Left Alive Director Teases Incoming News; Square Enix Devs Talk Plans and New Projects for 2018

Square Enix developers share their plans and hopes for 2018, while Left Alive Director Toshifumi Nabeshima teases incoming news.

December 28, 2017

One of the most interesting reveals of Tokyo Game Show was Square Enix’s Left Alive, and according to Director Toshifumi Nabeshima, we won’t have to wait too long to hear more about the game.

In the massive New Year group interview on the Japanese 4Gamer, Nabeshima-san explained that he was happy to see that the reaction to the announcement was beyond his expectations, even if that makes him feel a lot of pressure.

He also thinks that we can expect more information about the game at “a timing that is not too far.”

Left Alive is said to be a survival action shooter, coming with prominent post-apocalyptic elements. The main staff is absolutely stellar, including Nabeshima-san himself, who directed Armored Core, the character design by super-popular Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa, and mecha design by Takayuki Yanase, who contributed to works like Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Xenoblade Chronicles X. 


In the same interview, more prominent Square Enix developers mentioned their plans for 2018.

Dragon Quest XI Director Takeshi Uchikawa hopes to “encourage all the staff to create games” so that “surprising information” can be shared next year. Producer of the PS4 version Hokuto Okamoto would also like to start working on a new game. The same goes for Executive Producer Yosuke Saito, who hopes to have the chance to announce a new game sometime in 2018. Funnily, he pulled a Yoko Taro-like line, encouraging fans not to expect too much. Looks like some Yoko Taro-ness rubbed off on him while they worked together on NieR: Automata.

Final Fantasy Brand Manager Shinji Hashimoto explained that games on both consoles and smartphones are improving more and more, and while the milestone of the 30th anniversary is now in the past, he would like to go back to the origins and continue developing the games.

Last, but not least, Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata mentioned that in 2018 his team will start full-scale development towards the next generation. On top of that, since he is now allowed to do side projects, he’d like to do something in that direction as well.

Speaking of Left Alive, it will be released for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam) in 2018. If you want to see moreyou can check out a batch of screenshotsthe original teaser trailer and the first full trailer with a glimpse of gameplay.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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