PlayStation Portable Final Fantasy spin-off Type-0 is nearly finished, Square Enix has said.

Director Hajime Tabata said in a post on the game' development blog (translated by Andriasang), that all that's left to do is tune and debug.

The game has been in development for a whopping three-and-a-half years – ever since Square Enix made the decision to move the game from mobile phones to the PSP.

But Tabata defended the development process, saying the creation of PSP game The 3rd Birthday soaked up much of the team's attention for about a year of that time.

And gamers shouldn't worry, he added. The lengthy development time means the team has polished the game and filled it with content.

Earlier this month Tabata said the game would launch in Japan in the autumn, blaming the delay on the PlayStation Network hack of April.

Final Fantasy Type-0 was once called Final Fantasy Agito XIII, and is one of a number of games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of Final Fantasy titles.

It is so big it will ship on two UMDs – the first PSP game to do so. Creator Square Enix is "looking into the possibility" of a download version of the game.

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