Square Enix & Microsoft: The Honey Moon Period Is Over

Square Enix and Microsoft have a rather strange relationship quite akin to that of a roller coaster. Early on in the current generation's life, Square Enix was happy to offer their games on Microsoft's system, distributing exclusive titles like The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Star Ocean: The Last Hope - now also on the PlayStation 3 - and just recently Final Fantasy XIII was released on both major consoles. Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada explained it as a way of expanding their audience. So then why isn't Final Fantasy XIV heading down the same route as well?

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NYC_Gamer3074d ago

most of the 360 fanbase doesnt even care about these kinda games

DasBunker3074d ago

indeed all they want is teh shootzors!

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RememberThe3573074d ago

But I have friends that are big 360 gamers and they spend a lot of time plays sports game as well. I've played so much FIFA the last few weeks it's ridiculous.

El_Colombiano3074d ago

Actually, yeah. Show me sale numbers for any game that got even near what Halo 3 sold that isn't a shooter.

BTW, don't worry. I'm not expecting an answer. There isn't one.

- Ghost of Sparta -3074d ago

Square-Enix saw the kind of reaction that ensued after FFXIII sucked and realized that it only sucked because of all the compromises they had to make for it to run on weaker hardware. No towns, linear missions, no shops, and just nothing to do until the last couple chapters.

R.I.P SE if Versus goes multi.

Rush3074d ago

Why are PS3 users that have most likely never even touched a 360 in there life talking about what the 360 fans want.

Your all nothing but bloody trolls and idiots, I have loads of friends that love JRPG's on the 360.

Seriously I lose hope for humanity every time I see a PS3 fanboy on here going on about how 360 users only like shooters, at the same time saying how amazing KillZone 3 is going to be.

Make up your minds you stupid moronic trolls.

wages of sin3074d ago

Is good for the gander then because shooters are the top sellers on the PS3 as well with everything else taking a distant second. The fact of the matter is, while many of my fellow PS3 owners like to think they are part of some high minded gaming elite, they aren't. The fact of the matter is regardless of platform, certain genres don't get community support that others do. Case in point, look at UC1 and 2. UC went vastly under noticed and UC2 didn't fair any better until it started getting so many awards.

With the exception of exclusives (MAG, Killzone2 etc) FPS's are better on the 360 in my opinion. With exception, if a a game is multi-plat, I buy it on my 360. FFXIII being the exception. However, with more devs getting used to (and being able to afford) working on the PS3, going forward, if a multi-plat is better on PS3, I'll be more prone to bite.

Mr_Bun3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Pro Tip:
"Your" is not the same as "You're"

I'm sure you were too busy calling people "idiots", "stupid", "moronic" to notice

MRMagoo1233074d ago

@Rush the difference is even tho killzone3 is going to be great and better looking than anything the 360 can handle ps3 owners still buy other games thats why there are no games that dominate the sales on the ps3 all games sell well, the 360 has halo thats all it has that sells amazing numbers thats why its known as a console for ppl that like twitch no skill shooters. Ill put it in a way even a 360 owner can understand in the ps3 basket you have 50 easter eggs with 10 different flavors in the 360 basket you have 50 easter eggs but only 2 different flavors now if you where to sell these eggs from each basket you would find with logical thought involved that the ps3 eggs would all sell but the numbers would be distributed evenly more or less in the 360 basket there would be high sales on both flavours making it seem like they get alot higher sales than the ps3 ones. i hope you can understand this if not maybe ask a teacher about it or your mum perhaps.


just like ps3 fanboys....LOL

Snakefist303074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

U got nothing better to do besides talking Bullsh**t things abut ps3 fanboys.

UltraNova3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

MS will allow SE to release FF Versus on the 360 in return for not allowing them to release FFonline ;)

sikbeta3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

The guys at SE, especially Wada are the worst, they betrayed their Real Fans for more money, they thought that in order to "sell more" they needed to change = weternize those old School Franchises Squaresoft made and JRPG Fans love just to "appeal" to others and by that, they made a bunch of low quality games unappealing to anyone, cos those who SE were "aiming" to sell don't really care about their games anyway, no matter how much SE change those franchises, the only thing SE obtain is the disappointment of the Real Fans and how they stop supporting those games.

DarkSpawnClone3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )


Top 20 console games of all time

The 20 best-selling console/handheld games, not originally bundled with a console/handheld system. Cross-platform sales are not counted.

1. Wii Play (Wii – 27.38 million, Wii remote bundled with all copies)[68]
2. Nintendogs (DS – 23.26 million, all five versions combined)[68]
3. Wii Fit (Wii – 22.61 million)[68]
4. Mario Kart Wii (Wii – 22.55 million)[68]
5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS – 22.49 million)[68]
6. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (Game Boy – 20.08 million approximately: 10.23 million in Japan,[48] 9.85 million in US)[19]
7. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (DS – 18.72 million)[68]
8. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES – 18 million)[97]
9. Mario Kart DS (DS – 17.90 million)[68]
10. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (DS – 17.39 million)[78]
11. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2 - 17.33 million)[104]
12. Wii Sports Resort (Wii – 16.14 million)[68]
13. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2 – 14.89 million shipped)[93]
14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii – 14.70 million)[68]
15. Pokémon Gold and Silver (Game Boy Color – 14.51 million approximately: 7.6 million in US,[19] 6.91 million in Japan)[48]
16. Super Mario Land (Game Boy – 14 million)[97]
17. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (DS – 13.71 million)[69]
18. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (GBA – 13 million)[77]
19. Wii Fit Plus (Wii – 12.65 million)[68]
20. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (GBA – 11.82 million)[78]

there you go , lots of Nintendo games.. ohh look Gran Turismo ;D ...halo is not on this list. halo is the most sold fps of all time i think but not even close to the most sold game of all time.

