Final Fantasy’s ATB battle system was originally inspired by race cars | Rock Paper Shotgun

final-fantasy-vii-remake-battle-system Final Fantasy's ATB battle system was originally inspired by race cars | Rock Paper Shotgun

Final Fantasy IV turns 30 today and to celebrate, Square Enix sat game designer Takashi Tokita down to talk about memories from development. It was the first Final Fantasy game he was involved with from the very beginning, he explains, so he’s able to share some neat details on how the game’s design evolved. He chats about character designs, romance plots, and the unlikely inspiration for the first ATB battle system that somehow came from watching F1 races.

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