In hindsight, “predictable” wasn’t the word I should have chosen in describing the Final Fantasy series– although the spinoff games outside of the main series definitely were.
I honestly regret my choice of words there. Predictable? No. Reinvention has become something of a series trademark, actually. Just look at the changes between 7, 8, 9, and 10. The settings certainly are unconventional. If I could go back I’d probably revise that speech to explain myself a bit better. Perhaps it’s more correct to say that the series needed something new to correct its downward slide ever since FF7. Since then, the series has seemed strangely unfocused and uncertain what it really wants to be. Poor storytelling has really crippled the series with 8, 10, 10-2, 12, 13– each seeming to demonstrate a growing lack of understanding of narrative structure, or who should even be considered the protagonist of the story– be it Tidus insisting “this is my story,” or Vaan being cast as the hero of 12. This is more what I meant in terms of “predictability,” as in, “predictably awful writing,” but again, a very poor choice of words.