According to Andriasang, Square Enix is working on an RPG that you can “play on the go and on whatever platform you want.” Other than this sounding pretty impossible, I don’t see these facts adding up. Companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony are very negative toward cross-system compatibility and are vehemently against the concept of allowing an Xbox 360 game to talk to a PlayStation 3 game, or vice versa.
So just how is this going to work then? Is it going to be a browser-based RPG? The last time I checked, not every device could access the Internet, and a 3DS or PSVita Web browser is going to be far less equipped processor-wise to handle an RPG with a massive graphical demand.
Square Enix is also working on Final Fantasy XII-2-II, apparently.
Yet Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura insists that his fantasy RPG (as in it doesn’t exist) is a “hardware-less” “action RPG” that you can “play anywhere.” So, like an imaginary game? I play imaginary games all the time. Sometimes I’m pretending Super Mario is jumping along the top of the buildings in my street, or that I have to make a cup of coffee without touching the kitchen floor because it has turned into lava.
What I’m trying to say is that these are very big claims: Just because the world ends in December of this year doesn’t mean you can make wild promises that you can’t keep. In time we’ll see just how mediocre and average this idea turns out. I really doubt that Square Enix has tapped into gestalt and offered us an RPG we can play in our own minds.
It could also be something like FarmVille, in which case the phrase “action-RPG” is completely inaccurate and someone needs to fire this guy.