While he believes the company’s Final Fantasy XIII JRPG is “something special,” Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has expressed some doubts about the series continuing as is. “I believe Final Fantasy XIII is going be something special, and that it’s going to be well received by the audience,” he told Edge in an interview. “But whether we are going to continue to internally create this type of game remains to be seen”.
Wada believes the team developing Final Fantasy may be better off moving on and putting their efforts towards creating “some ‘next generation’ forms of play”.
“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.”
While it’s doubtful Square is going to be ditching a winning formula completely, by the sounds of it the company may well be looking around for a new team to take the reins. And it may not be a moment too soon — word of the team’s joy of being involved in something other than Final Fantasy has reached us before.