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Square Enix To Possibly Outsource Final Fantasy


The fate of one of the most cherished franchises world wide may meet outsourcing in its future developments as hinted by Square Enix director Motomu Toriyama. Firmly standing by a belief that all the daunting issues found in Final Fantasy XIII heavily correlated with the incredibly large staff of 200, Motomu stated that "with a large-scale development team, we didn't use our time well; how do you communicate to everyone in the department what the drive of the game is?"

As any Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 fan should realize, the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2 was a savior of sorts for its mother, but nevertheless Motomu is deeply considering outsourcing the franchise to subsidiaries to ease the stress of communicating a multitude of goals and points to a tremendously figured staff. Certain developers, such as IO Interactive, would take the helms of a future Final Fantasy from different perspectives such as monster creation or world map engineering. Effectively so, doing so would allow Square Enix to delegate a mended hand in upcoming Final Fantasy installments.

Do you believe that outsourcing is certainly the way to go with Final Fantasy? I certainly don't trust other smaller developers working on Final Fantasy unless its for tasks as described directly from Square Enix. Final Fantasy has always had a once Squaresoft touch, which is still present in Final Fantasy's recent additions, but this is alongside a more modern Square Enix brush. The blend is great, but I feel poor management may have been the cause of Final Fantasy XIII's disappointment to many. Outsourcing, in an effort to regain momentum and control, may expend a loveable spice and taste for quicker and more effective production which may ultimately bring a downfall of sorts to Final Fantasy. If done correctly, however, the franchise may keep the taste if not better it.
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