They didn't apologise for XIII because they can't fix it.
But Lightning Returns is going to fix it!
According to the Lightning fanbase this game will be the bestesr FF evar!
That ship sailed honey. Who'd want to play a RPG where you need to rush it and finish it in approx 1 and a half week.
Toriyama got inspired from Digital Devil Saga, we get it, but doesnt mean they need to copy from Majora's Mask.
Copying things from other games, especially good parts, isn't a bad thing. Quite the opposite really, using known concepts and improving on them is how genres evolve. I don't see this game doing it well though.
I dont see anythng wrong with getting inspired. But if its poorly done like in XIII.
FFXIII didn't copy anything though. It probably should have, so there would be at least some redeeming values.