FFXIII focus feedback came “too late,” devs admit

Monday, 18th October 2010 12:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Despite conducting global focus testing on FFXIII following concerns that the game’s linearity may not appeal worldwide, feedback arrived “too late” to be implemented, the team’s confessed.

“We were already quite far along in development, and knew it would be too late to implement most of the feedback from the player test sessions,” FFXIII devs Motomu Toriyama and Akihiko Maeda wrote in the latest issue of Game Developer (via Kotaku and GSW).

“Even so, we still signed up for the opportunity, as this would be our only chance before the game’s release to see how western players would respond to all that we had been working on.”

The game, which was heavily criticised for sticking to the JRPG staple of linearity, became a worry for the team as it realised its traditional approach was unlikely to hold sway with a surging western games space.

“Even before the current generation of consoles was introduced, it was obvious that the game market in the West was gaining momentum, and we couldn’t ignore it,” Toriyama and Maeda added.

“The sentiment that stood out the most to us at the time was the increasingly harsh criticism towards JRPGs.

“Linearity and command-based battles were two of the features being perceived negatively. This was something that the team was very conscious about, and there were concerns about whether JRPGs would still be accepted in the West.

“Because Final Fantasy XIII’s mission was to succeed worldwide, we could not ignore this issue, as we felt it could deeply affect the future of the franchise.”

Final Fantasy XIII released last December in Japan for PS3, with a western release last March for PS3 and 360.

The game was announced to have sold 5.5 million units in May this year.

The game will release in Japan for 360 in December as an International Edition.



  1. Freek

    “we could not ignore this issue”

    And yet, even knowing that at the start of development, before this generation even started, you still ignored it. Strange.

    #1 4 years ago

    Regardless i still enjoyed it.But it’s not a FF game.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. abnormal alan

    I really should finish this game i’m so so close to the end infact i’d guess i’m on my way to the last boss now. I just kinda gave up caring though

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Here’s the latest ‘Versus coming to 360 rumour‘. If anyone still cares about Versus.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Unlimax

    Goosh .. any update about how to get the damn trophy “Treasure hunter” !!!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Rosseu

    I liked FFXII’s gameplay. I didn’t like 13′s

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Happy Hardon Harry

    FF an RPG? You’re having a laugh!

    Planescape: Torment, Arcanum of Steamworks_and Magick Obscura, Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, The Temple of Elemental Evil, etc, etc, these are RPG’s. Not this FF Jap-Crap.

    #7 4 years ago

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