Confusion within the ranks at Square Enix?
In an interview with EDGE, Yoichi Wada – President and CEO of Square Enix – has made some interesting comments on the future direction of the Final Fantasy team.
Unfortunately he seems to have neglected to let them in on this first. So, what does he have to say?
It seems Final Fantasy XIII is causing a bit of a stir. The critics are starting to tire of the tried and tested formula, and are starting to seek a bit more bang for their buck.
It looks like Yoichi Wada agrees with these sentiments. He had the following to say;
“I believe Final Fantasy XIII is going be something special, and that it’s going to be well received by the audience.
But whether we are going to continue to internally create this type of game remains to be seen, because I actually feel that the team that was involved with Final Fantasy XIII should next move on to create and generate some ‘next generation’ forms of play.”
This type of game? What exactly does he mean by that?
By the sounds of it not even Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase, and director Motomu Toriyama knows.
In a statement to PS Blog they had the following to say;
“We don’t know exactly what he meant by that. We don’t really know what he meant by this style of game.
If you consider that during Final Fantasy XIII’s development, at peak time the team consisted of over 300 people. It was a huge team, plus it took a several long years to get the game finished.
So, if Mr Wada meant that we would never make another Final Fantasy title with the similar number of people, taking as long as FFXIII did, we would agree.
Obviously in the future we want to be much more efficient. In the future our teams will be smaller and more effectively run. We suspect that is what Mr Wada meant by his statement.”
Team Attitude’s advice? Try having a meeting, it does wonders for communication problems. We can imagine Kitase and Toriyama are feeling slightly baffled at the moment.
So what are your thoughts on this? Is it time for Final Fantasy to take a bow and exit stage left?