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The New, And Somewhat Dangerous, Path of Square Enix

Ian Fisher writes: The situation Square Enix has found itself in (some titles underpeforming, the Japanese teams struggling on the production side of things) has resulted in a changing of the guard of sorts. Besides Yoichi Wada stepping down and Yosuke Matsuda assuming the position of President, the company is also refocusing on how it approaches games development. Now this likely won’t be a debacle akin to how THQ seemingly changed their company focus every few months before finally going kaput, but it is interesting nonetheless; not only for what sort of impact it could have on titles such as Sleeping Dogs and possibly Tomb Raider, but the industry wide repercussions it could have as well.

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Godmars290932d ago

Square is circling the bowl as far as I'm concerned. Their creativity has become too compromised and they're only more interested in keeping the money coming in rather than telling a story or entertaining players.

3-4-5930d ago (Edited 930d ago )

They put almost all their money into FF 14 & it's remake, along with FF 15 & DQ 10 MMO.

They put too much money in MMO's and Three FF13 games that nobody really wanted.

Think about that. Look where all their money is invested.

All the money for a new Dragon Quest or an Original IP went right back in FF14....again.

All the money that could be used for a new IP....went to making FF 13 three times over.

They just aren't as intelligent as they think they are and their actions decide that.

UltimateMaster929d ago

As long as they can release their games in N/A on gaming consoles, we'll be fine.
It's all I ask.

kalkano931d ago

I'm already a 90% retro-gamer. It's stuff like this that's pushing me closer and closer to 100%.

TheLyonKing930d ago

We expect so much from SE, I know I do and I am usually left underwhelmed.
So much so that I replay the older games to get the taste out my mouth.

However saying that, I like to think they have a few saving graces eg kh series.

Bottom line I haven't given up on SE and I feel this new gen might bring them round again. Far from a downward spiral I think they have just taken two steps downwards but they can come back. All it takes is one good game.

mohuzas930d ago

SE's decisions these days don't make a shred of sense. KH3 is gauranteed to bomb on the XB1, if you want the game to sell and be multiplatform, why not port it to the console with mostly cartoony games that it's gauranteed to sell well on?

EXVirtual930d ago (Edited 930d ago )

True. Cartoony games and JRPGs in general only do well on Nintendo and Sony platforms. PC and Xbox, not so much (this game and FFXV aren't going to PC, I'm just making a point). It's mainly because the Wii U version would be worse, but I'd make a watered down Wii U version before an XBO version. Plus, the XBO version will run worse anyway.

CaptainN930d ago

Kingdom Hearts should be on Wii-U !

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