It certainly felt like we were posting about Final Fantasy XIII for an eternity.

Speaking with GameReactor, the developer said that Square Enix needs to adopt the two-year turn-around time that most Western developers employ for big titles.

“[For] the current generation console[s], Final Fantasy XIII was obviously the first game, and personally I think we took a little too long getting it out,” he said.

“When you think of Western triple A titles like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Assassin’s Creed, they seem to work with a lot shorter turnaround – they make a new game in one to two years. That is something we need to follow up, because that seems to be the best way to keep our fans interested and attracted to the franchise.”

Thankfully Kitase believes Square Enix has "learnt a lesson" from the lengthy development of Final Fantasy XIII, and reckons that's backed up by the quicker development of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

That's all well and good Kitase, but what of Final Fantasy Versus XIII?

"As far as Final Fantasy Versus XIII goes, we are working very hard on it. I think it’s going to be a great game, but we haven’t got updated information to release at this point," he said.

Not too many lessons learnt, then.