Every Final Fantasy title takes quite a few years to develop and produce. Square Enix will try to have Final Fantasy XIII-2 out by the end of 2011, which, when compared to the Japanese launch of FFXII, comprises only a one-year gap.
So our question is- exactly how long has the team known they'd create a follow-up title? And another question- what does it mean when you say that FFXIII was "growing too big?" Some will say the move to multiplatform forced Square Enix to cut content from FFXIII, but perhaps that's too narrow of an accusation. What I'd like to know is whether or not FFXIII was a lesser production than Square Enix initially intended. And then, when the Japanese game market began to tank and Square Enix's products weren't exactly burning up the charts, some executive said, "hey…we need more FF."
Annual blockbuster franchises are huge. Call of Duty , Madden , and now Assassin's Creed are a few examples. Is it too absurd to assume that Square Enix might want to place their flagship franchise – the very same series that has given the company in question its fame and notoriety – in the public eye as often as possible? Plus, consider the possibility of Final Fantasy Versus XIII dropping in 2012, thereby cementing this new annual trend. For the fans, it may seem out of the realm of possibility, but I would really like to know when the sequel was first decided upon…
What do you guys think?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2