Wada On FF: "Difficult To Determine Which Way To Go"
I would like to make one thing clear; it's the best way I can describe my opinion of Final Fantasy XIII: the production values are immense and overall, it's absolutely one of the best games of the generation. It is not, however, one of the best Final Fantasy titles. I think it's important to recognize both aspects of the situation.
The reason is because it seems that some of the negative feedback for the game - most all of it from the long-time fans - has finally reached the ears of Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada. The boss has recently come under fire by saying things like "what's in America should be handled by Americans" and he's also indicated that Final Fantasy's direction as a franchise is very uncertain. This is why we read Gamasutra's interview, where we find out Wada has indeed heard some of the FFXIII backlash.
"Looking at the numbers alone, it is pretty good, because we were able to release the latest Final Fantasy in all three markets of Japan, United States, and Europe in a very short period of time, and we were able to reach 5 million units rapidly — and I think this product will grow further. But when it comes to the customers’ reaction to the quality of the game, some value it highly and some are not very happy with it."
But does he understand why some are unhappy with it? Isn't that the most important thing? Well...no, he doesn't, but at least he admits that he doesn't know. Said Wada:
"Should Final Fantasy become a new type of the game or should Final Fantasy not become a new type of game? The customers have different opinions. It’s very difficult to determine which way it should go."
Okay, I'm fairly certain I - and all our RPG fans here at PSXE - can answer that for you, Wada. Ready? Are you listening? Here goes: make a role-playing game that faithfully retains the mechanics and style of old installments, regardless of whether you think some will call them "outdated." In short, give us modern, updated versions of games like FFVII through FFX (maybe even FFXII). It can't be that hard...and for the love of God, please don't assume we all want a twitch-fest version of the strategic, RPG FF we've always known and loved! Thanks.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
7/14/2010 9:00:52 PM Ben Dutka