For context, fans had long been speculating that the plot for Team Ninja’s Final Fantasy Origin would feature Isekai elements- namely that Jack and his allies had been whisked away from our world into theirs.
“It is not meant to be like an isekai, sorry. We understand that people may have seen the protagonist’s outfit, which seems very modern compared to your typical high fantasy, and may have had that interpretation”, Fujiwara says.
You couldn’t really blame fans for thinking that, though. Jack and his friends look straight out of our world, with Jack even whipping out a cellphone and playing Limp Bizkit triumphantly at least once during the game’s demo.
Rather than assume that Jack’s Spotify library carried over across dimensions though, Fujiwara says that’s basically just a song that exists in the Final Fantasy universe.
“In this realm where Final Fantasy 1 also takes place, we have also have the people of Lufenia — they have ancient technologies, but they also have very advanced technologies at the same time. So they kind of coexist between the sort of high fantasy but also modern-looking elements.”, he says.
“That’s probably where people may have taken notice of how their clothing is different and felt that it was unusual and gave that sort of Isekai impression. But if you do play the story and find out what the background is of the people of Lufenia, you see how they utilize both the fantasy elements and very modern sort of technological aspects as well. Once you play through, you will see that it makes sense”.