Square Enix are known for two things: Final Fantasy, and massive delays for games released in the West. The former isn't going to be changing anytime soon, but the latter just might be!

In an interview with Ars Technica, Square boss Yoichi "Imperial Hot" Wada has said that in the future, post-FFXIII world, Square games will be much more timely when making the jump from Japan to the West.

"For the last three years, we have worked very hard to close the gap between Japanese release timing and North American and European release timing," he said. "We tried to go for the global, simultaneous release [of FFXIII] but that was something that was inconceivable, in a sense. But we have been able to close that release window gap to three months. For us, it was a very big step forward."


So big that Wada says future Square Enix games will be held back until all versions are ready, unlike the company's current plan which is "launch in Japan first, everyone else later".

A flat world: Ars interviews Square-Enix CEO Yoichi Wada [Ars Technica]