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Naoki Yoshida talks about how Final Fantasy XIV's Nier: Automata event came to be

Naoki Yoshida talks about how Final Fantasy XIV's Nier: Automata event came to be

Written by Brayden — 07 Feb 2019

Following the surprise announcement of the Nier: Automata Alliance Raid coming to Final Fantasy XIV, producer/director Naoki Yoshida revealed how it came to be in an interview with Famitsu.

In this Yoshida confirms Nier series director Yoko Taro is writing the event, similar to Yasumi Matsuno for the Final Fantasy XII event in 2018 and Motomu Toriyama for the Final Fantasy XIII event in 2013.

In another part of the interview he also spoke about if Nobuo Uematsu will again be composing the main theme for the upcoming expansion and what he'd personally like to see in the future of the Final Fantasy series.

You can read it all below thanks to Siliconera.

A NieR: Automata Alliance Raid collaboration was announced, but how did you guys decide on having NieR for the Alliance Raid?

Naoki Yoshida, Director & Producer: “There’s been a lot of voices from around the world clamoring for costumes of characters that appear in NieR, and they’ve been saying ‘please do a collaboration with NieR’ from the very beginning. I previously talked about there being no end to MMOs, but at the same time change is important, and if you keep on creating with the same staff and designers it starts becoming a similar pattern. However, it is too risky to completely change the system itself. So the way I see it is that if we invite a creator who thinks differently from me—if we create a game together, then we can create a new kind of game experience that I wouldn’t have been able to on my own. That’s something we’d like to offer uniquely through Final Fantasy XIV’s raid dungeons called Alliance Raids.

This time around, I previously spoke with producer Saito (Yosuke Saito) who approached me around the time of NieR’s release. While Final Fantasy XIV’s plans are made way in advance, a collaboration with NieR would have some impact, so we had some drinks and discussed about ‘rather than doing a half-baked collaboration, wouldn’t it be more fun to make something that could surprise everyone in the world?’ Now that I think about it, it feels like all surprising moments go hand in hand with alcohol [laughs].”

Will you be calling guest creators for Final Fantasy XIV again? Are there any collaborations you’d like to do?

Naoki Yoshida: “I don’t know. We haven’t started anything yet, so there’s not much I can say. Wait, I have to talk about several years down the road? [laughs] We’re not even sure whether we’ll keep doing Alliance Raids with guest creators. It wouldn’t be that fun if it ends up becoming the same old pattern. We have to think of different ways to surprise you guys. I want to make it as unexpected as possible, so just wonder about all the possibilities that can happen for now.”

The previous Alliance Raid “Return to Ivalice” was set in an alternate world, but with the NieR Alliance Raid announced, what kind of world or setting will it have? Will it be set in the world of NieR?

Naoki Yoshida: “At the very least, you’ll have something called the ‘YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse’ in the world of Final Fantasy XIV, so we’re making sure it fits naturally into Final Fantasy XIV. As for what happens when the two worlds crossover, I hope you get to see it for yourself. The rest depends on what Yoko-san writes. The three of us including Saito-san, Yoko-san, and myself are planning on getting together to talk things through, so please look forward to it.”


Will Nobuo Uematsu-san compose the theme song for Shadowbringers?

Naoki Yoshida, Director & Producer: “To be frank, I can’t give you an answer. There’s definitely a reason. As you may be aware, Uematsu-san has been feeling a bit under the weather. He recently said that he’s gotten better, but we can’t just have him immediately start working after recovering, and there remains a very important job for him with Final Fantasy VII Remake, and as much as I’d love to ask him to compose if he’s in tiptop shape, the call is theirs to make.”

For the future of online in Final Fantasy, as a director, what kind of elements do you think Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy XVII should offer?

Naoki Yoshida: “Huh? Hmm, you guys are asking some tough questions [laughs]. That’s funny, I thought FanFests were supposed to be fun, but here we are with this super hard question [laughs]. First, if you’re asking whether the Final Fantasy series will get another MMO soon, I think the chances are unlikely so long as Final Fantasy XIV is doing well. On that note, personally speaking, I’d like to see a Final Fantasy that is straightforward fantasy, one that doesn’t have much machinery, and with no mecha in it. After all, we’re having trouble with the Garlean Empire being too powerful. Ah, okay, that was a bad joke [laughs].”


Note: Artwork is from Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers and not necessarily the event.

Source: Siliconera