Final Fantasy has never been a series that have been known to pump out a game every year or two like Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty but Square Enix hopes to turn that around. Yoshinori Kitase expressed his belief that Square-Enix needs to speed up development times to keep the series successful.
“The current generation console, Final Fantasy XIII, was obviously the first game, and personally I think we took a little too long getting it out,” Kitase said. “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.”
It took 4 years for Final Fantasy XIII to be released after the release of Final Fantasy XII on PS2. The long delay between the two iterations, Kitase believes, has hurt the franchise. “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,” he told Gamereactor UK (via VG247). Kitase believes that having a schedule like Call of Duty may be a good schedule to adopt for the franchise.
I for one may not agree with this and would love to tell them to stick with DLC or remakes because Final Fantasy has standards that many fans demand. Assassin’s Creed in my opinion has been having issues with keeping up the standards on their release schedule but that is just me. But This may be even harder for Square Enix because of how many people touch the series.
We saw that Square Enix has rights to the Unreal Engine so this may be the test portion of them rolling out yearly titles within the Final Fantasy universe.