Square Enix CEO falls on his sword; why this is sad but positive news

Digitally Downloaded writes: "If there is one thing Square Enix desperately needs that its rivals all have right now is a fresh spirit of innovation and creativity. I would expect Matsuda to bring that into the company."

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Agent Smith1852d ago

Then make good games and I'll buy.

aCasualGamer1852d ago

"lack of momentum in console gaming"

Sounds like he's trying to spin this and blame console gamers for not purchasing Square Enix titles.

Well guess what? Gamers aren't as blind and stupid as you thought. Why would gamers put their money on Sqaure Enix titles that are lackluster when there are much better games in the market?

Further more, where is the bloody FF Versus? That alone is the reason why people listen to your press conferences and your appearances. You let us down with your lies, and we'll let you down with our lack of purchases. Lose/lose situation in other words, could easily be replaced with a definitive release date for FFXIII Versus and you'll see a bump in sales, in other words... a win/win situation.

Hopefully Matsuda can do a better job.

adorie1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Edit: OH... he's gone? PARTY TIME!

Pozzle1852d ago

Damn, I hope they really don't think that consoles and console gamers are to blame for their lack of sales. If they do, then that just goes to show how little they are paying attention to their fans' feedback.

I wonder if their opinion will change once FFX HD is released? Maybe then they will realize that gamers ARE still interested in buying their long as those games are good.

Tetsujin1852d ago

"Yoichi Wada, who has been in the role since Square merged with Enix in 2003, will be leaving his post" (From the article)

This song I'm gonna blast all day now:

indysurfn1852d ago

I don't dislike this guy at all. But his plan was to make all games half RPG, and half western action adventure. And he did, so they did lose their way. Meanwhile companies in Japan like nikkon, Gust, kept making ACTUAL rpg's. And taking market share in Japan from Square. Instead of making games that will not just capture to his audience he turned square into a confusion theme. When is the last time the west has seen a turn based RPG for consoles made by square. Which is what made square? Where is the big bangs in RPG's (the Summon spells the espers) that come down with much flare. And cause great destruction? Then leave. Now they have been relegated to a PC style character on the field, casting spells punching. Why take the band away to give another very them character? People want console style rpgs. Not want to bes!

gaffyh1852d ago

WOAH!! This is the best news I have ever heard!! This idiot ruined Squaresoft, and I hope to God that the new guy is nothing like him.

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pompombrum1852d ago

Agreed, once they start making good games again, I'll buy them. I don't agree with the article saying they need innovation and creativity, that's what they've tried this gen and where they are failing miserably. I think most fans would be more than happy for them to just going back to what they are good at.

Still, I know Square are in a bad place is it so bad that they've become delusional? Lack of momentum in console gaming? Console gaming is bigger and more mainstream than ever. If they remade FF7 or stopped taking huge steaming dumps all over the FF brand name and instead focused on creating something equal to FF4-10, they'd be able to warm up a whole new generation of gamers to imho the best genre there is.

indysurfn1852d ago

aiBreeze good point, why do articles always say rpg's need innovation? Why don't they say racing, shooting, platform gaming, etc need it? I think it is because they don't like jrpgs, RPG's! So they feel it needs changing. Back in the 90s about 36 percent of JAPANS most wanted games every week where JRPG's Now it is 51% are JRPGs in Japan. Many more companies are taking up the demand that Square left on the floor! That is their fault. I'd go FF4-10 (with a asterisk on 10 until it brings back the old summon spells)

matgrowcott1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution.

They all got great critical acclaim, they all deserve to be played, but obviously they didn't sell all that well. Finding out why they didn't sell well is more important than some half-assed joke about Square never releasing good games.

Because any company that would release Versus XIII after three big games that didn't live up to expectation, all from established franchises (Sleeping Dogs, sort of), all with decent reviews, is a company that isn't going to make it.

DaPrintz1852d ago

Tomb Raider sold very well.

matgrowcott1852d ago


Oh, so how much did Square spend on it? Do you know how much they needed to make to turn a profit? Any idea how much they get from each sale?

They knew how many it had to sell for them to make money off it and there's no way we can guess how accurate or ambitious that was. We just don't have the relevant details.

All we can say is they sold relatively well, but then that doesn't tell us much anyway.

Murad1852d ago

Tomb Raider, and Hitman sold surprisingly well. Deus Ex HR also sold well. The only thing the CEO is complaining about is the lack of sales in the cash cow known as FF 13.

indysurfn1852d ago

matgrowcott was to be a full fledged turn based JRPG complete with Summon spells! It ironically is the opposite of what he was doing! And was the opposite of FFXIII which was trying to be western.

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zerocrossing1852d ago

If they drop IIIX and move on to making genuinely great FF games again then I'll start buying.

MoveTheGlow1852d ago

IIIX...does that mean 7? ;)

MoveTheGlow1852d ago (Edited 1852d ago )

"Consider Groove Coaster, or Space Invaders Extreme. If there is one thing Square Enix desperately needs that its rivals all have right now is a fresh spirit of innovation and creativity. I would expect Matsuda to bring that into the company."

ALL MY YES. Taito was my favorite game company for a while when Space Invaders Extreme/Infinity Gene and Groove Coaster came out. They were focused, innovative, and simple games, made efficiently, done with a ton of style. I wondered what had happened to Taito lately. Apparently they were losing Matsuda.

I'm expecting exactly what Matsuda governed when he was at Taito: a return to the company's classic style, but with meaningful enhancements to the genre that actually *help* the gameplay instead of destroy it. I hope Square can now get back to making RPG's - ones that reach back to the best aspects of JRPG's when they were awesome - and with modern enhancements only when necessary and helpful, not just tacked on "because new!" like FF13. And no more of this "We need to reinvent the graphical wheel every time, so we have no time to make a single freaking town!" crap.

I expect him to bring back the Chrono series, too. Ahem. GET ON THAT.

FRAKISTAN1852d ago

really? Tomb Raider,Hitman and Sleeping Dogs???

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DaThreats1852d ago

thank god,
What took so long for Wada to leave

Pyrrhus1852d ago

I cannot describe how happy I am to see this. Hopefully Squenix takes a step back in time to their glory days.

uuaschbaer1852d ago

A Pyrrhic victory. (Sorry)

abzdine1852d ago

i'm so glad!! now it shouldnt be hard to go back on track cause they have the talent to do it.

SilentNegotiator1852d ago

When I read the title, I thought the guy had committed Seppuku!

I'm glad he's gone. Squeenix is in need for major changes.

LeonhartX1852d ago

Thank god, maybe the good old days will come back.

Flavor1852d ago

The good old days are never coming back for the Japanese game industry. They are basically irrelevant. Without the airtight grip they once held on hardware (up until xbox), the Japanese cannot compete against the PR, marketing savvy, market access, and most importantly, creativity of western developers/publishers.

TheOneWhoIsTornApart1852d ago

Thanks for your input Mr.Buzzkill.

Minato-Namikaze1852d ago

Sony seems to have a bunch of classic style JRPG's coming out this year. There is a huge market for them you just have to know where that market is and dont piss off your base.

KingKelloggTheWH1852d ago

More emphasis on console exclusives(Versus/Crystal Chron) and less on DLC and cell phones.