About SquareEnix and "new IPs"

#1capgamerPosted 9/13/2011 12:15:00 PM
Am I the only one who thinks it's kinda funny that their new 3DS game is considered a "new IP" when they put out a bunch of Final Fantasy games that are basically nothing like each other and those are part of the same series somehow...

Ie: Final Fantasy X was extremely different from Final Fantasy XII. About the only thing they had in common was... spell names and a few enemies?

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles series has absolutely nothing to do with the main series... which has nothing to do with itself half the time...

So a new IP is basically a new name.
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#2kamikaze135Posted 9/13/2011 12:16:29 PM
Are you serious, TC?
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#3capgamer(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2011 12:17:06 PM
Yes I'm totally serious.
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#4TerotrousPosted 9/13/2011 12:18:51 PM
It's true that Final Fantasy isn't exactly an IP that suffers from rehashes.
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#5gunstarzPosted 9/13/2011 12:19:58 PM
TC, the thing that ties Final Fantasy games together is the IP...
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#6capgamer(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2011 12:21:31 PM
So basically IP is just... a name? That seems a little odd to me. They could have called the new game Final Fantasy: 3DS and I don't think anyone would be surprised or question that name.
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#7gunstarzPosted 9/13/2011 12:24:25 PM
The name, the Chocobos, Moogles, little Final Fantasy related things. The things that make it a Final Fantasy game are the same things that make up the IP. Think of it as an overall brand, as opposed to a logo.
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#8kamikaze135Posted 9/13/2011 12:24:33 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles are a spin off series to the Final Fantasy series. All of the main Final Fantasy games use one or two mechanics from the old games while utilizing something totally new. All of the main Final Fantasy games are called Final Fantasy because the same monsters are used, Cid is in it, the spell names, and that they try take full advantage of the system they're on (not counting ports and remakes).

The reason this game is a new IP is because they're creating assets specifically for this game that haven't been used in their prior games and building on new ideas. Maybe the monsters in that game all share some sort of similarity and they make new IPs to try and keep their games feeling fresh (though this doesn't seem to work in their favor most of the time). Also, not everybody is a fan of the Final Fantasy series.

Another thing to note is that this RPG they're making might be a quick cash in and they don't want to further tarnish the Final Fantasy name with it.
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#9TerotrousPosted 9/13/2011 12:24:53 PM
Only trolls think new IPs matter, anyway. They've never been in short supply, and most of the people who harp on Nintendo for not putting out more new IPs are those who can't wait for the next Assassin's Creed or Grand Theft Auto title.
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#10kamikaze135Posted 9/13/2011 12:28:22 PM
Gnik posted...
Only trolls think new IPs matter, anyway. They've never been in short supply, and most of the people who harp on Nintendo for not putting out more new IPs are those who can't wait for the next Assassin's Creed or Grand Theft Auto title.

Every successful franchise started off as a new IP so I guess every gamer is a troll.
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