Final Fantasy XV director hopes the ending will make fans cry By Red Makuzawa on March 9, 2016 at 12:56 AM

In the April 2016 issue of Game Informer magazine, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata expressed that he hopes that the ending of the game will make players cry. He says fans who devote so much time playing the game deserve to get an emotional ending.

“I want to create a very emotional ending to the game and want to make as many people cry as possible,” he told Game Informer. “You’re spending so many hours playing the game, so when I finish a game and it ends on a sour note and it doesn’t move me, it gets me disappointed. At least make me cry or give me some emotion! I want to give a moving ending for the consumers who invest so much time.”

He later moved on to say that he also hopes that Final Fantasy XV will have a similar impact in the community that Final Fantasy VII had.

“There are some team members that were here for VII,” he said. “They’re taking on the challenge of trying to exceed that title once more, which is a great motivator for them. FFVII sets a very high goal for us, but it serves as a good goal. It brought in new audiences, sales, and more.”

Final Fantasy XV is due out sometime this year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The release date for the game will be announced on March 30th.

The April edition of Game Informer can be purchased here.

  • All Seeing Eye

    Only FF ending that can make me shed a tear is Crisis Core. Genesis is terribad but that ending is so much boss. Followed by the happy endings of FFIX and FFVIII.

  • Luke Watts

    I think fans have done enough crying over this game already… But yes, gimmie that emotional roller-coaster ride.

  • Luke Watts

    I let loose some tears in both 8 and 9. Happy tears of course 😛

  • Aulix Indragonz

    i smell a betrayal scene from one of noctis friend

  • Randy Marsh

    Luna dies. Seeya in FFXVI everyone! o

  • Red Makuzawa

    I’ll make sure to have a box of tissues besides me.

  • R. Kane

    Thanks for bringing this interview to our attention, NC/Maku!

  • Ash


    It seems that in most Final Fantasy games, some major character dies off and that is the “emotional” part. Can we have a happy Final Fantasy game for once where no major characters die? Or if you’re going to make it a tear-jerker, at least have everyone live or make it heartwarming or something. Just…..no more deaths please. 🙁

  • InconvenientWalrus

    Tears will be shed at the beginning for me, because I’ll finally have the game.

    *opens the box, starts crying*

  • The emotional bond between the players and the characters is what I think makes this franchise so unique. Sure you can find great stories or gameplay elsewhere, but nowhere else will you actually find yourself caring about what happens to these people, as if they’re alive or something. Even villains have reasons behind their actions. I can’t wait!

  • Noctis

    same….i will cry over the whole game^^

  • Noctis

    Hope Noctis and Luna don`t die!!!!

  • Josh Asher

    Only FF that ever made me cry was X

  • Danel Eder

    I’m not a crier, but FFX’s ending just completely devastated me. Particularly the part where Yuna runs off to hug Tidus and passes right through him, falling on the floor. And then when she got up and said “I love you” and Tidus hugged her from behind before running off and disappearing. It gets me every single time. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

    But for me, the only game that managed to top FFX’s ending is Crisis Core. That fight you had against Shinra with Zack limping and bleeding before being shot in the face, and then handing over the Buster Sword to Cloud while being soaked by the rain… such an amazing game. Does anyone want to start a petition for an HD remaster for PS4?

  • Noctis Pendragon

    Same here and i didn’t see it comming .
    I forgave Genesis for everything with his last scene (the one with Minerva ) and the last act of Loveless he made up ( Act V the one with the silent sacrifice ) .


    Great, now I can hear The Price of Freedom

  • Dude! This is great to read! I bet they are gonna kill Prompto.

  • That would be sadly awesome.

  • Joshua Eria

    The man who directed Crisis Core and Type-0 hopes the ending for FFXV makes people cry

  • Paul Parker

    why don’t they stop telling us what the game is like and LET US FUCKING PLAY IT ALREADY

  • Noctis

    hahaha right

  • Noctis

    I don`t want to cry anymore…..i cried enough

  • ScionicSpectre

    Add the journey we’ve taken with these characters over the game’s development and this game could be a very deep personal experience for some people.

