With the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Tales series of JRPGs all content to stay within their own respective franchises (crossovers have occurred but they’re mostly intra-franchise like Dissidia) and being considered as competitors by default, it’s understandable that fans would assume that the producers themselves are all averse to working together on one massive crossover game. However, in a recent interview in V-Jump, Hideo Baba (Tales producer), Yosuke Saito (Dragon Quest producer), and Shinji Hashimoto (Final Fantasy producer) have all shown that they have nothing against collaborating on one massive RPG that brings their respective franchises together:
Hideo Baba: “If you can do it, then by all means!”
Yosuke Saito: “Shall we? We can start right away.”
Baba: “How about [Dragonball/Dragon Quest’s Akira] Toriyama’s first Tales game?
Shinji Hashimoto: “If Toriyama is okay with it, then we’re okay with it. As long as we stay true to the world view, I think [Dragon Quest creator Yuji] Horii would be okay with it, too. How about Kosuke Fujishima (Tales character designer) draws for Final Fantasy, and Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts character designer) does Dragon Quest?
Baba: “I’m pretty sure Fujishima would do it.”
Before you start throwing your money and several intimate items of clothing at the screen, be aware that the guys are just answering a theoretical question. Licensing concerns, logistics, and the concerns of executives in their respective companies make this dream crossover RPG highly unlikely (although Dragon quest/Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special and Kingdom Hearts prove that the concept is not impossible.)
Source: V-Jump (via Crunchryroll.com)