Square aiming for shorter development time on Final Fantasy titles

Final Fantasy XIII's development took too long, says producer.

Square Enix would like to shorten its development cycles on Final Fantasy games, according to Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase.

Speaking to Game Reactor (via CVG), the writer and former director said, “The current generation console, Final Fantasy XIII, was obviously the first game, and personally I think we took a little too long getting it out.

“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.”

He also told the website that the Japanese publisher had “learnt a lesson” from the development of Final Fantasy XIII, stating that they took “a long time” to complete it.

The game was announced for PlayStation 3 at E3 2006—with an Xbox 360 version revealed at the same event two years later—and was released in 2010.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on January 31, and on February 3 in Europe.

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