Rumor: Square Enix Seeking Developers for Numbered Game of "Super-Famous" RPG Series

Square Enix might be gearing up to work on a new numbered title of one of its prominent RPG franchises.

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 21, 2017

With Final Fantasy XV well into its DLC stage, and Dragon Quest XI getting closer and closer to its Japanese release, something else might be moving at Square Enix.

On the Japanese recruitment site ECareerFA, an ad was posted by an anonymous company searching for a 2D Artist for a “Super-Famous RPG Series.”

Later in the ad, it’s mentioned that the artist will be tasked with creating the image of “a certain RPG’s numbered title.” He will work on the concepts of towns, fields, dungeons, background props like furniture and emblems, vehicles, weapons, items and map icons.

We also read that the candidate must be able to design with focus on the importance of the world view. From the description, it appears to be a game in the concept, pre-production or very early production phase, which is when a large amount of concept art is created.

While the company’s name is not specified, the hints are rather solid: it’s described as having created “huge RPGs” and having launched online games as well. It has a digital entertainment business that provides “high quality games with unique world views” and delivered “a large number of million-sellers.” On top of that, the company has an amusement business based focused on the Taito Station arcades (Taito is owned by Square Enix), a publishing business for manga, and a licensing business, exactly like Square Enix.

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Quite telling is also the description of the location of the company’s headquarters. It’s in Tokyo, one minute from the Higashi-Shinjuku station of the Oedo Line and Fukutoshin line, eight minutes from the main Shinjuku Station, and eight minutes from the Shunjuku Sanchome station of the Marunouchi and Fukutoshin line.

Care to take a guess which major publisher has its headquarters fitting that location?

I’ll give you a hint. I took the picture below standing at the exit of the Higashi-Shinjuku station.

Of course, since no official announcement has been made, this is all rumor and speculation for now, but it’s certainly interesting

Could this be the firs hint of the coming of Final Fantasy XVI? Or maybe it’s something completely different? Future will tell, but for now, this is all we have.

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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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