Now Square Enix Thinks Faster Dev Cycles Is The Answer
Yes, it's safe to assume that Square Enix has been getting under PSXE's skin lately.
Not long after we call out the company for wreaking havoc with our beloved Final Fantasy franchise, we hear another interesting piece of news: Square Enix is once again trying to mirror Western developers by cutting down on the development times for their games.
In speaking to GameReactor, Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase first admitted they took too long in releasing FFXIII, and then compared S-E's output to that of Western companies like EA and Ubisoft. Said Kitase:
"When you think of Western triple A 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 1-2 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."
So when it came to FFXIII-2, Square Enix said they had learned their lesson and cranked it out faster. In all, development time came to only about a year and a half, which they're going to try to maintain in the future. In other words, we've learned they might make FFXV an action RPG and instead of taking time to create a masterpiece, they're going to try the annualization - or semi-annualization approach - and pump 'em out faster.
...just flailin' in the dark, huh?
11/20/2011 8:51:49 PM Ben Dutka