  • Billy Jackson

    Aranea kills Prompto :'(

  • Martian Wong

    I think I will cry before playing since I invested so much time waiting.

  • Alea Anderson

    The first thing in Crisis Core that made me cry like crazy was when Angeal died. You had the instrumental version of Why playing, Aerith comforting Zack, and Zack donning his signature look to take Angeal’s place as the heart of SOLDIER.
    This part and the ending get me every time, especially with seeing Angeal act as a real angel when he takes Zack into the Lifestream, and with Zack’s lines, you can’t help but smile a little through all the tears. Crisis Core is one of the best Final Fantasy games ever, even more impressive being a prequel to just about the greatest one of all time.

  • Matthew Barnes

    Unless this game is sadder than NiER, I will insist that I am a brave man!

  • back2black

    if it is someone has to die I will be very very disappointed.

  • SiliconNooB

    I’m ok with the notion of one of the party members dying – but that death needs to be justified within the narrative and executed perfectly. I worry that they’ll just throw one in there at the last minute as a trite way to manipulate player emotions. They can’t just copy/paste Zack’s death… If they do that then they’ll have failed.


    21 one more days, 😀 3 weeks

  • Frederick Badguy

    Bastard Tabata! kkk I pray that you can repeat what you’ve done with me in Crisis Core! I want cry, buuuuuuut MASCULINE TEARS kkkkkkkkk

  • Daniel Masterson

    Ill cry at the beginning cause I wont believe I actually have the game.

  • Yuntu

    It’s Tabata he knows how to do good endings. Type-0 and CC both had really, really good executed endings.

  • Andres Felipe Londoño Zapata

    Please, no die Luna, please, I dont like other FFVII. U_U

  • Average Afro

    I’ll cry as soon as I’ve purchased it… Then I’ll know it’s real

  • Better not kill off Noctis. Too many people like to kill off leads. Let that man’s suffering end and he gets to have a decent life.

  • Type0 ending wasnt a good one imo. All that work and it was just another link in a cycle and no one gets to be remembered. They just recye souls infinitely. Weak.

  • Naw Ignis or cor.

  • None of them made me cry but i was sad and depressed about how much the ending hurt. Beautiful that good writing can do that.

  • Same

  • Well, don’t say THAT. Now we’re gonna have expectations that need fulfilling.

  • Tom

    I cried at the end of VIII without anyone died so I don’t fear that any lead character will die in XV.

  • Tom

    NieR… How I love that game!

  • Justice V

    With Tabata directing and Nojima as writer I never had any doubt the game would be emotional and have a great ending.

  • Limbs4wings

    They already have me crying in anticipation…how many more tears could they possibly want?

  • Michieie

    Well, he directed Crisis Core and Type 0.

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  • Catoblepas

    ERMAGERD!!! Teh [email protected]#

  • ◎הÎsu

    Infinite Upvotes!

  • Daniel Masterson


  • Shami

    Oh god I do remember my tears very well and my mother saw me cry in front of the TV while watching the ending of FF8 since TV and PlayStation were in the living room
    It was and still is my favorite FF although FF X is also one of my favorites.

  • •december


  • •december

    Took the words from my mouth

  • •december

    True. Disliked Final Fantasy X-2, but the “true/perfect” ending
    When Tidus returned gave me tears of joy!

  • When the pack is full of boys, it tends to be dramatic when one of them dies. Well, Hoping that no one dies this time. LoLs

  • •december

    FFXV Uncovered on March 30th will have me shitting buckets.
    It’s coming.

  • All Seeing Eye

    Well, even though nobody died, the most tear inducing moment for me has always been Laguna’s recollection of Raine. I think you guys know what I’m talking about.

