Square Enix Aggressively Developing "Mid-Range" Switch Games, Says It is Similar to PS4 and Xbox One

Square Enix says that the Switch is perfect for mid-range games like Project Octopath Traveler and that we can expect new titles to be announced at E3 2018.

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kalkano256d ago (Edited 256d ago )

"I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear, and Project Octopath Traveler are all smaller, "mid-range" games that fit well on the hybrid console/handheld device."

Those are all low-budget games...

Mid-tier is stuff like Persona 5, Dragon Quest 11, and Trails of Cold Steel.

DJK1NG_Gaming256d ago

Project Octopath Traveler is not a low budget game. It built using Unreal Engine 4. Lost Sphear and I am Setusna are Unity games.

kalkano256d ago

So? The engine does not require you to use a certain level of graphical assets (which are the #1 source of higher budgets). All you need are eyes to see that they're low budget.

UltraNova255d ago

PUGB is an unreal game and it looks pretty much like shit by today's standards.

Engine choice does not equal graphical quality. Sufficient Budget+ capable devs/artists on the other hand do.

ChronoJoe255d ago

The engine doesn't make them any cheaper. Both Unreal and Unity are free, and simply take royalties.

C-H-E-F255d ago (Edited 255d ago )

you know UE4 is equivalent to Unity... it's FREE so what does the engine has to do with the budget for the game. however, the fact that they are using a FREE engine SCREAMS low-mid budget if you'd like to indicate the engine equates to a games budget.

DJK1NG_Gaming255d ago

Project Octopath Traveler has more work being put into it than those games.
If you played the demo you would know this.
I am Setsuna and Lost Sphear is nothing like or even close to this game.
Those games don't even have Voice Acting. Not only that Nintendo involvement in the west as the Publisher, Marketing and Advertising it. More money will be put into it.
The game is more demanding than those two.

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NotoriousWhiz255d ago

If those games are mid tier, then what do you call high tier?

Kun_ADR255d ago

Maybe Danganronpa? Lol. Seriously though, Dragon Quest and Persona are AAA games. Persona 5 alone took 6 years to make. That is more than double the amount of time a standard game is made.

kalkano255d ago

It absolutely astonishes me to see people refer to those games as AAA...

Once again, use your eyes. Look at the graphics in those games. That is NOT EVEN CLOSE to AAA. Just because a game is rendered in 3D, does not mean it's AAA. That's absurd.

Also, Persona 5 sold almost 2 million copies. Ask yourself this: "If Persona 5 is AAA, and sold almost 2 million copies, would it be considered a massive success, and already have a Persona 6 in the works?" The answer is, obviously, no. The series would be cancelled.

PhoenixUp255d ago

I feel offended that Square Enix would call Lost Sphear and I Am Setsuna a mid-range game. Those games have far lower budgets than other legitimate midrange JRPGs.

It’s obvious Square Enix is only listing them as such to justify the high prices

tehpees3255d ago

They would do better on Switch than on Xbox. Kingdom Hearts DDD sold more than the Xbox One Final Fnatasy XV according to retail figures.

If not KH3 they should do something with it for Switch. They are seriously missing out if they don't.

The 10th Rider255d ago

Considering the success they're seeing with the Switch I wouldn't be surprised if they're looking into it at the moment. The Switch does support Unreal engine and from the sound of things it works well on the console. It's also easily scale-able. Heck, they were talking about porting Final Fantasy XV to Unreal so that they could port it to Switch, it'd make sense that they're looking into porting games that already use Unreal to Switch.

CrystalFantasy255d ago

Please no more Bravely Default trash. Those games are overrated garbage.

Make FFXII Zodiac age for Switch and I'll buy it. I won't play that ps2 game on my ps4 but i will on a handheld... When i buy the second revision next year, you know, with superior battery life and better screen along with the rest of the Switch that was originally cut out to meet demands this year. Lol you suckers.

Kun_ADR255d ago

I guess I’m one of the suckers that is currently playing Mario,BOTW, and Splatoon then. Lucky you.

CrystalFantasy255d ago

I played Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Wolfenstein, Nioh and many others plus all the upcoming games so I'm quite content to wait for next year to buy the REAL version of the Switch next year.