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So you know that malarkey that always comes up with regards to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within being the sole "demise of Squaresoft" when Final Fantasy and Square Enix fans like to bash the film? Welp, as perfected, its flat out wrong:


As brought up in most stories relating to Squaresoft's demise and the reason for Square Enix's merger, the popular conclusion seems to rest solely and inaccurately on "Sakaguchi bringing the company to bankruptcy therefore forcing Square and Enix to merge."

While The Spirits Within was a financial failure and played its role in hurting the company, it did not destroy Squaresoft nor did it force the company to merge with Enix. Sparking the interest of others and myself, a few select gaffer's provided fascinating and lesser known details that seemed to add up and make a ton of sense considering the general structure and output in the last decade. Through LevelNth and Drek's posts on the subject, here is Cheerilee's simplified summary of their posts touching on some issues that never seem to be recognized [READ THE ENTIRE THREAD]



Check it out on NeoGaf.com, because its long, involved and incredibly in-depth.
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k, let’s be honest - the most common argument you hear about The Spirits Within is that it doesn’t have anything to do with Final Fantasy. Seeing as how I have (a) an open mind, and (b) an extensive knowledge of the Final Fantasy series, I find no issues in saying that whoever thinks that is both wrong and ignorant.

Let me break it down for you folks, by looking at the COMMON THEMES of the numbered series - excluding Final Fantasy 11 and 14…cause fuck MMOs. ALSO, spoilers ahead - so cover your ears if you don’t know the basic plots of the games…even if you’re reading this.


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Square Enix’s 2001 CGI Final Fantasy movie, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, heavily influenced development of the Mass Effect series, according to BioWare art director Derek Watts.

“Yeah, you know we actually reference a lot from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,” said Watts, speaking to the latest issue of Xbox World 360 Magazine. “We used a lot of their GUIs and the way they did their ship – that was kind of like in some of the early designs for the Normandy.

“Our attack helicopters are loosely based off that movie. There’s some great stuff, especially their glowing GUI screens; we used those a lot. I keep a folder of that stuff and I still actually tell the guys ‘just go back and look at that. Change it like that!’” [SOURCE]




Seriously, color me pleasantly surprised :D

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