The Assassin’s Festival crossover DLC for Final Fantasy XV certainly surprised many, not only due to the subject, but also due to how elaborate and complex the collaboration was, going as far as replicating relevant gameplay mechanics of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
Since the recipe certainly appears to be as juicy as Ignis’ dishes, we asked Director Hajime Tabata whether there are any plans for more of these collaborations in the future.
Tabata-san explained that Square Enix worked directly with the Assassin’s Creed development team as part of a close collaboration to bring the content to life. This level of collaboration was enabled by the mutual respect the two development teams had for each other.
Square Enix hoped for both Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed fans to enjoy the content, and Tabata-san believes that this goal was achieved. While there is nothing else planned at the moment in terms of other collaborations or crossovers, if another chance like this appeared that could be beneficial for both sides, it’s “definitely” something the team would like to look into.
Tabata-san also shared that the trailer was revealed at a fan event at Ubisoft’s booth at Gamescom, at first the Assassin’s Creed fans were surprised and they weren’t realizing what was going on, then they responded enthusiastically, and there were some Final Fantasy XV fans there as well, so he feels that the two fan bases overlap at least partly.
So there you have it, straight from the lion’s mouth. If you’re a developer and would like to cross your game over with Final Fantasy XV, the door isn’t closed. Give Square Enix a call.
Square Enix is keeping ip with the updates Final Fantasy XV for both PS4 and Xbox One. Besides the Assassin’s Festival crossover event, they recently released patch 1.15, while Episode Ignis is scheduled for release in December.
Final Fantasy XV is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One, while the Windows Edition will launch on PC via Steam in early 2018. The Pocket Edition will release this fall for iOS, Android and Windows 10.
[Original interview: Jordan Loeffler]