Kitase, Toriyama confused by Wada FF comments

By Johnny Cullen
9 February 2010 13:43 GMT


Final Fantasy XIII developers Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama have told the EU PS Blog they were both confused at Square president Yoichi Wada’s recent comments on the future of the RPG series.

Last month, Wada said the release of FFXIII could see the death of “this type of game”, but Kitase-san and Toriyama-san said Wada’s comments were taken out of context.

“We don’t know exactly what he meant by that. We don’t really know what he meant by this style of game,” they both said.

“If you consider that during Final Fantasy XIII’s development, at peak time the team consisted of over 300 people. It was a huge team, plus it took a several long years to get the game finished. So, if Mr. Wada meant that we would never make another Final Fantasy title with the similar number of people, taking as long as FFXIII did, we would agree.”

The duo suspect what Wada may have meant there would be smaller development teams in future projects.

“Obviously in the future we want to be much more efficient,” they explained. “Having worked on XIII, we feel that we have got much better at making good games for high definition consoles. In the future our teams will be smaller and more effectively run.

“We suspect that is what Mr. Wada meant by his statement.”

Final Fantasy XIII releases a month from today in the west for PS3 and 360.

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