Game Informer recently featured an interview with Final Fantasy VIII director Yoshinori Kitase in order to look back on the game alongside the Remastered version's release. Check out a summary of the interview below.
- inspiration for VIII came from VII in an effort to contrast VII's dark tones, but also from the team's "days as students"
- the team thought a story about kids in school would be a nice, cheerful story to go with
- the team didn't really worry about the junction (new magic) system
- the team was more worried about the reaction to the whole "school-drama story"
- Kitase says that they really wanted to try something beyond "defeat the monster, you get some money, you get XP"
- "Final Fantasy VIII sold very well, and in that sense, it was successful. But as far as reviews at the time went, they were kind of all over the place."
- Kitase says the salary mechanic (in which students get paid periodically) as a chief reason why some people didn't like it
- he also believes the slow burn of the junction system annoyed people
- Kitase was inspired by Magic: The Gathering to create the Triple Triad minigame