FFIV Interview Talks About Making Cecil First, Yang’s Wife’s Frying Pan

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Square Enix released a Final Fantasy IV interview with game designer and screenwriter Takashi Tokita. Much of it focuses on various characters from the game. But there are a few things that stand out. For example, Tokita mentioned how Cecil was probably the first FFIV character created and discussed the shot of Yang’s wife’s frying pan for a critical moment.

Editor’s Note: There are FFIV spoilers in Tokita’s interview responses.

First, when it came to discussing which one? FFIV character was created first, Tokita said Cecil was probably the first to come up. This was due to the concept of a dark knight becoming a paladin as an early plot point. Here’s his exact quote from the interview.

I think it could be Cecil, he was the main character and all. I’m pretty sure the concept of changing from dark knight to paladin was there from the start, as well as rival Kain and heroine Rosa. From there, to keep up FFBecause of the balanced variation in character, age, and gender, I thought it might be a good idea to include children—a pair of twin mages with one a white mage and the other a black mage, from which Palom and Porom evolved. Yang and Edge and the like was also my idea, to incorporate some sort of sense of variety.

Later, Tokita brought up the appearance of Yang’s wife’s frying pan, which led to it being implemented as a “resurrection” item.

Goodbye is so intensely dramatic, so our original plan was for the characters to die one after the other. But Mr. Sakaguchi didn’t think that was a viable element in a video game and instead wanted to keep the members alive, including all of them in the party. We were able to achieve this in later ports of FFIVBut it’s not showmanship to let everyone live forever, so with Yang we let you go to his wife and get the frying pan that has the power to wake him up. In FFIV for Nintendo DS we’ve added a feature that shows you what the group members were thinking. With that, we made a point of adding lines like Cecil mistakenly thinking something like, “Oh, if we’re cooking food with this…!” when taking the frying pan.

Final Fantasy IV is available on Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, PC, Super Nintendo and Wonderswan. A 3D remake appeared on the Nintendo DS, PC and mobile devices. It will also be part of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster line and appear on PC and mobile devices.

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