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.