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Developer Salute – Square Circa 2001

GI - "When I talk about the glory days of Japanese RPGs, or how companies “just don’t make them like they used to,” what I’m really saying is that I miss Square. During the original PlayStation era, the company was the unquestioned master of role-playing, building a following of loyal devotees by releasing a string of amazing and successful games. Regardless of what you think about the company today, Square was absolutely on fire at the turn of the millennium."

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kewlkat0071032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

Man oh man the glory days of JRPG..What happened?

Hironobu Sakaguchi is pressured to leave and everything goes to sh!t...That guy was their Steve Jobs.

@mario19 : I don't see it that way. Final Fantasy is what popularized JRPGs for the west. Not no Persona or Dragon's Quest.

mario191032d ago (Edited 1032d ago )

Actually Nomura Kotura was Steve Jobs of jrpg's. There would be no Persona's, Legend of Dragoon, and Dragon Quest without him. He also started the real time combat system into rpg's

SuperBazza1032d ago

They were on fire, and they still are, commercially.

I was talking to Square Enix's PR manager during the last E3 and he told me that FFXIII, as slammed as it may have been by critics, was the most profitable games SE ever did in the franchise. That is why they released three.

He told me that the focus for the next games would be the new generation of gamers that don't necessarily know about the classics, mostly because they were in greater numbers, and that the character construction they would go after would be "more like Justin Bieber, directed at teens" than FFVII or FFXII, basically because it made so much more sense from a sales standpoint.

I told him they were raping the franchise, and that Final Fantasy didn't get to that level by exploiting teenage urges. He agreed. Then he showed me a FF8 necklace he had at all times, even before working at Square Enix. We got booze.

mario191032d ago

And that you woke up from that nightmare

GeckoPutt1032d ago

I came here for the Auron love - I was disappointed.