Ahead of tomorrow's 1st Production Department Premiere, UFFSite pass opinion on why Square Enix needs to up their game in terms of their support for the Final Fantasy Fan Community.
They need, but they don't do this.
With the way FF has changed over the years, though, and how recent entries have split the fanbase, they could really do with a strong voice to represent them in the fan community.
KH3 and a ff7 remake would fix this, imho
No thanks . it's partially because they (and some people) are stuck in the remake mentality , that they dont truly move forward and get bold . A ff7 remake will not help things . it will do lots of money (wich was not the issue anyway ), but generate mostly bitching ... between those feeling the game should be the same only graphically ace , and those that want more changes to ff7 .
I would love an FF7 remake. But I would also love FFvs13 and FF15 to be good games.
giving the fans what they want is half the battle we're talking about a company that set the stage for what RPGs should be like - they totally made some serious bad calls in the past; that should be fixed
Quinton Flynn should be spokesman for the company, AND voice actor in every single FF game. Not just Reno in FFVII spins offs, but in every damn game. Final Fantasy XIII was very good in my eyes, but here's hoping that Versus XIII will be great.
an ff7 remake wont fix anything.
Square Enix already got Microsft's monthly checks.
Let classics be classics like FF7 and FF8. I dont want SE to screw it up. RIP Squaresoft.
They remind me of Sega and Namco Bandai, in that they seem to not give a shit about their fanbase.
I honestly wouldn't include SEGA with Namdai and S-E. SEGA does give a crap about their fans. They weren't planning on bringing Yakuza 3 over, but after a loud outcry from fans, they did, even if they cut a bit of content (which shouldn't have been cut). Now SEGA verbosely announced that Yakuza 4 will be coming quite early compared to Yakuza 3, and we're all assuming they're gonna bring out Yakuza: Of the End. Personally I can't wait. On another note, Square already has a fanbase, but they're starving us. We really loved them on the original PlayStation and on the PS2, but this generation, they're killing us. Lame game after lame game they keep releasing to us, starving us of our JRPG fill. Maybe it's one man's opinion, but that's my take on the matter.
Except i'd still include them . They redeemed themselves a bit with Yakuza . But they've ruined and are still ruining every franchise they own that isnt a new one . I can't just praise Sega for releasing (with cuts) what they should have anyway . SE release everything they've got after all if we go there .
@Baka-akaB Neither Square-Enix or SEGA are perfect, but I prefer SEGA over SE right now. SEGA takes more chances than SE and while I don't think FFXIII was as bad as everyone says it is it was lackluster. SEGA has made new games like Valkyria Chronicles, Resonance of Fate, and took a big risk with Alpha Protocol. SE has ridden the popularity of the Final Fantasy Series and their "first multiplatform title", The Last Remnant, only appeared on the Xbox360 and PC. SEGA has made mistakes, but they've proven that they learn from them and at least try to make good games. SE seem to be taking steps towards a similar style of developing, but it's taken them longer to get the message and a lot of their actions seem to be more about money than quality. SEGA at least seems to realize that quality games lead to money rather than just expecting them to sell on name alone, although we'd all like to see Valkyria Chronicles return to the PS3 at least they're making more in the series. Hopefully what we see in the coming hours will be a SE that we can all be happy with rather than more of the same disappointment.
They needed , now its too late. cheap talk will not be enough this time.
Completely agreed, Square seems stuck in their mentality as a Japanese giant corporation, where the attitude is "We decide what the fans want".
Very well written article to who ever did it. I'm really impressed with the quality of it and I do agree that SE regardless of their past success needs to learn from other companies.
i agree. they've been making some very off-the-wall decisions lately that's only going to drive a stake through their company.
I liked this article. I bet SE can't wait until this gen is over lol
Square enix has been great for me on handhelds. They have been amazing
I honestly just think all these really stupid decisions that have been made over the last few years are to drive stock down. There can be no other reason for the stupidity they display now. The same looks to be going over at Capcom as well. It is really odd if you ask me. On topic: great article was a very good read and I agree totally.
square enix lost their way.. they should release new Rpgs with new characters and new stories like how squaresoft did.
they have little idea what they're doing any more. so much of the talent has left.
