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Annualized Final Fantasy?



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Final Fantasy is no stranger to annual releases. There was a time when games would come out every year (and sometimes multiple games would be released in a single year). But with console game development taking longer than ever, and a lack of handhelds, the days of getting a new FF game every year is seemingly a thing of the past. Or is it? After Stranger of Paradise was revealed for next year, I started thinking. Part 1 of the Final Fantasy VII Remake came out last year (2020), this year (2021) could see the release of FFXVI (unlikely but not impossible), SoP is coming in 2022, and FF7R part 2 could potentially be out in 2023. If Square Enix is trying to annualize the franchise once more, then what could we expect for 2024 and beyond (other than VII Remake entries of course)? Is XVII closer than we think? Will X-3 finally be made? More Final Fantasy Origin games? A Tactics revival? Only time will tell.
 

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Couldn't be worse than devoting years and years to a project that implodes anyway like what happened with XV. I think that project causing this huge stall both for the FF series *and* the KH series might be why Square has been trying to have something every year now even if it's just something inconsequential like one of the HD ReMIXes.
 

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I think any game company has to find a happy medium between annual and non-annual releases. I think forcing your employees to make AAA annual releases leads to crunch and lower quality games. At the same time, games that take 300 years to come out faces the issue of looking and feeling "old" by the time it releases.

I think a 3-5 year cycle works best. If we taken Square properties I know about, it would work like so:

Year 1: FF
Year 2: KH
Year 3: Dragon Quest
Year 4: Random experiment
Year 5: Random Experiment

then the cycle repeats.
 

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No FF AAA game is going to see a annual release unless they: a) expand b) acquire c) outsource
 
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