Just thought I’d throw this out there to see if anyone had opinions. If you could take a franchise that’s either fallen on hard times, you don’t like as much as you used to (and believe it’s in decline), or a franchise that’s simply been off the radar for several years, how would you do it?
What five steps would you take to ensure that the franchise came back strong in its next entry? If it’s less than five, so be it, but I figured five would be a nice limit so we didn’t have to go in to TOO much detail.
Anyways, here’s mine:
Step 1: Allow players to switch between real-time and turn-based battling formats. I’m sure this seems like a huge undertaking, but if they want Final Fantasy to follow in the footsteps of other, more westernized RPGs, it’d be great if they could also give this nod to its past, as I know some fans want turn-based instead. This would satisfy everyone, provided they could do both well enough.
Step 2: Bring in more writers that can create a compelling, unique story and know how to write characters believably; with depth, nuance and compelling personalities that don’t feel so tropey.
Step 3: Take the series back to its more fantastical roots in terms of settings. I’m not saying that everything has to look like graphically modernized versions of the old games, but something that feels more fun to explore and unique, interesting and varied. Also, ya know, fantastical.
Step 4: Make any and all actions streamlined, easy to use and rewarding, including leveling, jobs, fighting, using magic, summons, etc. Stop making everything so intricate, complicated, contextual or just flat out boring. Is it fun to have characters auto-fighting? Is it fun to make magic such a finite resource? Is is fun to only get to use summons rarely?
Step 5: Stop taking so freaking long to put out games. Announce a game, release it within a calendar year of that announcement.
So that’s my five “easy” steps. What franchise would you fix and how would you do it?