On 24 October 2016, we were invited to a special session with Wan Hazmer, the Lead Game Designer of Final Fantasy XV. He came to talk about the Malaysian influence in Final Fantasy XV, as well as to show off previews of the highly-anticipated game which will be released on 29 November 2016.
Due to the secretive nature of the briefing, we were not allowed to record video footage of the event, or the Final Fantasy XV gameplay Wan Hazmer demonstrated. But we were allowed to take pictures and record their speeches. Check out what they revealed at the event!
Streamline Studios Co-Development Work
In July 2016, Streamline Studios was picked by Square Enix to provide premium development work on Final Fantasy XV. Streamline Studios is the largest game development studio in Malaysia with over 200 AAA collaborations under its belt, including BioShock Infinite, Star Citizen, Gears of War and Street Fighter V.
In this video, Alexander Fernandez, CEO of Streamline Studios, details how Streamline Studios came to be selected to co-develop Final Fantasy XV with Square Enix. The photos in this video will also show Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, the Director if Creative Content & Technologies, MDEC and Wan Hazmer.
Malaysian Influence In Final Fantasy XV
Wan Hazmer is a true anak Malaysia (Malaysian son). As Lead Game Designer of Final Fantasy XV, he tried to introduce as many Malaysian cultural elements as possible. Not everything made the cut, of course, but believe it or not – he managed to add roti canai, satay and teh tarik!
In this video, Wan Hazmer explains the Malaysian influence in Final Fantasy XV. Not just the inclusion of Malaysian culture, but also the creative contribution of Malaysians like him and the Streamline Studios team in its development.
PC Development Preview Of Final Fantasy XV