Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada’s recent comments about whether or not the company would continue to internally create Final Fintasy XIII-type games have been a puzzle to the actual team creating the game.
In a chat over at PlayStation.Blog, the game’s producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama said they “don’t know exactly what he meant by that. We don’t really know what he meant by ‘this style of game’.”
To offer some context, last month Wada said that he believes 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” — words that brought on the confusion for the FF team who say, “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,” they continue. “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.”
We suspect otherwise though. The CEO was quite clear with his words. “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,” Wada said.