Square Enix – We May Release Final Fantasy Game Every 1-2 Years

Square Enix has said that the developer may follow the popular industry practice of installments for franchises on a yearly or 2 year basis with their Final Fantasy series.

Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase explained to GameReactor that they may follow the footsteps of major franchises that have seen yearly or 2-year developer period iterations including Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Battfield:

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. When you think of Western triple A titles likeCall 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. 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.

Kitase then went on to explain the actual development period for Final Fantasy XIII-2, which he confirmed to be 1.5 years:

With Final Fantasy XIII we took a long time to complete it, so we learnt a lesson. We were determined to produce Final Fantasy XIII-2 in a short time, actual development took about 1,5 years. And we’ll be able to make it available to western fans less than two years after the release of Final Fantasy XIII. Which is okay.

Final Fantasy XIII’s successor, Final Fantasy XIII-2, will see a release next month in Japan and late January, 2012, for North America, while a early February launch is scheduled for Europe.

Zak