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Final Fantasy XIII to Last 10 Years?

In a recent interview for Nintendo Dream (that IGN was gracious enough to translate), Square-Enix big kahuna, Shinji Hashimoto, discusses a number of the company’s upcoming projects.  While much of the interview focused on various games that are being made for Nintendo consoles, Hashimoto also touched upon Final Fantasy XIII for a moment, stating that Square-Enix plans to stretch the game out with side stories over the next 10 years or so.  It will be similar to what they are doing with Final Fantasy VII, except that it’s planned from the start, and not just an afterthought.

Although speaking with a Nintendo magazine, Hashimoto brought up Final Fantasy XIII as a comparison for Square Enix’s decision to expand upon the FFVII storyline through the Compilation project years after the game’s original release. “Different from something like VII, which we expanded upon afterwards, with Fabula Nova Crystallis FFXIII, we’ve thought about an expansive world setting from the start. Under the idea of wanting everyone to be sucked into the world for 10 years, we’re preparing a number of categories.” He likened this approach to films like Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

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