Square-Enix has been known for many things over the years – timeliness is not among them, especially not since this console generation began. With Final Fantasy XIII taking over four years to develop, and with VS XIII still nowhere in sight even after six, it’s a trend they’re hoping to change, said Final Fantasy producer, Yoshinori Kitase.
Speaking to GameReactor, Kitase says Square-Enix has “learnt a lesson” and are aiming to show off what they’ve learned when Final Fantasy XIII-2 launches in January (after less than 2 years in development). “When you think of Western AAA titles like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Assassin’s Creed, they seem to work with a lot shorter turnaround – they make a new game in one to two years. That is something we need to follow up, because that seems to be the best way to keep our fans interested and attracted to the franchise.”
Seems like Square-Enix has finally got the right idea, after a generation full of missteps. Let’s just hope more releases doesn’t translate to lesser quality.