When Final Fantasy XIII was first announced it was stated that it had an enormous team of over 200 employees working on the game at one point. Square Enix has come out and said that it believes this contributed heavily to the difficulties the game had.
According to the game’s director, Motomu Toriyama, because of that experience, outsourcing may be in the future of the beloved franchise.
Motomu said in an interview with Gamasutra:
“With a large-scale development team, we didn’t use our time well. How do you communicate to everyone in the department what the drive of the game is?”
Final Fantasy XIII has sold well to date (4.83 million units) but came under heavy critical fire because of a plethora of issues. While developing the sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Toriyama said he took all of the criticisms to heart but still found the enormous internal development team and necessary secrecy difficult to manage while making it.
All of these factors have since pushed Square towards a more “Western” style of development when it comes to the Final Fantasy series… this may mean using different teams to do different jobs. This is especially plausible because Square Enix owns a large number of development studios across the world. I for one think it would be very interesting to see what a studio such as Crystal Dynamics or IO Interactive could do with the Final Fantasy franchise.
This is just speculation for now. But it is going to be interesting to see what this new strategy brings for upcoming Final Fantasy games.
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