Square Enix announced the next entry in the neverending story that is Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy XIV
. It comes after XIII
and before XV
, naturally. But this one, like XI
, will be online. It's coming to the PS3 and PC in 2010, and yes, it's in the hands of the pros. Hiromichi Tanaka and Nobuaki Komoto (both from Final Fantasy XI
and others in the series) take Producer and Director credits, respectively. Akihiko Yoshida (of Vagrant Story
and Final Fantasy XII
fame) heads up the art department. And of course Nobuo Uematsu -- who will fall on his sword
before he works outside of the Square Enix family -- will be on the musical conductor's stand.
These screenshots (14 screens for Final Fantasy XIV
? Gasp!) are all cinematic stills from the debut video. Final Fantasy XI
fans will notice some very familiar races at play here; the only limb we're going out on is one that's perhaps pushing the Japanese steampunk aesthetic just a little further. It takes place in the vast realm of Eorzea, which is apparently the Japanese word for "Niagara Falls."