STOP THE F&%@ING PRESSES!You may want to sit down because I am about to blow your F&%@ING mind.
Are you sat down?
Yoichi Wada, the president and CEO of Square Enix announced today that... You're not going to believe this... That SE takes too long to make new games.
I realize you are no doubt stunned by this announcement. I will give you a few moments to try and resolve this unbelievable news.
In other news, the president and CEO of Take Two announced that Duke Nukem is taking a little while to be released.
SE saying they take too long to produce games is like finding out water is wet.
This is not news.
Apparently, the people upstairs (and by upstairs, I mean three floors up and 5133 miles to the left) thought that this would be a stunning revelation for Square Enix fans.
I'm not saying that this is necessarily true or untrue, but Final Fantasy XIII was originally shown in 2006.
Two thousand and six.
Currently, it is 2009.
Carry the two... Find the remainder... Calculate the integral...
Yeah, that's three years for one game.
Now, I'm sure this is going to be one hell of a game. If the bajillion screenshots and previews have anything to say, it's going to make every other game look like someone threw up on your television.
But three years?
Three years is a friggin' eternity in today's world. We're used to instant gratification, instant satisfaction.
I wouldn't have to wait three years for a kidney.
I could have adopted TWO children from China in three years.
As amazing as the game will be, I don't think that in any way justifies waiting three years between games.
Yes, yes. I know they released games in between.
Still doesn't mean three years makes sense.
Now, before you start saying things like "good things take time" and "they're focusing on producing a superior product" or "shut up, [GM]Dave, you over critical bastard", let's remember that I'm on your side here.
I'm not saying they should start popping out Final Fantasy shovelware every other month. The brand obviously deserves the respect of producing highest quality titles.
The Crystal Chronicles series notwithstanding.
But there has to be some happy medium between high quality and excruciating development time.
I would settle for a few jaggies if we could shave a year or so off the schedule.
Hell, stop making every character look their clothes were chosen by blind clowns. That would HAVE to save some time.
Honestly, if there's anything worthwhile in them admitting that they take too long, it's that we finally know that they have noticed it, too.
It's not just us.
Maybe we'll start seeing new FF games more than every three years.
Yeah... I'll just be over here holding my breath.