, to talk with Inventive Enterprise Unit III, I discovered extra about this. Particularly, and maybe critically, I discovered that the crew was impressed by the primary 4 seasons of <em>Sport of Thrones</em>. Or at the very least, that’s the place it began.
“Proper across the begin of the sport’s growth again after we’re in that early interval is correct about when [Season 4 of Game of Thrones on HBO] was airing,” FFXVI producer Naoki Yoshida tells me. “We had seen it develop into this tv present that was liked world wide, not simply by older generations however youthful generations as properly. So we purchased the Blu-Ray field of Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, and made everybody on the crew watch it mainly to get throughout to builders that that is what’s trending on the planet – that that is the kind of fantasy that persons are having fun with.”
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The Iron Kingdom
However Yoshida says the crew took nice warning to keep away from FFXVI feeling like a carbon copy of Sport of Thrones. Whereas its inspirations are clear, it seems like its personal factor after taking part in and watching the sport for roughly 5 hours. Plus, with every little thing else happening within the sport – particularly the Eikon vs. Eikon fight – the crew drew on different sources of inspiration like Assault on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman, and extra.
Not solely does Sport of Thrones encourage the story and world really feel of Ultimate Fantasy XVI, nevertheless it additionally conjures up a whole lot of its visible model, in line with artwork director Hiroshi Minagawa.
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Ultimate Fantasy XVI Artwork Director Hiroshi Minagawa
“Once I joined the crew and spoke with Takai-san concerning the general look of the sport, we had that broad stroke that we wished to have one thing that’s going to have that Sport of Thrones really feel, that form of pure normal excessive fantasy that you simply’d see in that sort of program and visible medium,” he tells me.
Whereas folks at the moment nonetheless argue the place Sport of Thrones started to falter, you’d be hard-pressed to seek out somebody who thinks the reply is someplace in these first 4 seasons. These episodes are unbelievable tv, and if FFXVI’s tackle fantasy comes near rivaling them, we could possibly be in for one thing particular. Thankfully, we don’t have too wait lengthy as a result of FFXVI hits PlayStation 5 on June 22.
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