“One Button to Rule Them All” – Square Enix Awarded Patent for Single-Button System

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One distinctive characteristic of Square Enix RPGs such as Final Fantasy is their battle systems. With each installment comes a completely new or reworked system by which combat occurs. Even in titles that are not as well-received, Square Enix games regularly get praise for being able to keep this aspect of their games fresh.

Yesterday, Square Enix was rewarded a US patent (seen here) for a single-button RPG battle system. It was submitted by Hajime Tabata, co-Director for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, and is described as such:

The present invention provides a game apparatus that can cast various attacks only by pressing the same operating button without performing any complex operation. In an attack method setting screen, attack method setting panels are displayed arranged. Each attack method setting panel is provided with a positional condition display area that displays a positional condition regarding the positional relationship between a player character and an enemy character, and an attack method display area that displays an attack method performed on the enemy character by the player character.

Essentially, it’s a patent for a system by which a single button can do multiple tasks, like in Assassin’s Creed, but in the context of a JRPG battle. I could be way off on this, but it feels almost reminiscent of the Gambit system in Final Fantasy XII. Whether this will have ramifications for Final Fantasy XV or some other upcoming title remains to be seen.

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  • ChatWraithDelta

    That really had to be patented…?

    • Kumomeme

      ofcourse they are…in preparation to prevent someone to steal or develop first the game with same gameplay that could be their trademark

  • Hates bad writers.

    They already make vapid garbage, now they’re going to make even worse games with only a single button? Good luck SE, your future isn’t happening.

  • chrisw

    I would love to have all ABSOLUTELY USELESS gaming patients destroyed. They make little money for the patient holders and hamper the creation of games where the mechanics aren’t broken.

    FYI people, almost all games with crappy controls are made not because of lacking developer abilities… it’s because of stupid patients keeping them from implementing things that would otherwise make the game stellar!!!

  • brianc6234

    So Square is planning a movie where you push a button once in a while?