I know what you are thinking and, you’re wrong. The title of this article is not a misprint. The hint has been dropped that Square Enix might actually move away from Japanese role playing games (or at least for the time being)
Speaking to Edge, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has declared that the Final Fantasy team might move onto other projects due to a renewed emphasis on the internal development team to create “something new.”
“I believe Final Fantasy XIII is going be something special, and that it’s going to be well received by the audience,” Wada says in the interview.
“But whether we are going to continue to internally create this type of game remains to be seen, because I actually feel that the team that was involved with Final Fantasy XIII should next move on to create and generate some ‘next generation’ forms of play.”
Wada goes on to say that the team has been restricted in catering to a specific audience and stated that the Final Fantasy creatives could come up with “something completely different” outside of the FF franchise if given the chance.
The Final Fantasy series has been a massive cash creating machine for Square Enix that it is hard to imagine that there will not be another one. Final Fantasy XIII alone has shifted more than 1.6 million copies since its launch in Japan, so we can’t imagine that this we won’t see another one.
Final Fantasy XIII is due to arrive on European and US shores on March 9th.