Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida isn’t just one of the highest profile executives in the gaming industry, but he is also a big gamer. Not only he managed to achieve the platinum trophy on challenging games like Bloodborne, but he has been known to show skill as well. Today we learn his pick for game of the year, and it’s Square Enix’s latest JRPG Final Fantasy XV.
Yoshida-san explained in detail the reasons for his choice as part of 4Gamer‘s traditional year end mass interview:
“Final Fantasy XV dropped the rules of the so-called JRPG, and I think it was successful in the bold attempt to redefine Final Fantasy on the same level with the current standard of RPG in the western industry with high action combat and open world.
The attitude “FF=Challenger” isn’t just about technology. I thought it was wonderful to share the situation of development by communicating directly with the users, and to convey the feeling of the world and the characters in advance with a movie and animation.
I think it’s a monumental achievement that will go down in the history of RPG, showing overseas game fan that the Japanese AAA gaming industry is also working hard”
If you’re wondering, Yoshida-san actually finished the game, and has kept going afterwards, flying around on his Regalia Type-F.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) December 27, 2016
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) December 28, 2016
Shu Yoshida definitely isn’t the only one enjoying Final Fantasy XV. If you want to know what we think about it, you can read our review.
You can also check out which games ended up as the favorite among a large number of Japanese developers, and if you want to express your own opinion, don’t forget to vote for our Rearders’ Choice Game of the Year 2016.