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Hiroyuki Ito has not worked hands-on with a single Square Enix game this gen!

#11TruthPosted 2/2/2013 5:05:33 PM
Wow! This is really notable point considering that Sakaguchi believes Ito can once again make FF a leading and respected series in gaming. It really puts things into perspective of why console FF has really failed this gen.

The last game Ito actually worked hands-on with was FFXII IZJS, released on PS2 in August 2007. Since then he has only worked hands-off (i.e. supervisor, special thanks, original concept). In other words, Hiroyuki Ito has not worked hands-on with a single game this gen (DS, PSP, iOS, 360, PS3, Wii). I find that really shocking. Anybody that knows what this man has done for FF should. If you don't know Hiroyuki Ito's track record then read the top of his Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroyuki_Ito

There is only one possible reasons why Hiroyuki Ito has not had a hands-on role for any Square Enix game this gen:

Hiroyuki Ito is too busy designing, producing and directing Final Fantasy XV. The scale and ambition of the game is so great that he can't work hands-on with any other game.

Is this a deluded belief or is it a realistic mentality? As of me typing this, Hiroyuki Ito is still a Square Enix employee and he's not a low rank one, either. He was promoted to Producer/Director by Yoichi Wada back in 2006. This is the exact same role Yoichi Wada gave Naoki Yoshida in 2010.

Hiroyuki ito is definitely working on something as Producer/Director and Yoichi Wada and the rest of Square Enix management are keeping it as classified as the inside of Area 51.

I would appreciate if somebody made a NeoGAF thread about this issue as I would be interested in reading their opinions on the matter. Seriously, will an entire console generation really go past with Hiroyuki Ito not working hands-on with a single game?
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#2Gandalf the IstariPosted 2/2/2013 5:10:36 PM
It's my one hope for the future of FF but I don't know that there is really anything besides speculation/rumor.
#3angry_cowtipperPosted 2/2/2013 5:16:51 PM
Who?
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#41Truth(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2013 5:18:00 PM
Gandalf the Istari posted...
It's my one hope for the future of FF but I don't know that there is really anything besides speculation/rumor.

You're not alone, bro. I just find it amazing that he hasn't worked on a single game this gen. Surely he must be busy with something. He can't still be at the company and being paid to do nothing, right?
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#51Truth(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2013 5:19:08 PM
angry_cowtipper posted...
Who?

Visit the link to his Wikipedia page in the OP. The man has done a lot for the FF series.
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#6ThamauturgePosted 2/2/2013 5:26:25 PM
Square knows how great his games are so they are ensuring that he isnt making any. Such a shame. 12, 9 and 6 are some of the greatest in the FF series.
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#71Truth(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2013 5:37:40 PM
Thamauturge posted...
Square knows how great his games are so they are ensuring that he isnt making any. Such a shame. 12, 9 and 6 are some of the greatest in the FF series.

It's really unfortunate. I'd like to have hope that he may be making FFXV for release this gen, but with next-gen fast approaching, that belief is beginning to seem very unrealistic.
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#8angry_cowtipperPosted 2/2/2013 5:44:18 PM
Well, it looks like he had nothing to do with VII or X, so I don't really care.
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#91Truth(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2013 5:47:16 PM
angry_cowtipper posted...
Well, it looks like he had nothing to do with VII or X, so I don't really care.

He conceived the Materia system in FFVII.
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#10angry_cowtipperPosted 2/2/2013 5:53:38 PM
1Truth posted...
angry_cowtipper posted...
Well, it looks like he had nothing to do with VII or X, so I don't really care.

He conceived the Materia system in FFVII.


Eh..
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