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“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in a film anymore” March 8, 2009

Posted by Tom in Eidos, Hollywood, Square Enix.
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In a bold interview with computerandvideogames.com Square Enix’ veteran Yoshinori Yamagashi has claimed that games are due to overtake films when it comes to storytelling. Yamagashi explains:

In TV, film and theatre, the creator has control over how he gives the story to the viewer – it’s easier to control the emotions…

…I’ve been talking about this hurdle we have to jump over, with the interactive elements [of gaming]. But if we manage to get over this hurdle, then I regard videogames as a greater medium to provide people with deep emotional and exciting experiences.

Unsurprisingly this has made many observers of the gaming industry sit up and take notice. Games are advancing every year and the current generation of consoles have already given us a taste of what’s to come. Just look at the sumptuous graphics of Final Fantasy XIII in the trailers and you get a feeling that you’re in for a treat when it gets released. Hironobu Sakaguchi, a Square veteran himself proudly stated many years ago on Final Fantasy 1 that he wanted to tell a story through a video game medium. Perhaps the time will soon come when his dream will truly be realised.  Aeris’ death in Final Fantasy VII, the Ragnarok love scene in Final Fantasy VIII, Zidane’s pity of Kuja at the end of Final Fantasy IX are just some of the most memorable hollywood style scenes to come from the creative minds of Square Enix.

However, this latest comment also prooves why many Tomb Raider fans are perhaps justified in thinking carefully about TR’s future in the light of the Square Enix takeover. Just over a week ago Fanboy reported on its gaining momentum.  Along with this, an increasing feeling that Tomb Raider will turn an auspicious corner as a direct result has been gaining its own momentum. The idea that Square Enix may have an influence on the storyline and movie prospects is just one among many out there.

Square Enix is undoubtedly a host to some of the most creative and ambitious minds in the industry but now they have become tied to the Tomb Raider franchise, we are entering very interesting times indeed. Only time will tell what kind of changes (big or small) we will see.

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