Why the first suggestion for the name of the game was rejected

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Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster has been available on PlayStation Now since December and the PlayStation Blog continues the tradition of reminding developers of this release.

As part of this, Yoshinori Kitase already revealed some of the major changes to the original Final Fantasy X that weren’t made until six months before the master’s deadline. He also spoke about Final Fantasy X-2 afterwards.

It was the first direct sequel to Final Fantasy, a novelty at the time and not really accepted by many fans. That’s why it has Final Fantasy X-2 probably still difficult for many fans today. But the developers were also doing something completely different, actually trivial.

Strange challenge?

“It may sound strange, but one of the biggest challenges we faced during the production of Final Fantasy X-2 was the name of the new game,” explains Yoshinori Kitase.

“A direct sequel to a main game was brand new and when we proposed ‘X-2’ there was initial uncertainty as to whether the game would be perceived as Final Fantasy XII and so the proposal was turned down for now,” continued Kitase.

Actually, the name was a bit irritating at the time. The author well remembers that at the time friends called the game “X-2”, that is, put the letter X in front. Although it was of course the Roman 10.

“Everyone likes the name now,” Kitase says today. And he also thinks after all these years that Final Fantasy X-2 is one of the controversial parts of the series in retrospect. “In the end, the game turned out to be more divisive than other games – partly due to the bright and poppy impressions that make the game look completely different from the other installments in the series.”

Pictures: Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, Square Enix

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