Yes, it's safe to assume that Square Enix has been getting under PSXE's skin lately.

Not long after we call out the company for wreaking havoc with our beloved Final Fantasy franchise, we hear another interesting piece of news: Square Enix is once again trying to mirror Western developers by cutting down on the development times for their games.

In speaking to GameReactor , Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase first admitted they took too long in releasing FFXIII, and then compared S-E's output to that of Western companies like EA and Ubisoft. Said Kitase:

"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."

So when it came to FFXIII-2, Square Enix said they had learned their lesson and cranked it out faster. In all, development time came to only about a year and a half, which they're going to try to maintain in the future. In other words, we've learned they might make FFXV an action RPG and instead of taking time to create a masterpiece, they're going to try the annualization – or semi-annualization approach – and pump 'em out faster.

…just flailin' in the dark, huh?

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kokoro
kokoro
10 years ago

Why do they have this obsession with mimicking western game developers in every way possible? That's really vulgar and uninspired thinking.


Last edited by kokoro on 11/20/2011 9:54:29 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

because they want to fail

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
10 years ago

Because as the Western gaming industry seems to keep on bringing profit…they feel as if mimicking them shall bring them profit as well.

I certainly believe there are some business tactics that they can follow here and there…but changing a franchise's style to something more like the game that's getting a lot of sales is not the way to do it. You want to follow your own heart and mind and do what you feel good about.

I hope SE can shape up, but in a way…I just feel that a lot of people there…just lost a lot of confidence in themselves. I guess we have to count on Atlus from here on out (though we really have been doing exactly that for this whole generation).

Still…waiting on seeing how FF Versus XIII comes out. I know it won't be the traditional FF, but as a KH fan…I consider this my KHIII for this generation.

kokoro
kokoro
10 years ago

It's pretty ironic that their attempts to become more relevant have almost rendered them irrelevant.

@shadowpal2
Yeah I've been waiting all generation for KH3 too. As I recall KH was always lucrative for them- why then have they seemingly abandoned it? Their behaviour is incomprehensible. When something acts incomprehensibly, it most probably indicates that there is serious lack of communication between the people operating the entity. That there is conflict of ideals, visions or values between the people in square enix is a reality which seems more probable than ever.


Last edited by kokoro on 11/21/2011 12:35:02 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Agreed. Vulgar is the perfect word too.

tes37
tes37
10 years ago

I think SE is crazy, but this should help speed up my dislike for their new titles. I guess I could show some appreciation for that.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
10 years ago

Square-Enix = Without a doubt the developer that completely lost the plot this console generation. So out of touch with its fanbase and does not show any sign of improving any time soon. Just give me Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Type-0 already so I can be over with any S-E business.

Warrior Poet
Warrior Poet
10 years ago

Huh? A Japanese game franchise based on Japanese design philosophy with Japanese producers, Japanese artists, Japanese composers, and Japanese programmers want to take the most popular Japanese franchise and try and cram their development cycles into a Western format? Because they want twitchy 11-year-old Western fans, who don't know and/or care about development cycles, to care about their games?

This makes literally zero sense. "People don't like our games, so we should move to an engine we're not familiar with, experiment new formulas we've never tried before, and to top it all off, spend LESS time working on them."

Square-Enix has some really intelligent people. I mean, look at the graphics in FFXIII. That had to take brains. Why not have brains at the top of the company too?

This is soooo messed up.

kokoro
kokoro
10 years ago

People stupid people in charge, and stupid things will happen.

Stabs88
Stabs88
10 years ago

^Agreed. I want squaresoft back =..(

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
10 years ago

@Warrior Poet. You know, I think I love your brain, bro.

That's exactly how I feel when all these magnificient figures (graphically) are going to start resembling the bulking, hulking megalo-maniacs like in Gears of War/Unear Tournament. It's a no-no artistically.

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
10 years ago

*Insert Squall's facepalm*

On a lighter note, will this mean FFVersus XIII will no longer be pushed back?

Riku994
Riku994
10 years ago

Unlikely, Nomura's taking his sweet time with that one to make it a masterpiece.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

Versus is not SE production, is Nomura and Co. production.

Riku994
Riku994
10 years ago

Oh Kitase… I bet this was Wada's doing.

GuardianMode
GuardianMode
10 years ago

Agreed! This has the fingerprints of Wada all over it. If he is trying to tick off the hardcore the man is doing a fantastic job.

Vitron
Vitron
10 years ago

Man, one wrong move after another…seriously.
Its official VsXIII will be the last thing I'll buy from SE.


Last edited by Vitron on 11/20/2011 10:11:26 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Wada's got to go,
quick, fast, & in a MF'ing hurry!!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

indubitably

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

I am really surprised that Wada hasn't been fired already!!! Seriously, how many people in the company feel comfortable with all these radical changes??!?!

Wada has to go, he is single handedly destroying one of the greatest gaming companies in Japan and people over there seem to be okay with it. Are they simply too scared to tell their boss to go jump off a bridge?

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

He must have a lot of family members in the shareholders group.

firesoul453
firesoul453
10 years ago

Square Enix got a taste of what its like to be one of the biggest developers out there…. Now there ravenous for a piece of the pie!

