Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has struck out at those critical of Final Fantasy XV’s new direction, accusing them of having “Final Fantasy disease”.

Speaking with 4Gamer (translated by Kotaku), Tabata said that there are those both in Square Enix and the public at large who are resistant to change and think they know what’s best for the series, and that this is a problem for the upcoming game.

“There are people who’ve caught FF disease,” Tabata said.

“It refers to people within the company who can’t imagine anything other than their own view of Final Fantasy.

“Since the root is a strong self-affirmation, one’s own view of Final Fantasy takes more priority than the team’s success. If that view of Final Fantasy isn’t fulfilled, then they’re convinced that it’s bad for Final Fantasy.

“They think, ‘Since Final Fantasy is a special team, then we are also special because we are making it. When the new Final Fantasy comes out, everybody is going to be so into it.’ But that’s not the reality of the situation, is it?”

This “disease” led Tabata to tear down a few egos at the studio.

“There was a time I told off the team, saying, ‘We’re not special. Wake Up.’

“Yet, I realized that when Final Fantasy XV news was made public, this wasn’t only inside the company. Everyone has FF disease.”

“At this point,” he added, “if the series didn’t modernise, I think it could’ve been done for.”