Although many regard the Final Fantasy brand as being tarnished by numerous missteps since XIII, it remains as the single biggest franchise within Square-Enix’s stable, and the publisher remains determined to right the ship. IGN has confirmed that the company has formed an internal committee with the express purpose of overseeing the brand going forward, though its members were not confirmed.
However, a Japanese fan site, FF-Reunion, hinted at the possibility of such a thing existing before the confirmation, mentioning that Naoki Yoshida (director and producer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn), Hajime Tabata (director of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0), Motomu Toriyama (director of Final Fantasy XIII/XIII-2) and Yoshinori Kitase (long-term series producer and director of Final Fantasy VI, VII and VIII) are involved. Notably absent from the list is Tetsuya Nomura, though his current involvement in Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III probably explains it.
With the series currently going through something of an identity crisis, seeking desperately to appeal to a wider audience through the incorporation of more action-oriented elements, perhaps a more clear sense of direction from a group of voices that have worked on games both old and new is just what Final Fantasy needs to recapture something of its former glory. It’ll likely be some time before we see the effects that this committee existence has though, as it is unlikely to impact either Lightning Returns, which releases in February 2014 or Final Fantasy XV, which has already been in development for at least seven years.