Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy's latest earnings report shows year-over-year gains for revenue and profit.
and somehow it means more externally funded western games and even lesser console jrpgs. (its all in their report, go see for yourself)
and somehow it means Tomb Raider being exclusive on XONE because they obviously lied about being unimpressed with the sales of the reboot.
Yeah, it is funny how at one time selling millions was underwhelming but bow exclusivity is fine. You know what that means? MS bought 2 million copies worth.
This is why Square-Enix won't go back to roots. Their current formula is more than profitable. And if FFXV turns out to be a hit, the harvest will be even greater. I still miss turn-based Final Fantasy games like 9 and 10.
When their profits were low a few years ago many were saying SE needed to go back to its roots in order to make profit; I find it ironic. While you have games that are trying new things like FFXIV and FFXV you also have games that bring back the old such as Bravely Default. Let's be honest,to some, SE will never be good again no matter what they do.
We are living in a gaming generation where next-gen graphics and open world exploration are quintessential facets. Square-Enix is catering to that newgen mindset and it's benefiting them. I don't favor the route they've taken, but they are a company and companies make money.
You see though that when Nintendo made Bravely Default and released ot to critical acclaim, Square realized that a market still exists and quickly jumped on the sequel. That along with Ni No Kuni should be enough to know that if they made a really good jrpg, it would sell well. Lost Odyssey 2 would be amazing and sell well. But instead they feel like they have to go western. With the likes of Dragon Age and The Witcher 3, they better come big b/c it's a lot easier to compete against other jrpgs imho.
You have to understand: There's no returning to turn based jrpgs. At least for major devs / publishers
What is it that I have to understand that I didn't just say?
There was a time when SE said they wouldn't release anything that wasn't FF related. Oddly enough, it's about the time that their money problems started(as a merged company). They kind of saturated the market with FF, and milked the franchise into being less profitable than it used to be.
Of course, they got all that Microsoft $$$$$$$$$!
Nothing wrong with that. Like former WWE heel Ted DiBiase once said: "Everybody's got a price for the Million Dollar Man" [Hahahahaha!!! ...evil laugh]
Well, there is something wrong with it, if it's an already established franchise on other platforms as well. I would have been fine with it, if they'd funded the first Tomb Raider reboot, and not the sequel to an already multi-plaform game. As for SE's profits, I really hope they don't continue down the phone/tablet gaming route. It's very disheartening as someone who wants full console experiences to keep seeing them make phone games with known franchises that would have been so much better as a console or even a dedicated handheld experience.
@Snookies12, The thing you got to remember is this has been going on for ages since the early days of gaming. The original Street Fighter was made exclusive for the SNES and Genesis owners were left out cold. Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy were made PS One exclusives. Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Zero and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes were made exclusive for the Gamecube. Shoot, even the dying Sega Saturn managed to get a Resident Evil game (RE Veronica) as an exclusive. GTA3 and Metal Gear Solid were secured exclusives by Sony for the PS2. For the original xbox, Dead or Alive 3 and Ninja Gaiden were made exclusives on that console. So this is nothing new, big franchise were made exclusives for consoles due to business wheeling and dealing since the beginning of time. It just got magnified more this time due to the fact that it is from MS and we live in an age of social media. I am pretty sure Sony will have its own big third party exclusive as well in the future.
You have proof of that? The facts are, Square Enix got rid of Sony earlier in the year and now don't have that drag on their company.
I enjoyed time raider but Lara got smack around like crazy and I got tired of being on that island all the time lol
They failed to meet expected net income by 6%, they're still in trouble.
This means we will never see Valkryie Profile 3, Front Mission 6, Parasite Eve 3, new Chrono, Star Ocean 5, new Tactics Ogre, new Saga, or Vagrant Story 2...
I never even realised there was a Front Mission 4 or 5. :o
Front Mission 4 for PS2. One of the best FM i ever played. Hopefully SE will release it again as PS2 classic or HD remaster. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... Front Mission 5 for PS2 but SE never localize it :( Imho, the best Front Mission and the story answered unresolved question from all Front Mission games. If you a Front Mission fans, than you really need to play it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
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