Square Enix"‹ is obviously looking to refresh Final Fantasy following the mixed reaction to Final Fantasy XIII"‹ and the not-so-well-received MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, and they may be looking toward action RPGs.
Speaking with Edge, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the global market is moving away from turn-based systems and toward action-RPGs. Will Final Fantasy XV be even more action-oriented than Final Fantasy XIII?
"That's a trend," Kitase said, and something "you ignore at your peril." He also hinted that Final Fantasy XIII's more action-oriented elements are something to build upon.
"FFXIII and FFXIII-2's battle systems have those elements of speed and action that are the key words for us, though that doesn't necessarily mean we're going to stick to the same route in our next game," he said. "That's something only time can tell."
With Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Final Fantasy Versus XIII still to come, Final Fantasy XV won't be released anytime soon. But whenever it does appear, it wouldn't be surprising to see a heavy emphasis on action.