Sure, what the hell?
Square Enix has published some pretty damn good games this generation, and that's partly because they purchased Eidos. That partnership has resulted in the likes of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the Tomb Raider reboot, both of which garnered widespread critical acclaim.
The Final Fantasy games, however, haven't fared quite so well in the eyes of reviewers and gamers, so why not give Eidos a crack at it? Sacrilege? Nah, no more so than what Square Enix has already done to the series, right? And now, during a recent OXM interview , Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gameplay director Yuji Abe said they've been considering letting Eidos work on a new FF entry.
"That's certainly been discussed within the company, the possibility of say, Eidos or maybe someone else to look after or maybe take on the Final Fantasy series. And we obviously haven't decided anything concrete, but if we find the right team of developers, the right people who really wanted to do it, and we had the right game, then yes, certainly we'd think about it."
Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama agreed and said that it was important to keep Final Fantasy fresh, and to make sure every game is different because that's what the fans expect. Well, that has always been true, but his definition of "different" and the hardcore fan's definition of "different" is very, well…different.