In one recently Famitsu Interview, Final Fantasy X‘s key developers report that they took the game from conception to completion.
“In order to get the character into the water, there was a time for the original plan when Tidus was to become an underwater plumber,” explained the game’s author, Kazushige Nojima.
Character designer Tetsuya Nomura even drew illustrations of Tidus the plumber, but as development went on, the character was transformed into a. changed Blitzball
Blitzball is a water sport that is played in FFX, so this was a way to get Tidus into the water without having to repair pipes.
Famitsu asked Nomura if there was any evidence that the character was previously a plumber.
“The overalls seem to be,” Nomura replied, adding that he initially drew designs that give the impression of workwear. But when Tidus became an athlete, the design got a lot sportier.
Yoshinori Kitase, the game’s producer, says it was his idea to turn Tidus into an athlete. The inspiration for this was Kitase’s love for science fiction films that contain racing or sports elements.
“Until then, there were no sports components in the Final Fantasy Series, “said Kitase,” so I thought that would be a new challenge. “
Having Tidus as an athlete, the producer added, would give him a unique identity FF Protagonists.
“At that point I spoke to Nojima about it, and he has gone from being a plumber in the water to an athlete who competes in the water.”
Interesting! But it still doesn’t beat the best scrapped Square Enix concept ever: Tetsuya Nomura originally wanted the characters in Kingdom hearts Use chainsaws.
“The first gun I showed Disney was a chainsaw,” Nomura said earlier. “Everyone has this distorted expression and nobody in the whole room said a word.”
He quickly realized the chainsaw wouldn’t work, and the weapon of choice eventually became the now iconic Keyblade.