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Blaze9293074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

494,300 first month people who bought FF13 on the Xbox 360. That's still nearly half a million customers for a series to put it's game on the system for the first time ever (besides FF11 MMO). Most games can't even do that in their lifetime this gen. Why would Square ignore even that size of a fanbase - even if it is lackluster to the total amount of 360s sold?


woah wtf is up with the disagrees? sheesh this site's fanbase is ridiculous. You all forget all the end of the say these companies are a business and about money. Not pleasing fanboys.

NYC_Gamer3074d ago

i think in the end sqaure will forget about the xbl policy and release it on 360

Rush3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Fanboys are not bound by logic Blaze I have made that mistake 1 to many times myself.

You can't reason or have a decision about a topic outside a fanboys belief or simply put in there world you ARE wrong.


Even though FF13 sold exceptionally well on the 360, i highly doubt the same people would
1. Buy the game
2. Then pay SE subscription on top of MS subscription.
Microsoft need to quit being so greedy for their customers sake and maybe even their own.

ZombieAutopsy3074d ago

Even though i agree with you i have to somewhat disagree on something you said "You all forget all the end of the say these companies are a business and about money. Not pleasing fanboys. ", they are a business and part of being a business is pleasing share holders and Sony own 9% of SE.

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Greywulf3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

As does Banjo Kazooie.

Unless a 360 title has a gun in it, its going to fail. Hell more people bought a Gran Turismo Demo than bought a Retail Forza title.

with a smaller install base.

Nothing wrong with it, the facts are that most people bought the 360 for halo, just as they did the Xbox 1, which is why they just barely out sold the defunct Xbox1. Microsoft has a problem expanding their audience because they aren't offering content thats not available next door. Theres nothing NEW to offer 360 customers except Sony associated titles.

Sony offers its own content
as does nitnendo.
Microsoft? Halo... halo.. and more halo.

Rush3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Lolz nice stealth edit there Greywulf I was about do destroy your logic o well.

Tricksy3074d ago

lol "stealth edit" wow ur life is so full that you care whether someone edits their comment

"stealth edit"- because its really that important

guzman3074d ago

DAyum rite NYC_gamer! I dont givea phuck bout arepgzz juss gimme a gayme Wwere I can shootz Peeps in DA face!! every 3 secondz! I Luv my xBOX360! Now iph ya excuze me I gotta dephend My title az chamPeoN of Halo 3 in ma trailerpark. USA!USA! *smashes a full can of beer into his forehead*

ZombieAutopsy3074d ago

I'm giving you a disagree and taking a bubble away for typing like DiZ.

MadMan003074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

People only assume this because of Halo is on 360, I hate shooters. Most of ym friends hate shooters all my friends that have a PS3...what are they playing? Shooters! Stop with this bull shit you idiots.

Go find some charts it will show PS3s top online game is shooter.

Can't realy find newer charts, but 11 months ago most played ps3 online game was soccom, lol...It's a shooter.

Millionaire3074d ago

"Go find some charts it will show PS3s top online game is shooter. "

Yeah cause there are a lot of RPGs online right? Lol

Dumbass, most of the online multiplayer in consoles are shooters.

ukilnme3074d ago

Total crap, but I expect no less from the PS3 loyalists that infest this site.

YoungDrack3074d ago

ya what ever.

ff13 was destined to suck before it even came out, the characters are unappealing and boring, the environments dont have that final fantasy feelin to them and the overall game just didnt work

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mephman3074d ago

I wonder if this will affect any future decisions from Square Enix.

Hardedge3074d ago

Who knows, it seems more like it's an issue with MMOs rather than games from SE in general. They just happen to be making FFXIV an MMO.

ShawnCollier3074d ago

Yeah, that's what I'm wondering.

Godmars2903074d ago

By the sound of it, with Wada making excuses and apologies for and too MS, I'd say no.

Nevermind that they've yet to deliver a game on the 360 says "Square" or that the effort that's gone into those attempts have effected the PS3. The established fanbase in general as they ignore it to make another.

Wada's just an idiot.

Natsu X FairyTail3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

It wasnt a real ''honey moon''. Most of the SE games that came to the Xbox360 were being prepared a long time ago. they dint have the time to put out a PS3 version at the same time. Like most of all the other Rpgs that were once exclusives on xbox.

Edit: disagreeing wont change the fact that what im saying is true.

When they were at the drawing board for games like Tales of vesperia on the xbox360 how could Namco or other devs prepare games for pS3 if it wasnt even out?

DasBunker3074d ago

"how could Namco or other devs prepare games for pS3 if it wasnt even out? "

because consoles launch with 0 games right? because you know how could devs prepare games for X console if it wasnt even out?

Natsu X FairyTail3074d ago

What I'm saying is They obviously had the Dev kits for the Xbox360 games a long time ago way before they had the PS3 ones. So thats a big reason why alot of rpgs came to xbox360 1st then to PS3 after.

Trroy3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Every business strategy has its ups and downs. I'm sure charging for online play looked like a good idea at the beginning of this gen, and its certainly squeezed a lot of money out of 360 owners, for something that's largely identical and free on PSN (I'm talking online play here).

...we'll see how it turns out by the end of the gen.

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