* ExecutiveMeddling: Hiroki Kikuta, director of ''Koudelka'', wanted to make the game much more SurvivalHorror in nature; the rest of Sacnoth (ex-Square employees) wanted to make something closer to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The resulting game was an unhappy compromise between the two clashing gameplay styles.
* HistoricalInJoke: Potentially, in the case of Anastasia's camera. Among other things, she is known for [[https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/1913-duchess-anastasia-takes-a-selfie/281853/ taking one of the older selfies on record in 1913.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early footage shows Nicolai as the main character of ''Covenant'', but Yuri would still be alive.