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Today we would take a look back at one of the most iconic, popular and groundbreaking role-playing game franchises Final Fantasy with the long-awaited release of Final Fantasy 15. Finally, here it's time to take a look back at the franchise which dates back to 1987, with the very first Final Fantasy game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. While the franchise has had its ups and downs, it is still going strong to this day.
So it's time to take a look back at three decades worth of history of the Final Fantasy franchise. First, let's take a look at Final Fantasy 1987. The original Final Fantasy developed by square now Square Enix, debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System or Famicom in Japan. In 1987. Final Fantasy set the tone for the franchise featuring an overworld map. Players would use this map to travel to different locations and then encounter various enemies. While traveling through the overworld map players could randomly encounter various enemies, the enemy is thrown into a menu turn-based battle system. This battle system would long become a common gameplay element for the franchise.
Originally Square wasn't keen on making a new RPG game. However, Final Fantasy franchise creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, was given the go-ahead to make a new RPG game for the company due to the success of Dragon Quest. His project was inspired by titles such as Ultima and Wizardry, and it had the working title of fighting fantasy. The team wanted a simple title that would fit in with the abbreviation and the Roman alphabet of if-if, but since fighting fantasy was already taken by a series of tabletop games, the team at square opted to call the game final fantasy and a legend was born.
Speaking on the experience, Sakaguchi stated that "to be sure we had our backs to the wall when we're developing Final Fantasy, but really anything that started with F would have just been fine for the title". The story followed for young light warriors in a fantasy world who are prophesized to save the land from darkness. The light warriors must stop an evil Knight named garland, who eventually becomes a powerful arch team named chaos. Game designer Akiyoshi Kawasu created the game's iconic battle system. Taking inspiration from tabletop RPGs such as Dungeons.