Yoichi Wada: We take 'too long' to make games

It's no secret that Final Fantasy fans are amongst the most patient and loyal gamers in the world. When forced to wait almost 4 years for the next release in your favourite gaming series, it practically becomes second nature.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada was keen to reflect on the company's drawn out past, suggesting that the recent acquisiton of Eidos may spell for a change in direction.

"In reality I think the issues we have are basically the same. On one side you might say that because of the budgetary constraints they (Eidos) released the games without having the games polished to perfection, but on the other side we take too long to release the game."

When tackled about the dwindling confidence in Eidos produced games, Wada remarked that a crucial balance between cost and quality must be struck.

"I personally believe that having a good cost performance and having a good quality game can co-exist - I think that this relationship is actually a positive one. But when you look to the creators they tend to think that if they're asked to pursue a better cost performance, they have to sacrifice quality."

Final Fantasy XIII is due for release later this year in Japan.

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i don't mind waiting 3-4 years for a quality game rather than wait 1-2 years for a sub-standard one. i've just played the first 10 minutes of the final fantasy XIII demo and its really amazing.

maybe they could remove the 50000 hours of retarded cut scenes and add some game play, that might cut down on the development time.

twist said,
maybe they could remove the 50000 hours of retarded cut scenes and add some game play, that might cut down on the development time.

Cut schenes are part of those games and help make the story better. FF is not just about killing monsters, it's about story telling as well.

I prefer letting them spend 4 years to do each FF and know for sure that, as they've always done in the past, thjey release games of the highest qualities. It's not like they're in the business of doing a soccer game every year, adding some details to the grass and changing the face of the characters. FF13 will be released as 4 games from the start, 2 on PS3, promizing a universe that will span on the next 10 year. I think that's reason enough to be patient.

Forget Final Fantasy XIII! They've lost me as a fan after FFXI and FFXII. I've been tearing my hair out waiting for Dragon Quest IX! Dragon Quest VIII was 2005, it's now 4 years later as well, but they have already missed a few release dates and have announced delays which have really made the wait that much more unbearable! And announcing Dragon Quest X before IX has even launched is a huge tease!

The sad thing about all this is we may be close to the launch of the PlayStation 4 and XBox 720 before we even have FFXIII translated from Japanese!

I hear ya. But making it clear that DQX was back on a regular console was important for the franchise. I'm sure I'm not the only DQ fan that was disappointed at the news of IX being on a handheld. Handhelds are for remakes, spin-offs, and social RPGs (catch-em-all!). I don't know if people are spending significantly more time on trains than they used to, but it feels wrong shrinking a highly anticipated production into such a small package.

Anyway, as curious as I am about DQIX, is it strange that I'm much more eager to get my hands on the DS remake of DQVI? Sure I played the fan translation years ago, but...but...! And despite how rapidly IV and V were released, VI doesn't even have a date in Japan yet! Blargh...

well. techonology advanced and so is programmings and programmers. maybe it is the ideas that hold them behind cuz... lets face it... ideas are running out.

perochan said,
well. techonology advanced and so is programmings and programmers. maybe it is the ideas that hold them behind cuz... lets face it... ideas are running out.


Frankly these new plots are so detached from the first half of the series that they should've just ended FF years ago and started a whole new franchise.

No, really, what exactly was there about FFXII that had any resemblence whatsoever to FF1-6? The series started out fantasy, then became a kind of sci-fi fantasy hybrid (huzzah for steampunk?), and seems to have now gone pure sci-fi. It's bizarre.

One (of the several) possible reasons why FF13 is taking a long time to be released is that Square/Enix were originally making the title a PS3 exclusive. But with PS3 sales floundering compared to the Wii and XBox, they had to turn their development efforts to the XBox 360 now.

I'm glad that they are releasing it for the 360, because the PS3 is too expensive still at this time for me. Not only for the hardware, but because there just isn't enough titles that justify me getting one.

dbam987 said,
One (of the several) possible reasons why FF13 is taking a long time to be released is that Square/Enix were originally making the title a PS3 exclusive. But with PS3 sales floundering compared to the Wii and XBox, they had to turn their development efforts to the XBox 360 now.

I'm glad that they are releasing it for the 360, because the PS3 is too expensive still at this time for me. Not only for the hardware, but because there just isn't enough titles that justify me getting one.


the ps3 sales are NOT failing maybe you should look at the latest statistics. plus they still have to develop ff13 versus and i'm guessing they only have 5 people working on projects

dbam987 said,
I'm glad that they are releasing it for the 360, because the PS3 is too expensive still at this time for me. Not only for the hardware, but because there just isn't enough titles that justify me getting one.

Have fun swapping FFXIII DVDs to enjoy all the game. No thanks, quality will be better on PS3, on XBox 360 they are compressing stuff and such.

Glendi said,
Have fun swapping FFXIII DVDs to enjoy all the game. No thanks, quality will be better on PS3, on XBox 360 they are compressing stuff and such.

Oh no we'll have to swap a disc once every 8+ hours of gameplay, how will we cope. I also doubt there will even be a noticeable difference in quality.

jonhapimp said,
the ps3 sales are NOT failing maybe you should look at the latest statistics. plus they still have to develop ff13 versus and i'm guessing they only have 5 people working on projects

Yep year on year sales are down for the PS3 periods where as the 360 was up.

Tell that to Blizzard. Takes a decade to toss out a sequel...

(Though the quality is amazing, so I suppose that makes up for it)

But, you know: Always bet on the Duke!

Sometimes, when all the world looks grim, I think,
there's still the possibility, as small as it may be,
that one day, the Duke returns, to chew bubblegum,
and kick a**, being all out of bubblegum. :-D