The story is certainly known to fans, but not everyone: do you know why Final Fantasy was named this way?
It is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic licenses of video games. Series Final Fantasy literally has dozens of titles, some of which have marked their time – like Final Fantasy VI and VII, this one having even been entitled to a remake twenty years later. Sign of its immense impact, this universe was entitled to the honors of the cinema, with in particular two very noticed films, but not always very well received: Creatures of the Spirit and Advent Children.
One last fantasy
However, all of this could never have happened and then the face of video games would have been very different. It is almost by chance that this video game saga could exist, because the studio which is at the origin, Square, came close to bankruptcy. This is where the name comes from Final Fantasy : it was about the last fantasy of the studio before putting the key under the door. A sort of last dance, a real swan song, before the disappearance.
This story, no doubt that fans of Final Fantasy already know her. It was notably confirmed in 2009 by the Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, who wrote the very famous themes of the license. To a journalist from Wired, the interested party explained that the creator of the license, Hironobu Sakaguchi, almost threw in the towel, by giving up working in the video game – he was going to go back to university -, while Square was about to do bankruptcy. And this is the real reason for the name.
Either way, in any case, it was Hironobu Sakaguchi and Square’s latest fantasy. But the story doesn’t quite end here. If this aspect is rather well known, there is another facet which is undoubtedly not so well known: it is reported by Sora News, based on an article in Japanese from the magazine Famitsu, which is one of the references of the genre in Japan.
In this 2015 article, it is explained that Hironobu Sakaguchi, while giving a speech at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, wanted a title with a simple abbreviation in the Roman alphabet (FF), as well as a pronunciation in Japanese in four syllables (“efu efu”). As the world of video games was decidedly whimsical, that is to say inspired by fantasy, it was not too difficult to find the second part of the name. The first one, on the other hand, took longer to come.
It was indeed not planned to choose “Final” at the start. For a while, another word was favored, “Fighting”. Except that Fighting Fantasy could not see the light of day, because a board game already bore this name. There was no question of exposing yourself to possible legal concerns with a title already used elsewhere. It is therefore on “Final” that the team fell back. And today, it has been 30 years since this last fantasy endures.
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