Japanese games website Famitsu celebrates the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy 10 with a special interview with the creators and has resulted in never-before-revealed information. This is the same interview he revealed the chances of Final Fantasy X-3 are not nil.
It’s a very long interview, but one of his most interesting revelations comes at the beginning: Tidus was previously designed as a plumber, even with character designer Tetsuya Nomura even the cartoonist. When asked if Tidus' design retained anything about his former career, Nomura admitted that perhaps the jumpsuit looks reminiscent of a plumber's dress. No plumber needs as many buckles or belt chains.
Blitzball, the FF10 underwater handball that almost everyone hates, was created as a job that would get Tidus to star in the water as much as a plumber. The game has a lot of underwater sequences – including the famous swim with Yuna – so Tidus had to have a natural affinity for water. Producer Yoshinori Kitase suggested that Tidus be an athlete, as it would make him unique among the characters in Final Fantasy. He had to be a swimmer of some sort, as the subject of water was decided very early on during the development of the Spira world of FF10, which was also designed as a world that would be uncomfortable to travel with, probably to emphasize the feeling. of your group making a difficult pilgrimage.
Here are some more interesting news: compared to entries from previous series like Final Fantasy 8 and 9, the world of FF10 feels much less western. This is because it was inspired by Okinawa, the fifth largest island in Japan, known for its tropical climate. In addition, the team struggled to explain the pilgrimage, as Final Fantasy X was originally released at a time when you couldn’t just watch the game and the explanatory videos on YouTube, they wanted to make sure everyone understood the history. As an example, this is why Auron, a character who was not originally supposed to speak, had to act as a kind of rude adviser. Clearly, Nomura at least finally gave up explaining things completely and decided to go to ham with Kingdom Hearts.
At least in Japan, Final Fantasy 10 is one of the most beloved games in the series, and while its creators change a few things a posteriori, they’re still happy with how it came out. Me too, Tidus is good, actually.