During the busy schedule of E3, IGN had a chance to sit down with Motomu Toriyama (FF12) and Revenantproducer Eisuke Yokoyama to discuss the North American localization, why they decided to create a "My first Final Fantasy" for the Nintendo DS, and the possibility of Final Fantasy Fit.
Why did you choose to make this RTS spin-off a part of the Final Fantasy XII genre? Why not make it a stand alone game?
Yokoyama: We did not set out to make a game that was connected to FFXII. In the beginning it was supposed to be a 'My first Final Fantasy' experience – that was the overall plan for this game. We had already created the battle system. It was ready to go, but at a certain point during the development and planning process, Toriyama's team started talking. FFXII had just been released and it was really popular, so it was more a matter of timing that it turned into this kind of game.
Check out the full interview here