The Final Fantasy series producer, Yoshinori Kitase, thinks that Final Fantasy should adopt a more frequent release schedule. In an interview with GameReactor, he has commented that Final Fantasy XIII took a little too long and he thinks fans need annual or biennial releases to keep them interested in a franchise.
When you think of Western AAA 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 one to two 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.
A lot of Final Fantasy fans might be horrified to see the series producer expressing an interest in emulating the Call of Duty model but it’s difficult to argue with Kitase’s logic from a business perspective.
Kitase went on to say that they “were determined to produce Final Fantasy XIII-2 in a short time,” getting it done and ready for release in less than eighteen months. This means that XIII-2 will be released less than two years after Final Fantasy XIII, something Kitase says “is okay”.
Of course, this line of reasoning ignores all of the fringe Final Fantasy titles which are released during the series’ “down time”. Games like the Dissidia and the Kingdom Hearts series which have heavy Final Fantasy elements, but aren’t instalments in the main series, surely keep the core franchise in gamer’s minds?
So what about you, the Final Fantasy fans? Are you happy to see Square Enix emulate Activision’s recipe for franchise success?