Wada Wants Final Fantasy XIII Team To Create “Next Generation” Forms Of Play

By Spencer . January 6, 2010 . 10:48am


Final Fantasy XIII is finally done which leaves the development team free to move on to a new project, which may be a completely different kind of game.


“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,” said Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix, in an interview with Edge.


“Internally and externally I feel there’s an expectation of Square Enix to offer something new, and I really think that the Final Fantasy team could create something completely different, but at the moment they’re strictly catering to the particular audience they have now.”


It’s interesting that Square Enix wants the Final Fantasy team to break new grounds while the Dragon Quest series, Square Enix’s other major franchise, has remained more or less the same. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, unless its Final Fantasy?


Anyway, read the full interview. There’s good stuff there about Wada’s views of Eidos and the relatively speedy localization. Final Fantasy XIII was being localized during development, which is one of the reasons why there is only a three month gap between Japan and the rest of the world.

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  • “We’re not considering it at the moment, but there is always the possibility that in the future a Final Fantasy could be produced with the input of our western developers, overseen by our Japanese developers.”
    Well, maybe they’ll have better luck than what happened with The Spirits Within.
    “…I just finished Uncharted 2, and when I get back home from this business trip I’m looking forward to playing Modern Warfare 2.”
    Whoa! I know, in this day and age it shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s still something interesting to me. Like Bowie listening to The Pixies.

    Not playing a FF game since FFX, I wouldn’t know what this means, but good on them. Maybe fans might like that?

    • Ereek

      I’m not really sure how the latter, about MW2, is surprising, considering SE published it in Japan and it did rather well for a Western game.

  • Kaoro

    I don’t know much about Wada, but from the few interviews I have read, he seems to be very level-headed. Sometimes I see such hate for him on FF-oriented sites and I’m not sure why.

    I would LOVE to see what Square Enix could do with the FF series if they incorporated some elements from Western games. Currently I am so engrossed in Dragon Age and would love to see that kind of party interaction in a FF game. Still very excited for FFXIII but I don’t think it’s a bad idea for Wada to force the teams out of their comfort zones.

    • Hraesvelgr

      People blame everything that’s “wrong” with Square Enix on Yoichi Wada, thus they hate him. A lot of their supposedly “bad” games are blamed on him, even though I don’t believe he has much to do with the production process. Guess they have to find someone to hate, because they don’t want to hate “God Nomura”.

  • Aoshi00

    Nice interview w/ Wada. Funny he done playing Uncharted 2 and getting into MW2 (I just finished the first Uncharted, started 2, and starting CoD4 MW). I actually got into Gears of War at the recommendation of Sakaguchi, it’s weird I know (and maybe he was saying that for Microsoft at the time), but I never was a big fan of FPS or TPS, so I thought if the Gooch likes it, maybe there’s a chance I would too, and I never look back, great game indeed, cinematic and had a nice cover system, which is what Uncharted incorporated into its gameplay. I’m not sure if I want Western developers handling a series as distinct as FF, well, it’s been going into all sorts of directions anyway, and in my opinion not always been great. FF XII and XIII are both imperfect for me, compared to the ways I totally enjoyed 7,8,9, & 10 (6 too of course), where the characters were captivating and story totally sucked me in. But yeah, Batman Arkham Asylum was great, the stealth aspect was definitely cool like MGS, hats off to Eidos, or Rocksteady rather, for pulling off making an awesome game w/ the iconic Batman (got to admit there was a lot of crap based on superheroes), one of the GotY hands down.

    P.S. What I can’t stand is they put the numbering the MMOs XI and the upcoming XIV, those should not be treated as part of the main series.

  • Good to hear they want to model Final Fantasy after other games instead of action movies and anime.

  • Hraesvelgr

    I can see where he’s coming from. JRPGs (actually, Japanese games in general) are pretty well-known for not really trying anything new… which honestly could be said about games in general, but I digress. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with that, since “cliché” and “been done before” don’t automatically mean “bad”. But hey, there are lots of people who disagree with that.

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