While some will say Square-Enix has often milked certain franchises with halfhearted installments and spin-offs, the developers remain committed to excellence and freshness.
So says Square-Enix CEO and president Yoichi Wada, who recently gave a keynote address at the Montreal International Game Summit. According to Final Fantasy Union , Wada was addressing the possibility of Final Fantasy XIII becoming "exhausted," primarily because it's built around the Fabula Nova Crystallis compilation, which is a back story that seen the light of day in other games. Essentially, we're all wondering how long Square-Enix can go with this new story series. Replied Wada:
"Too much IP use is not good. Having memorable characters and back story is crucial to having a powerful IP. As long as there is a world with enough content and story, players will feel comfortable being in the same world for extended periods of time."
Wada further emphasized the importance of having a well-written story in order to keep everything fresh and appealing in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. He was very clear in saying that such a series hasn't become "exhausted" yet and certainly won't even with the release of FFXIII, and we're all expecting something very special. Besides, if the games continue to feel different when playing, the fact that they take place within the same universe seems to become much less obvious, and thus, doesn't pose much of a problem.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII