Yasumi Matsuno shares scrapped plans for Final Fantasy Tactics 2
During a live broadcast yesterday, Final Fantasy Tactics series director Yasumi Matsuno talked about Final Fantasy XIV's "Return to Ivalice raid. As part of the livestream, Matsuno and some of his old team members commented during a playthrough of Final Fantasy Tactics. But there was something even more exciting to be shared.
Apparently, after Final Fantasy Tactics was released and around the time Vagrant Story was being created in the late 90s, Hironobu Sakaguchi was working on plans for a Final Fantasy Tactics 2 project. As part of the planning period, there were discussions on whether Squaresoft would be able to develop the game internally; however, the decision was later made to outsource the project.
Since 3D development at the time was still difficult to manage, they planned to use a 2D hexagonal system that you can see more of in the images below. Unfortunately, according to Yasumi Matsuno, the company decided to shelve the project for a number of reasons.
It's been more than a decade since the last FFT entry - Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift - was released, so one would hope that with Matsuno reuniting with so many of his old cohorts that they may be willing to revisit the series.