Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has admitted in an interview with Gamasutra that it would be “difficult to determine” where the company could take the Final Fantasy series next following FFXIII’s launch earlier this year.
Specifically, Wada touched on the subject of whether or not the venerable series should become a ‘new type of game’, noting that although XIII sold well, the reception among fans was something of a mixed bag.
“I think this is a product that was able to meet the expectations for those who know Final Fantasy,” said Wada. “There are all kinds of games around in the market today. Should Final Fantasy become a new type of the game or should Final Fantasy not become a new type of game?
“The customers have different opinions. It’s very difficult to determine which way it should go.”
“Looking at the numbers alone,” Wada continued, “it is pretty good, because we were able to release the latest Final Fantasy in all three markets of Japan, United States, and Europe in a very short period of time, and we were able to reach 5 million units rapidly — and I think this product will grow further.”
“But when it comes to the customers’ reaction to the quality of the game”, he said, “some value it highly and some are not very happy with it.”
Check out our review of Final Fantasy XIII here.