The Xbox 360 is almost six-years old and the PlayStation 3 and Wii almost five. Both Microsoft and Sony have proclaimed that its current consoles will have 10-year life cycles. A Wii 2 is expected to be unveiled this year to fight off the 360 and PS3’s respective Kinect and PlayStation Move motion controllers. According to Metro UK, Square Enix, makers of popular franchises such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest isn’t going to wait around for the next-gen consoles – it’s planning to open a 100 staff-strong studio in Canada next year. Whether Square Enix knows some top secret info on the next round of consoles is anyone’s guess, but one thing that’s clear is that in order develop high budget games with rich high definition graphics and engrossing Hollywood-worthy music scores, getting a few years head start will be crucial. A game like Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development since 2006 and still has no solid release date. Yoichi Wada, Square Enix’s president has said in the past that that the company “takes too long to produce a game.” We highly doubt Square Enix wants to repeat its slow development process again.

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