Final Fantasy XV Was Reportedly Almost Developed By Eidos Montreal

Final Fantasy XV’s development process was infamously long, especially when compared to other mainline entries in the series, and at one point it looked like development would be helmed by Western studio Eidos Montreal.

Speaking to TrueAchievements, former Eidos Montreal art director Jonathan Jacque-Belletete revealed that the studio had a “really cool” Final Fantasy game in development that would have been the 15th entry in the core series, but Final Fantasy Versus XIII was eventually changed to be the next chapter in the franchise.

“[Eidos Montreal] brought back Deus Ex. I was the art director on that–Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Then I was the executive art director on Mankind Divided. Then we tried to do Final Fantasy 15,” Jacque-Belletete said. “Then Square Enix decided to bring FF15 back to Japan, which I think was a big mistake, but it’s still the truth. Ours was really, really cool.”

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Author: Darryn Bonthuys