At GDC Gamasutra spoke with Final Fantasy XIII’s director Motomu Toriyama. Now that Final Fantasy XIII has been out for a few months in Japan he was able to responded to some questions about the criticisms of the title.
Specifically,Gamasutra asked Toriyama about the criticism over the fact that Final Fantasy XIII strays from some content usually found in a Final Fantasy title. He said that due to time constraints they had to focus on strengthening the most important aspects of the game.
Toriyama doesn’t believe this trend will continue though. “Now that we have that base technology… The next time you see a Final Fantasy, we might be able to pack in more of those elements that existed in the past. And I also think that a game doesn’t need to have all of those items in the future. We can create additional downloadable content for people to add, too. It doesn’t have to come with that game itself.”
This makes it kind of interesting since Yoichi Wada wants to see the series continue to move away from its roots. Maybe we will get some weird hybrid game with more traditional elements from Final Fantasy series, but the new content is drastically different at the same time.
Final Fantasy XIII just came out earlier this week, so we won’t know anything solid for awhile.