Square Enix are looking to emulate the successes of the Call of Duty and Battlefield series by releasing installments on an annual basis, hoping to ‘keep fans interested’.
Yoshinori Kitase, producer of the upcoming sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2, has entertained the notion of bringing out a Final Fantasy every year in an interview with GameReactor. He believes the poor reception of Final Fantasy XIII was due to the long development time, and that a shorter development span might keep players interested.
“[W]e took a little too long getting [Final Fantasy XIII] out. When you think of Western triple A titles like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Assassin’s Creed, they seem to work with a lot shorter turnaround – they make a new game in 1-2 years. That is something we need to follow up, because that seems to be the best way to keep our fans interested and attracted to the franchise.”
Kitase’s view completely discounts the dropping sales and quality of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, as well as what FFXIII was critiqued for in the first place.
Will an annual Final Fantasy keep fans interested? Or are you willing to wait for a quality product? Let us know below.
Thanks to TheEscapist.