A new interview in Famitsu reunites Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata with series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. We learn more about how the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV was planned, Sakaguchi's thoughts on the game's development, and how Tabata requested his advice on developing the game to be a "challenger."
During the Uncovered stage event in March, Sakaguchi made a surprise showing, assuring franchise fans the world over that the newest entry met his high standards. We learn that his appearance was actually requested by Tabata, but Sakaguchi mandated that his words be subtitled so that his speech could be received at the same time by fans around the globe. The two joked about Tabata's "air button" improv to reveal the release date, and how that date would bring with it an extraordinary amount of pressure.
When a Japanese product or company is presented to a Western audience, the presentation tends to be one of two extremes: very Japanese, or completely Western. This event, though, struck me as featuring Japanese elements while also being relatable for a global audience. A combination that has been hard to pull off. The atmosphere