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Malaysian Streamline Studios had a hand in Final Fantasy XV

By Ian Chee - on 24 Oct 2016, 3:08pm

Malaysian Streamline Studios had a hand in Final Fantasy XV

Image source: Square Enix / YouTube.

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series is a name that any gamer would recognize and the latest installment, Final Fantasy XV, is no exception. What not as many people may know, however, is that a local studio called Streamline Studios was involved in its production.

One of the largest local studios, Streamline Studios is a 15-year-old studio with a wealth of AAA titles-developing experience, with titles like Bioshock Infinite, Gears of War 2 and Street Fighter V having a bit of the studio’s DNA.

From L-R: Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Content & Technologies, MDEC; and Alexander Fernandez, CEO, Streamline Studios; and Wan Hazmer, Lead Designer, Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix.

“Streamline has proven that Malaysian studios have the capability and capacity to develop high quality games at an international level. The world is sitting up and taking notice of our local talents, and we expect to see more collaborations like Square Enix and Streamline Studios in the future,” said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Content & Technologies at Malaysia Digital Economy (MDEC).

Under ordinary circumstances, publishers and developers keep the lid on the involvement of any production studios they outsource to. For Final Fantasy XV though, Square Enix is being pretty open about the help that they get from outside parties. This is great simply because our local talents who have worked on games of international acclaim will get the recognition they deserve.

Some of you may be asking, why are these studios not having their logos placed before the title screen of games along with the publisher and the main developer? We had a short chat with Wan Hazmer, the Lead Designer of Final Fantasy XV, and we found out that a studio needs to have contributed massively to an IP to deserve a spot there, aside from the credits at the end of a game. Seeing as the Final Fantasy series is already in its 15th iteration, that’s a lot of catching up to do for a studio that hasn’t been with the series since day one. However, should Square Enix trust our local studios with an entirely new IP one day, perhaps our local talent will get the recognition they deserve, both internationally and, most importantly, locally among our fellow Malaysians.

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