Square-Enix: FFXIII Will "Resurrect" Japanese Gaming
There's little doubt that Final Fantasy XIII is a mammoth title, especially for the Japanese market.
And in a recent European PlayStation Blog interview with Square-Enix execs Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama, they see FFXIII as a "resurrection" of sorts for the ailing Japanese gaming industry. When asked about how they see the current state of gaming in their home country, the guys replied:
"Some people have been saying that the Japanese game industry is dead, and all that… I dunno. I will say that Final Fantasy XIII is one really epic title for high definition consoles. With this game, we are going to resurrect the whole thing. As for Western games that have influenced us — FPSs mostly. The Call of Duty series, for example."
...I'm not entirely sure I want Call of Duty to influence Final Fantasy in any way, but maybe that's just me. They also brought up what Yoichi Wada said about FFXIII being "the last game of its kind" in the series, suggesting that Square-Enix would go a very different route for the next installment. But this interview throws a new light on that statement:
"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. Having worked on XIII, we feel that we have got much better at making good games for high definition consoles. In the future our teams will be smaller and more effectively run. We suspect that is what Mr Wada meant by his statement."
And of course, you can't have a Square-Enix interview without bringing up the possibility of high-definition remakes of older FF titles. Once again, though, they reply with the now-standard response that it would simply take too much in the way of time and resources.
"As with Final Fantasy titles in the past, like on PS1, even just the main characters amount to around 10 people. Then you have all the NPCs, you’re probably looking at about 200 characters total. All with individual textures for the skin, plus costumes, facial features and everything. That would be a really tricky job."
But as for the idea that FFXIII will "resurrect the whole thing" in Japan...that may be difficult to swallow until you see the sales numbers, which have indeed been impressive. The question is whether or not the game can sell as well in the US and Europe; it is typically a huge blockbuster hit but this particular entry has experienced some skepticism by critics and gamers alike since its Japanese release. Guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
2/9/2010 12:29:48 PM Ben Dutka