Monday, July 2, 2012

Square No More

Square Enix have always been the giants in the RPG world with Final Fantasy leading the company but in a recent interview with Gamasutra, Motomu Toriyama (director behind FFXIII and FFXIII-2), it seems as if they are letting go of the reins.

It appears that in the future, "larger-scale development [...] will be [...] more distributed and outsourced". Outsourcing is a common practise in the business world to transfer your IP and assets to another company so that they can direct it, allowing the parent company free to do a different role.

Outsourcing? Hold on, I just got back, where are we going?

Personally, I feel it's a good thing. They really dropped the ball with the past few instalments into their core franchise and it would be interesting to see some new people get their hands on it.

Toriyama also recognised that their flaw was that they needed to focus more on player testing and feedback, which I totally agree with, many flaws in FFXIII that were found by consumers were flaws that should have been addressed long ago in the development cycle.

What AM I?
As long as these outsourced companies don't make any mistakes as seen in the instance of Square Enix's latest online attempt, Final Fantasy XIV. There were translation errors all over their fancy new online game, that wasn't doing too well in the first place.

Their credibility was further shaken when fans discovered that the work had been outsourced to a Chinese company, leading to hilarious translations of classic Final Fantasy characters: "Chocobos" had originally been translated as "Horsebird" and was then incorrectly translated to "Chocopo".

Not really selling the whole idea of outsourcing to the fans there, but I have hope - hey we still have the Eidos side to rely on!

Source: Gamasutra

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