Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Explains Why Final Fantasy XV Is His Game of The Year

on December 28, 2016 3:18 PM

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.

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.

 /  Executive News Editor
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.