In a recent interview with TrueAchievements, former Eidos Montreal Art Director Jonathan Jacques-Bellette confirmed the long-standing rumor. “We tried to make Final Fantasy XV. Then they decided to bring her back to Japan, which I thought was a big mistake, but that’s how it turned out in the end. Our game was very, very cool” said Jacques-Bellette.
Unfortunately, the developer did not talk in detail about the project. However, as TrueAchievements points out, this comment definitively confirms the rumor that originated from the 2018 SuperBunnyHop video, which can be seen below. The YouTuber claimed that according to several anonymous sources, Final Fantasy 15 was originally in development at Eidos Montreal.
According to the original SuperBunnyHop video, Eidos Montreal had “basic art, some basic game design in the super secret office.” The video also claims that the project is a “space opera RPG” with a love triangle, and Jacques-Bellette’s new comments certainly confirm this video.
Unfortunately, this was not destined to come true. Square Enix eventually brought Final Fantasy 15 back to Japan, where it was rebooted and remastered by Hajime Tabata after Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura left the project. Final Fantasy 15 came out in 2016 after over a decade in development and most recently surpassed 10 million copies sold, which is the goal Tabata and his team originally set for an RPG.