  • D.3ND

    what suffering, so far we see him sleeping and kicking ass….mostly sleeping….whenever I think about how it going play out at the end, I start think about “Wayward Son” by Kansas for some odd reason.


    Please have Luna turn against and willingly fight Noctis like Stella did… I just want that, please…

  • Tyler

    Feelsbomb inbound

  • Tom

    Yeah, those moments are heart-wrenching.

  • stevenm281

    It’ll be almost heartbreaking to hit the New Game button at the Title Screen as it will officially close a 10 year long chapter of my life: waiting for this game to finally see the light of day.

    Now, I’m spending the next 10 years playing that game hopefully haha!

  • stevenm281

    Gladiolus while protecting Noctis

  • I could see that happening.

  • I thought he slept a lot because he was depressed from his papa dying.

  • Jesus Christ

    Cry? Psh,

    Try to make Me die, again. How about that?

    You can’t, can you? K.

  • Mehmed

    That’s the Problem nojima isn’t writing anymore.
    The women who write the story for FF Dissidia is writing the story now.

  • I believe it’s Prompto because he seems to be all friendly and funny. It’s somethin like Goofy in KH. It’s the kinda character you easily love. Ignis and Cor seems a little too serious.

  • eddyedge

    Plz dont’ just hold a son and cry for several minutes like previuos trailer. – -”
    Emotional Ending should be impressed, not boring.

  • eddyedge

    I’ve cried since no playable girl character already. -*-

  • eddyedge

    I cried again when Stella was romoved.

  • stevenm281

    They still consult Nojima for his approval. Tabata mentioned as such during an interview.

  • If Prompto died the goid of comedy for the rest of the game opens up. But if Cor or Ignis dies youve still got lots of serious smart characters.

  • Good point. I hope u r right because I don’t want Prompto to die.

  • Devin Lowe

    I actually want Multiple Endings…though, to be honest, I’d still be satisfied with just one really emotional ending to the game. 😀

    I’m also excited for possible DLC, believe it or not.

  • I wanna see some character dying

  • D.3ND

    His isn’t dead yet, we don’t even he actually died. For all we know they could’ve have fake his death and have him imprison and interrogating him on the mysteries of the crystals.

  • WJH

    i will really cry if the game doesn’t come out this year

  • Nick Greeley

    She’s writing the script. Nojima’s scenario and outline is still intact.

  • Still from Noctis POV he’d seem dead. Maybe hes depressed with the weight of the world

  • D.3ND

    That could be possible.

  • Go back to The Walking Dead.

  • Naw enough is enough. Its this year.

  • The worst thing that could happen now is it comes out and its glitched on the xone and people cry favortism for sony.
    Ill get it on ls4 but we need it to sell well across the board to make up for the development cycle.

  • D.3ND

    Bah, it’s Microsoft fault if it glitches.

  • Jonét

    Then you get home and put in the disc, turns out it’s a bootleg of Duke Nukem Forever ps4 port.

  • Average Afro

    may as well just give up on gaming

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    Just don’t let Noctis die…

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    If it’s Sakaguchi style, of which I know Tabata made some counsel about that, it’s going to have one final ending.

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    He’s asleep because it has something to do with the power of Etros.. That’s why the cover art of her is like that. Tabata mentioned before there’s a reason why Noctis always sleeps, and that ‘s not because he’s a bum but he has some sort of power inside him.

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    FFVIII had an emotional ending without everybody from the party dying… as well as FFIX. I hope they do that as well.

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    If that’s the case then prompto would film everything and give it to the enemy.

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    Yup, I hope they will do the same, and without anybody dying.

  • So not depressed about his mama dying and father captured?

  • Devin Lowe

    Although to be fair, when Sakaguchi was still in-charge, there were a few games in the series whose endings could be slightly changed (depending on the player’s actions throughout the course of the game’s story).

    Final Fantasy V, VI, IX, & X-2 come to mind. All of which are games whose production that Sakaguchi directly participated in.

