Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that a rough plot synopsis exists for Final Fantasy X-3. The Kingdom Hearts head honcho said that the synopsis was written by long-time collaborator Kazushige Nojima, with Motomu Toriyama adding that the chances of it happening were not zero.
What do we know about Final Fantasy X-3?
This news comes to us via a Famitsu article highlighted by blogger ryokutya2089. In their blog post - which was also retweeted by noted gaming analyst Nibellion, and for which we're using machine translation - ryokutya2089 points to comments made by Nomura about Final Fantasy X-3. Nomura says "there is a synopsis" written by Nojima for Final Fantasy X-3, but doesn't go into any further detail about it.
In addition to the existence of the synopsis, Nibellion points out that Final Fantasy VII Remake co-director Motomu Toriyama says the chances of Final Fantasy X-3 happening in the future are "not zero". At the moment, Square Enix is focused on FF7R, but that doesn't rule out the possibility that Yuna and company's journey could continue down the line. Of course, the mere existence of a synopsis isn't proof of anything; plot treatments and outlines are often written without coming to fruition. However, this is an encouraging start for anyone who was hoping for more Spira in their lives.
What's the history of the Final Fantasy X mini-franchise?
Final Fantasy X was originally released in 2001. The tenth installment in the long-running RPG series, it follows the adventures of Tidus, a blitzball player mysteriously displaced from his home of Zanarkand into the unfamiliar world of Spira. Aided by his old friend Auron, he must see summoner Yuna to the end of a pilgrimage to defeat Sin, a monster plaguing Spira with constant devastation. Final Fantasy X made some changes to the standard series formula, doing away with the conventional overworld map and introducing voice acting to the franchise.
Two years after the release of Final Fantasy X, a direct sequel arrived in the form of Final Fantasy X-2. This marked the first time a game in the series had received a direct follow-up; all previous numbered installments were continuations of aspects of the themes and identity of the series, but not of any specific plot. Final Fantasy X-2 focused on Yuna, Rikku, and Paine as they became treasure seekers known as "sphere hunters". Espousing a decidedly more campy and upbeat tone than the original, Final Fantasy X-2 nevertheless received strong reviews at launch. Both games were subsequently remastered in HD in 2014, bringing better visuals and performance, as well as extra story content previously only found in the International versions.
We'll have to wait and see if Square Enix announces any concrete plans to create Final Fantasy X-3. There will be many hoping for a sequel, but whether or not it continues the bubbly, upbeat tone established by X-2 remains to be seen. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it.
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