They should have delayed development when Matsuno dropped out(unless the rumours about square taking their best guy out are true). I understand Hiroyuki Ito is a legend in gameplay design and Hiroshi Minagawa is a great art director, but in my opinion the game failed if compared to what the 3 did together before (Matsuno as director, designer and writer; Ito as battle designer and Minagawa as a art director). Maybe it was Matsuno's fault, but knowing his past I'd doubt that possibility.