  • Devin Lowe

    Stella didn’t “willingly” fight Noctis.


    But she still stood out to fight him, and presumably to the death, I havent seen that in any other FF heroines, Luna so far seems generic and brave, but not something that stands out, the really small bits we saw of Stella was far more interesting than this chick Luna…
    Btw can Luna at least see the dead?

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    Yeah I just hope Noctis doesn’t die. But Tabata mentioned before that FFXV will have a full and close story.. Hironobu sakaguchi counseled him about that, hopefully that would be the case so that we won’t see a terrible FFXIII Saga being pulled off again just to milk the franchise.

  • Anton Villarica Lagda

    His mom DIED MANY YEARS ago… also, that’s the explanation, see the cover art in the game that Amano drew? Got a hint of that.

  • You removed Stella, turned everyone into pop stars, simplified and casualized the game. I am crying before the game even begins, I bet now I’ll be weeping miserably in the end.

  • Jamie

    spoiler. square enix confirms that someone will die

  • Devin Lowe

    I wouldn’t worry about Noctis dying. Though, this is definitely going to be a very different kind of story from all past Final Fantasy games in certain aspects.

    If you didn’t like the FFXIII Saga, you’re still going to love this one. 😀

    I just have a very good feeling about this game, despite the fact that none of us have seen the whole story yet.

  • Devin Lowe

    Luna basically is Stella, just renamed and with a different hairstyle.

    I’m sure that we’ll still get a scene where you may be forced to fight her. Other than that, she’s got a really cool double-trident now (rapiers are overrated!).

  • Mica

    I’ve had a feeling since the start that Noctis is going to die. But I don’t want that to happen T_T

  • Perhaps they’re making the game to a similar concept just as FFVII had… but making it more depressed.. perhaps there be more than just 1 character die in the game… but man… thinking about it i don’t want any of my boys die in the game.. definitely not noctis… or ignis gladiolus or prompto…. nonono :'(

  • alef321

    we gonna look back at this particular news.

  • Angeline

    make ppl cry ? i hate this ending very much, at least u can make us too happiness until we cry since we all play so hard and try so hard to get a good ending and not all dead ok

  • motorheadyoda

    i agree. tears of joy is so much more precious than tears of sadness.

  • realmreborn>heavensward

    I finished the game yesterday and then watched my boyfriend finish it.
    I cried on both times….and so did my boyfriend haha.
    I love this game so much, even though it ended so sadly~

  • Yuki Darake

    it was a very good game beat it like a week ago cried a lot. Even when i put it in to do hunts and lvl up it still gets to me. i listen to the kingsglaive final fantasy xv original soundtrack – prologue on the radio of car/ mp3(while walking)

  • FF FAN

    felt …. to the ending to be honest. Game is so rushed and character relationships are already established off screen. I dont see how a road trip and camping and shallow fedex quests is gona make me feel a lot of empathy…

    More story based questing than boring quests wud have made a stronger emotional game. The only one that made me cry was X imo,

    I REALLY wanted to feel for the game but I didn’t. The battle AI is so bad I don;t enjoy doing post game fights.

  • Rovin

    I spend a lot of hours enjoying the game , after the end I felt so hurt and sad for such a beautiful game that I would never play again. If they ever a final fantasy again i would first read about the ending before I invest my time . This game could of been my favorite game of the year if only the ending was good .

  • Royal Conquest

    lmao “I wouldn’t worry about Noctis dying.”

  • Devin Lowe

    I still wouldn’t worry, considering he doesn’t.

    Is that a spoiler for you?

  • Gamecock Fan

    Mission accomplished.

  • snowey1402

    i finished the game 3 days ago and i’m still depressed about there better be a sequel with noctis, luna and the bros. and what is up with the time skip noctis looks like a hobo and making him older is dumb. what are we supposed to be think that he just sat in a cave for ten years by himself. i love the game but what the hell.