I would cry like a lil baby if they announced a FF7 remake.
SquareEnix needs cultivate themselves about not sucking huge glorious bawls, lke they've been doing for the last 10 years or so (FFXII being the only exception).
i am tired of them. for really they are almost on the no fly list with me. if FFv13 is bad then i am done with them for good. you don't disrespect your fanbase like they have done and get a way with it
they just need to stop westernizing everything and just make a classic old school JRPG.
Who needs SE? Last gen they set the standard for rpgs, FF games used to be must buy/day one purchases but during the passed 5 years of publishing average games,killing Final Fantasy and taking eons to make games ( MGS:PW was completed in a year while it took SE several to finish the 3rd Birthday and Agito, which isn't done yet!) they just aren't worth it anymore. It's time for another company to replace them and another rpg to detrone Final Fantasy.
I think their main problem is taking on to many projects at once then bouncing the people around in a strange game of dodgeball. Finish one title then move to the next it is not that complicated. FFVS would be done by now if they wouldn't have pulled everybody off it to finish FFXIII because that team was not able to do the job.
square enix their name is different than square soft square enix is towards the type of quality of like "difference" is the key to succeeding. square soft is the theme of making quality with a strong theme that core fans of their genre of rpgs of any rpgs that can succeed.
I really hope that FF7 fans will get a remake....I don't think I would buy it myself because FF7, for me, was an ok FF game but I know that if they see how successful doing a remake is then they'll do the same with other FF titles and people will finally get to see there favorite FF game get a sequel.... FF8/9 remake :D
SE used to be my favourite developers/ publisher for the PS1 and PS2 era. But this gen they don't seem to handle the change very well. They seem to take more of the old EA approach of going for money over quality. I remember the FF series used to have the best graphics and top notch CGI of any RPG series but they didn't come close last year. SE lost a lot of fans this gen mainly on the focus on the west and they thought a western console would do that. I read SE wanted to sell 3 million FFXIII on the 360 due to the bigger user base but we say what happened.
I think in order to keep up their high-budget games, all their major titles need to be multiplatform from now on, but that needs to be planned from the start and not thrust upon the team at a late point in development ala FF13.
vs will be multiplatform, square cant resist the money
Article hit the nail on the head. SE made a lot of "interesting" decisions. Sure, it makes sense to expand your fanbase, but why leave out the original? SE made some interesting games that I'd love to try, however scattered over all platforms and handhelds. Aside from publishing Eidos games, all I see now is SE riding the waves of the "Final Fantasy" name. Games reaching multi-million production costs thrown in with an ailing JRPG industry will lead to questionable decisions I guess.
I think Square could learn a lot from the smaller companies not blinded by the dollars as much - Atlus, Nippon Ichi etc.
i still miss Squaresoft days...but imo Square enix is still a good company too no matter what others say... just wait till FFversusXIII you Square Enix haters !!
SquareEnix is a cancer (one of many) of video games world.
Square enix needs to release the games they have announced. Development time is ridiculous
if Square were even aware of their fanbase they wouldn't have gone with Front Mission Evolved. Would of either offered a the old titles on PSN/XBLA or remade Gun Driver. Again for PSN/XBL. Its their blind focus on cinematics that's ruining them. If they went back to gameplay they'd be alright.
It's more complicated than that I think. SE is a different company than Square and lot of people who created magic of Squaresoft are gone now (and I'm not talking about Sakaguchi or Uematsu). With people like Toriyama,Nojima and Nomura in charge of everything it just can't end up good.
They don't have fan base now and little by little they are changing from a game company to a CGi movies company (does FFXIII tells you something) they destroyed the hearts of they true fans with all this FFXIII stuff... sou they are gonna eat what they ordered.
Gameplay Understand that characters should mature as fans of the games do...in most cases.
They need to cultivate on hurrying up FF Versus XIII
Vagrant Story remake or bust
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