I liked them better when they focused on quality…….

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

Nah, they saw the media attention CoD and battlefield were getting and said,

"We have to mimick those two games if we wanna see 8 million sales in the first week!!"

Problem is Wada, YOU didn't make Call of Duty, or publish it. How many casual CoD players are into expansive RPG's? Almost none!!!!

If you're gonna make an RPG, make a damn good RPG to get the fans to all wanna buy it. There are still millions of us here!!!! How could you dismiss us like this?!?!?!

Underdog15
Underdog15
10 years ago

Well, he did get a taste… and he did publish CoD… in Japan, anyways.

It's poisoned him, apparently.

Xra897
Xra897
10 years ago

Proof that his is wrong: Versus 13

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
10 years ago

Proof that the article is right: Final Fantasy XIII and the other recent "news" from S-E. Versus XIII can now be considered as an aberration of sorts.


Last edited by ZettaiSeigi on 11/20/2011 10:17:58 PM

Riku994
Riku994
10 years ago

They want to get games out quicker NOW, they clearly hadn't considered that 5 years ago when they announced 3 games that should ALL be out by now.

wenezz
wenezz
10 years ago

dear square enix, you already have the answer its creativity. no need to look at the competition so stay focus and make great games

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
10 years ago

NO! The best way to keep fans interested and attracted to the franchise is to release GOOD GAMES!

Sweet Jesus! What the hell is wrong with the heads of SE? I refuse to believe that anyone that can be this damn dense! They have to read what people are saying on the internet, how can they not know what we all want?!

It pisses me off to my very core to read more and more progressively stupider statements from these hacks!

I swear that they have there heads shoved so far up there asses, that there heads somehow double lap themselves and thus create a one man human centipede… F($%!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I got to see the sequel to that.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
10 years ago

I mean seriously now… You wouldn't have the problem of having a long window of no releases if you say… DON'T ANNOUNCE GAMES 5 OR MORE YEARS BEFORE YOU PLAN ON RELEASING THEM!!!

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
10 years ago

@World

Your seeing it right now, Its titled Square Enix.

Vitron
Vitron
10 years ago

Oh but there is already a sequel to that (If not in the making) 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

It's about a nut who gets obsessed with the movie, looks totally sick.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Perhaps SE could meet their commitments before complaining about fans not being interested in them any more?

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

Did he just called CoD a triple A production? What a joke.

And those people that buy CoD every year, they are not fans, they are just brainless people that believe that they are gamers and explode if somebody says otherwise.


Last edited by hellish_devil on 11/20/2011 10:46:27 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

I dunno, Call of Duty is quality. Not highest quality, but it is still quality.

If CoD was a broken mess of a game with a ton of glitches, horrible graphics that give you eye strain and limited multiplayer, would it have sold so well?

Don't get me wrong, I prefer Battlefield 3 myself and Uncharted 3 or any Sony exclusive over CoD, but to say CoD isn't quality… it's just wrong.

I believe the words you were looking for were:

"Highest quality standard FPS"

Doesn't do anything new or radical, but what it can do, it does well.

Vitron
Vitron
10 years ago

Nomura should quit SE after XIIIVs.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

And start his own RPG company.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
10 years ago

Or join Mistwalker or Level 5

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Not Mistwalker, they don't make PS3 games.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

Or Tri-ace. True JRPGs.

Vitron
Vitron
10 years ago

I think SEGA would be nice too.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

Monolith Software trying a PS3 game?

I just feel like all the old Squaresoft devs should get together and make their own dev company, or just simply join Level 5 or Atlus and see what great ideas they all come up with.

Beamboom
Beamboom
10 years ago

… Or what if they joined an actual western rpg company and had them release a jrpg? That would have been such a wonderful twist to this drama!


Last edited by Beamboom on 11/21/2011 5:25:22 AM

Yukian
Yukian
10 years ago

When I read things like this I just think there's gonna be a pause in the conversation and they're gonna tell:

"Heyyy, April's Fools! We're going to go back to what we were and do OUR thing with the RPG's again, what with the quality and the awesomeness, all right? :D"

If so, then this is THE BIGGEST and THE LONGEST April's Fools ever, then… :/

kokoro
kokoro
10 years ago

Dude I have the exact same impression.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
10 years ago

It feels like it's meant to be a joke. No person in their right mind would drive a company into the ground like that.

It's like if Buddweiser said "Coka Cola is selling more product than us, so let's scrap our current popular taste and try a new, more Coke centred flavour, but keep the Budweisser name. We don't need the old fans of our drink, we'll just reap in all the fans of Coka Cola!!"

No other company would kill themselves like that, so why is SE getting away with it?!?!

Yukian
Yukian
10 years ago

@Dancemachine If that would happen I'd like to taste that new 'Weiser… Mmm, Coke… lol

I think I just thought how SE thinks we think… and it's not good…

Give the Final Fantasy series to Kojima and let the dumbass executives do your assisted suicide before you ruin that name!!!

Warrior Poet
Warrior Poet
10 years ago

Coke actually did this with New Coke/Coke II a while ago XD