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OK, I'm posting a new version of this topic for those that want to see my corroborated evidence. Hiroyuki Ito will likely direct FFXVI. We're not stuck with Kitase/Toriyama after we get FFXV by Nomura.
The following points imply that Ito's either directing FFXVI or has some other major role on it. Together they support the "Hiroyuki Ito is directing FFXVI" belief that a growing number of FF fans have:
January 2011 > Hiroshi Minagawa avoided answering if FFXV would be his next game as director after Tactics Ogre PSP.
November 2011 > Yoshinori Kitase said that we will get FFXV and FFXVI in the near future.
February 2012 > Hironobu Sakaguchi told me face-to-face while he was in London, he believes Hiroyuki Ito could make FF a leading and respected RPG series again.
March 2012 > Shinichi Tatsuke stated that Hiroyuki Ito only provided the original concept of Guardian Cross and was not actually a member of the development team.
August 2012 > Naoki Yoshida said that Hiroyuki Ito was not working on FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. However, he wouldn't disclose what game Ito was working on.
> Naoki Yoshida said that FFXIV ARR is the starting point of regaining people's trust in the FF franchise. He added it will make people excited to see what will be in store for them in FFXV and FFXVI.
September 2012 > Hiroyuki Ito said that current gen (PS3/360) was too weak to handle his gameplay ideas.
February 2013 > Naoki Yoshida said that back in December 2010, when he became Producer/Director of FFXV 1.0, many other staff were brought in from other projects. He added that Hiroshi Minagawa is multi-tasking ARR with another big project. What other big project is Minagawa working on? It's not FFXV.
May 2013 > I asked Toshiyuki Itahana via Twitter if Hiroyuki Ito will direct another mainline FF, as FFIX and FFXII are my favorites. He replied saying that he also respects Hiroyuki Ito as an amazing game creator, and that I should please look forward to Ito's next game.
> Nobuo Uematsu told me face-to-face while he was in London, he can guarantee that Hiroyuki Ito will direct another FF game. When I asked if Ito will direct either FFXV or FFXVI, he laughed and replied that his answer would get him in trouble with Square Enix.
July 2013 > Shinji Hashimoto said that Hiroyuki ito has been planning and proposing ideas for a new project. He added that Ito is adding a lot of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, development of this project will take some time.
September 2013 > Shinji Hashimoto told me face-to-face while he was in London, the reason Hiroyuki Ito hasn't worked on any current gen (PS3/360) FF games is because he's been busy planning his own project for a few years now. When I asked when this project will be announced, he replied saying that Ito is adding a tremendous amount of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, this project will take some time until it's revealed.
> I asked Yasumi Matsuno via Twitter if he would write the scenario for FFXVI if Hiroyuki Ito was the director. He replied saying thanks for the question, but he unfortunately had "certain reservations" about answering it. In other words, the answer to the question was in NDA territory.
> Yasumi Matsuno announced that he was working on two new games with Playdek. However, when asked if he would be directing either of them, he said that he won't because he's currently got other projects going, some having contracted out a large amount of work from him.
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The game would not be released before 5-7 years atleast (announced even) anyway. (FFXV-2015, FFXV2-2017, FFXV3-2019. That's like 6 years from now) Do you intend to repeatedly do this for those entire years?
Yoshinori Kitase said that we will get FFXV and FFXVI in the near future.
He added that Ito is adding a lot of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, development of this project will take some time.
When I asked when this project will be announced, he replied saying that Ito is adding a tremendous amount of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, this project will take some time until it's revealed.
I am pretty excited. But which one is it? Near future or some time, before we see the game?
Hmmm, as much i want the Ivalice Alliance to team up and develop FFXVI, most of the info you provide are mostly PR BS though. It's not evidence that Ito is working on it, unfortunately.
I want the Ivalice Alliance to develop the TRUE next gen FF fully utilising the Luminous Engine's power. Wich FFXV doesnt, since the engine aint ready yet, and the showed footage looked like an upscaled PS3 game getting a paintjob.
But, it's very possible it will be the Devil's Brotherhood (Toriyama, Watanabe, Kitase) that will provide us FFXVI after FFXV, FFXV-2, FVXV-3 and the Vita spinoff of an spinoff.