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Development for Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 at one point had over 200 people working on the projects. Square Enix hopes to avoid having teams that large again in the future.
Speaking recently at GDC Taipei, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama admits that communication became a problem with a team so large. Square Enix shifted to having monthly milestones for development of XIII-2 and is looking to outsource additional development in the future.
"Because it's a large-scale project, we had to keep [Final Fantasy XIII] secret, but this led to user testing happening way too late in the process," he said. "We heard a lot of feedback about things we needed to fix, and we decided we would do that with FFXIII-2. ... We decided that we would have a milestone every month, and realized we needed to apply more western technology and production techniques."
"We are also thinking that we will not do large-scale internal development any longer." he added. "We have a lot of great creators in Square Enix, but for larger-scale development we will be doing more distributed and outsourced development to reach our targets on time."
i loved XIII but felt as if they rushed XIII-2
i never finished XIII but i loved the game. definitely interested in playing XIII-2 - but need to get through XIII first.
Wow, SE is finally realizing that their tactics are nolonger be applied to EVERY task they take on. *clap clap*. Its time that they revamp their production line, adopt new marketing strategies and do an overhall on their directing direction when it comes to their games. As for outsourcing, they could check some sweatshops for talent?
They might as well just do movies since all there effort goes into the cutscenes anyway.
All of those people and they still couldn't make FF XIII Versus. Honestly, I don't even care anymore I wish they would make that Aegies fortune or whatever it was called into a game now. A Final Fantasy that seemed to be set in South Africa (or maybe it was suppose to be somewhere else?) would be amazing.
Ok, ok, how about you stop overproducing Final Fantasy games. And instead... Make Kingdom Hearts 3!