Despite reports indicating that a Game Boy Advance port of Final Fantasy Tactics is well
into production, a Square representative recently told Dengeki GameCube that the company has
not yet committed to the project. According to the interview, Game Developers Studios, the
Square-headed team subsidized by Nintendo's "Fund Q," won't begin physical operations until
April. The group will then recruit additional Square teams as development plans are finalized by Akitoshi Kiwazu, GDS's leader.
The representative explicitly stated that development for Nintendo systems will be focused on the Game Boy Advance and that no GameCube titles, Final Fantasy or otherwise, are currently being planned. However, it was maintained that Square
is interested in the link connectivity between the two systems; it was also suggested that development irrespective of "Fund Q" is being considered.
Furthermore, development plans for the GBA will be based on fan opinion, thus rendering Final Fantasy titles, new or remake, prime
candidates given the franchise's worldwide popularity.
The interview re-affirmed that three or four GBA titles will be released before the end of 2002.
And as previously reported, Final Fantasy XI will see releases on PlayStation 2 and PC, while
Final Fantasy XII is currently in development solely for the PS2.