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May 25, 2006
And Square Enix's plans for FFXIII could stretch a decade.
by Patrick Klepek, 05/24/2006
After making an impressive splash at this year's E3 debuting the next-generation Final Fantasy, Square Enix held a business meeting in Japan outlining their financial results and offering a small glimpse into what the company's planning for the future. Unsurprisingly, there's no lack of Final Fantasy.
Japanese gaming website Game Watch was on-hand for the event, and Square Enix president Yoichi Wada made some interesting comments about the plan for their ever-expanding Final Fantasy VII projects and what's coming for Final Fantasy XIII.
The company actually views FFVII as a 20-year project. That probably doesn't mean Square Enix is cooking up two decades worth of Cloud and Sephiroth-themed videogames, but it's been ten years since the original, and we still haven't received our next-generation remake, so maybe that will float FFVII through the next ten.
Similarly, Fabula Nova Crystallis -- the name dubbed for their vision of FFXIII -- is also being developed with a ten-year outlook in mind. Of course, that could change depending on how the three already-in-development games fair, but FFXIII is a nucleus through which the company hopes to expand from. While only three games in Fabula Nova Crystallis have been announced, they haven't ruled out additional releases.
And while Final Fantasy XI has made a successful transition onto Xbox 360 this year, MMO gamers should probably look elsewhere for their online fix if they're expecting a follow-up anytime soon; the company doesn't expect to launch a sequel or replacement in the coming fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
You kids better love your Final Fantasy; you're going to be getting plenty of it.
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