Kitase hoping for shorter dev time on next Final Fantasy

Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase has said he’s hoping the next numbered entry in the Final Fantasy series will take considerably less time to develop.

Speaking with the folks at GamingUnion at GamesCom last week, Kitase reflected on FFXIII’s development time, noting how Square wanted to make the RPG “absolutely perfect.”

“Obviously we now have consoles with much better specifications. The graphical quality we should target at is a lot higher, so it takes a long time to achieve that quality,” he said.

“And Final Fantasy XIII, for example, was the first ever numbered Final Fantasy for Xbox 360 and PS3, so we really wanted to make it absolutely perfect, and it took a long time to make it perfect. But maybe next time around we need a much shorter time.”

Asked if he was referring specifically to the next numbered outing in the franchise taking less time to create, Kitase replied, “Yes, yes, hopefully.”

Check out our review of FFXIII here.