Speaking in a recent interview, Banri Oda, Final Fantasy XIV's Main Scenario Writer, offered insights into Square Enix's inspirations for their hit MMORPG.
Notably, Oda confirmed to Japanese gaming publication 4Gamer (with thanks to Siliconera) that the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion was inspired by George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire", best known for its popular TV adaptation, Game Of Thrones.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Took Inspiration From Game Of Thrones
Detailing this further, Oda advised he was recommended George R. R. Martin’s books by Kenichi Iwao, Final Fantasy XIV's previous scenario writer. Alongside this, Square Enix's 1995 SNES RPG, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, was named as another influence, while Oda's university studies in philosophy and ideology also factored in.
We also got details about House Dzemael, one of Ishgard's four High Houses. During this talk, Oda elaborated on their failure with Darkhold, alongside the current Count of House Dzemael potentially leading Ishgardian Restoration efforts. There's some interesting insights and if you're looking to pass the time before Endwalker drops, we'd recommend giving this a read.