Final Fantasy XV is shaping up as a very different experience from previous games of the series, and lead designer Wan Hazmer explained the reason in a new video by YouTube Channel Travel Garage TV
Hazmer explains that in Back to the Future II, during the opening scene, you can see flying cars and all sorts of futuristic things, The people there behave normally, because they’re used to it, but the viewer is still surprised when he sees the scene.
The idea of Final Fantasy XV’s creative process is to “provide that culture shock,” but making it realistic at the same time. The last thing the team wants is to make people think “wow, this is so fantastical, but why the hell is it there?”
That’s why I think this Final Fantasy is very different from the rest. Because it all starts from that process first. We think about the culture first.
He also explains that they first define the experience they want to achieve, and only then they decide the mechanics to get there.
Finally, Hazmer mentions that despite the fact that Final Fantasy XV has been such a long project, the team is “really getting there,” guaranteeing that it’s ultimately going to be on the shelves. He thinks that fans will love it.