Former Eidos Montreal art director Jonathan Jacque-Belletête said the developer was working on a chapter of Final Fantasy , tentatively titled Project W. The software house would have been the first Western studio to manage a game from the beloved Square Enix saga . Rumors of Eidos Montreal ‘s involvement in the franchise have been around for a few years, but only now are we hearing the voice of someone directly involved in the project. Jacque-Belletête told TrueAchievements that he tried to make Final Fantasy XV before it was given back to Japanese studios.
Jacque-Belletête worked on the Deus Ex series , with Eidos. According to an investigation by the Youtuber Super Bunnyhop a few years ago, after the success of Deus Ex: Human Revolution in 2011, Eidos Montreal wanted to create an RPG strongly inspired by Final Fantasy . At some point, the idea morphed into what was supposed to be FFXV , and the team engaged in talks with former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada and received positive feedback.
Eidos Montreal would then create basic graphics and design for Project W. The game would be a space RPG with aspects of Final Fantasy that Western fans found interesting. A new game engine was to serve to handle seamless landings and take-offs between planets. The protagonist of this project wanders the universe in search of his lost love, Nova, only to meet a warrior with whom a love triangle is generated. The events unfold around the tension created by this three-way relationship.
The idea was presented at a meeting with Japanese executives in 2012, but was rejected and the development returned to Japan. Project W then became known as Project Nova and managed to survive for another year before being permanently canceled. Publishers like Sony and Microsoft were unwilling to take the risk of such an ambitious and costly project. Meanwhile, Square Enix looks ready for Final Fantasy 16 .