There have recently been some rumors by the website Dark Pixel regarding an apparent Final Fantasy game in space that would have had similar gameplay to Mass Effect, but it was cancelled before it could even get going. The Final Fantasy project was apparently known as Project W.
The reports claim that the work on the Final Fantasy game in space was initiated following Square Enix’s acquisition of Eidos Interactive. The Final Fantasy 12 spin-off game known as “Project Fortress” was also cancelled around the same time, which was being developed by Swedish studio Grin. This game would have been the first Final Fantasy game made by a Western studio and aimed at Western audiences, but for some reasons it also failed to materialize.
Several well-known companies were enlisted to help design the Final Fantasy game in space, including renowned visual effects artists WETA Workshop (who were behind the visual effects in the Lord of the Rings movies).
Had the game really taken place in space, it isn’t hard to imagine it probably would have been visually stunning. The Dark Pixel report claims the game’s space would have had a wide array of energy waves, nebula clouds, and different shapes, while players would journey through the galaxy on airships that were capable of space travel.
The Final Fantasy in space project apparently limped along for a couple of years before Square Enix finally decided to scrap it and pulled the plug on it. Although considering the fact that we would receive the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy a few years later a lot of people probably wish they would have allowed the Western-developed game to finish development.
It’s probably safe to say at this point we’ll never know what a Final Fantasy game in space might have looked like, that is of course unless Square Enix ultimately decides to restart the project and let a Western studio to finish the game.
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