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Square Enix says they'll avoid big internal productions after FFXIII-2

Speaking at GDC Taipei, the director of the last two Final Fantasy games (XIII and XIII-2), Motomu Toriyama said that Square Enix will be avoiding productions like that in the future. 

Now, that does not mean that Final Fantasy is dead or that Square Enix will not be releasing big games anymore. Toriyama's exact words, "Within our company, developing on PlayStation for Final Fantasy XIII we required a huge amount of graphical data. … At the peak, there were over 200 people working on it,” he said. “The breakdown there was 180 artists, 30 programmers, and 36 game designers.”

Needless to say, that's a huge team, even for a big-budget modern game. Toriyama said that the enormous team led to big problems with communication and testing.

Toriyama's later comments suggest that Square Enix will focus a bit more on outsourcing in the future. Which is to say that the core experience may be designed and built internally at Square Enix by a small team then the grunt work of actually creating all of the art assets and environments (etc) would be farmed out to an assisting developer.

So while FFXIII-2 obviously isn't Square Enix's swan song, we may see a somewhat different approach taken to the next game in the series. We'll be interested to see how that works out for them. 

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9 comments

  • sbisset - June 29, 2012 1:10 a.m.

    Theres a difference between "topping" a game visually and topping it in terms of gameplay and storyline. The recent FF games have had awful stories which are needlessly over complicated and are always left open ended, they're also are far too linear. FF7 allowed you to explore an entire world and although there were linear aspects (certain places only accessible after certain events) they didnt feel the need to "hold your hand" all the time. Plus the caveat, a boss you actually HATE by the end of the game. FF8 you fight time, FF10 you fight "sin". At least Sephiroth grew as a character and evolved into someone you could despise. We're not living in the past. We're waiting for gaming to catch up with FF7, it was before its time.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 27, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    Whatever produces the better game, just don't kill the series.
  • Viron - June 27, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    they also won't be making a FF7 remake until the top FF7. Which I guess they apparently haven't done.
  • awaiken - June 28, 2012 4:09 a.m.

    they've topped FF7 3 times already (ix,x,xii). Let's stop living in the past and make xiv already.
  • dreamerboy90 - June 28, 2012 5:18 a.m.

    XV they already made XIV
  • awaiken - June 28, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    right, how can i forget. at least they went back to the drawing board for that one.
  • Redeater - June 27, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    $20 at Best Buy today. Think I'm actually going to take the plunge on this one. I hear it remedied many things I disliked about 13.
  • infestedandy - June 27, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    I don't know about you but I hated XIII with a passion. XIII-2 just makes it worse, in my opinion. Two characters for the entire time? Awesome.
  • Cyberninja - June 27, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    I loved Both but 13-2 is better.

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