Square Enix conducts "comprehensive review" of upcoming games

Publisher says it reviewed all work-in-progress games; no mention of Murdered: Soul Suspect in latest earnings report.

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Square Enix has conducted a "comprehensive review" of all work-in-progress games, the Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider publisher announced today as part of its latest earnings report.

"In response to the latest environmental changes in the game industry, the Group has implemented a change in its development policy, and conducted a comprehensive review on work-in-progress game titles," the company said in a statement.

As a result of this, Square Enix will book an loss on evaluation of content of approximately ¥1.6 billion ($16.3 million) as an "extraordinary loss." The company first announced this then-expected loss in March.

For the April-June quarter ended June 30, Square Enix's Digital Entertainment business posted net sales of ¥11.6 billion ($118.2 million). Sales of console games were "weak" due to no release of new major titles, the company said. At the same time, however, content for browsers and smartphones was "making smooth progress," Square Enix said.

Overall, Square Enix posted a loss of ¥493 million for quarter ($5.02 million), better than the ¥2.07 billion ($21.08 million) loss posted this time last year. Revenue for the quarter was ¥24.1 billion ($245 million), compared to ¥24.9 billion ($253.6 million) last year.

Of note, Square Enix's list of upcoming games (below) does not include 2014's Murdered: Soul Suspect. A Square Enix representative told GameSpot, "Murdered remains on track for a 2014 release. We have not announced a specific launch date yet. The list at the link below only includes titles shipping through March 2014."

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119 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Just make sure your FF titles are apart of this comprehensive review Square, cause in my opinion, your in-house developed games aren't better than the games you have published. Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs are definitely better than anything your in-house development has pumped out in ages.

liftplus5
liftplus5

okay now the games on those list won't sell a lot but i believe square will win back it's fan base next year and 2015 with kingdom hearts 3 and ff15 which imo has the opportunity to be the best final fantasy game also if the game sells amazingly which i think it will they said they'll remake ff7

tinigon89
tinigon89

Hope I can play FF XV before the end of 2014

Opayk
Opayk

I guess I shouldn't hold my breath for a western release for Drakengard 3 then?

Zloth2
Zloth2

!?  Saints Row 4?  I thought that was being published by Deep Silver??  Is Square/Enix doing the console side?

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

SQE is dead to mean after FF13 and what FF 15 look like... FF14 ARR is the only FF game that even resembles FF to me anymore, and sadly ARR is terrible too

bkohary
bkohary

So instead of making another Final Fantasy Tactics or Vagrant Story, they've made a spreadsheet.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

it breaks my heart that my favorite games of all time are made by SE and they won't revsit them and give them the love they deserve. FFVII? no. FF VIII? no. Parasite Eve? no. Chrono Trigger/Cross? no. Secret of Mana? no. FF:CC? no. 

On and on it goes and they would rather rerelease another MMO that won't sell (FF XIV) and overdevelop a ps3 era game into a ps4 game. What happened to you SE?

hadlee73
hadlee73

So the only one not listed is the new IP, which just happens to be the one I'm most intrigued with.

burgo81
burgo81

so kingdom hearts 3 is going to be a 2015 game

aboki808
aboki808

ouch that's a lot of remakes in that list....

jonb4play
jonb4play

everyone waiting on ff7 remake better buy ff10 when it comes out because they will be judging by those sales.

nurnberg
nurnberg

IMO Lightning Returns is the game that will make them the most money in those listed.  If they don't screw up the sales will be good.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

This company is doomed.They have great games but they suck at marketing and they make unnecessary investments.Like was there really that big of a need for them to hire Camilla Luddington to do the voice acting and the motion capture as well ? Couldn't they hire someone cheaper to do the motion capture ? 

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Square Enix need to do a review like this because they are losing money hand over fist.  The games by studios they bought, like Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman Absolution all did well, both critically and in terms of sales, but were not enough to make up for the huge losses incurred by their internal development studios.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

well Square nvr disappointed me this gen and i know it won't next i jst hope people stop gettin stuck in the past and move on srsly !!

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Well I like their games... I don't care for the Final Fantasy Series but some of my favourite games, these past couple years have been from Square Enix

  • Tomb Raider is excellent fun.
  • Sleeping Dogs is great fun too.
  • Hitman: Absolution is good but not amazingly so, although I prefer it to some of the other games I've played lately.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution is brilliant. 

I don't understand why people would want them to fail? They do make good games, far better than average games at that.

Unlike some other companies I could mention. ;)

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

Unrelated, but the headline got me thinking. Maybe game developers should hire individuals with game reviewing backgrounds to objectively, independently review the game internally as part of Quality assurance to insure the game is as good as it can be before release. That way there aren't any surprises when the game gets released and it's trashed by the community.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Action items from the review:

1. Cancel FF14.  Cut losses.

2. Cancel FF13-3.  Purge all memory of all FF13 characters from history.

3. Make Kingdom Hearts 3 properly.  Do NOT include FF13 characters.

4. Make TWEWY sequel.

5. Localize Drakengard 3.

6. Halt production of all shitty iOs and mobile games - which would be all of them.

7. Cancel all "HD rerelease" plans past FFX.

8. Make new RPGs with new IP that are NOT action RPGs.

9. Make a new Final Fantasy Tactics game on the main consoles, NOT a shitty handheld version.

10. Bring back Ogre Battle.  If Nintendo can do Fire Emblem vs Shin Megami Tensei, then how about you do Ogre Battle vs Final Fantasy Tactics?

11. Get Tri-Ace to wake up and make games again.

12. Localize FF Type 0.

13. Stop putting microtransactions and DLC into your games.

14.Stop forcing Eidos to make shitty mobile games and let them make a real Deus Ex game.

15. Stop blaming your other studios who make successful games for your shortcomings.

16. Localize Seiken 3 on virtual console.  Seriously, why the fuck haven't you ever localized this game?

Sushi-Y
Sushi-Y

@tsunami2311 Have you actually played ARR? I'd say it's a huge improvement over the first version. 

aboki808
aboki808

@bunchanumbers  there was a release parasite eve. it probably didn't meet their sells expectations though

soulless4now
soulless4now

@burgo81 I doubt it would be ready by then. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 remix still needs to get released before then. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@burgo81 It says only previously announced titles.  But yeah, I'd guess March 2015.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@jonb4play No they aren't.  They said they aren't making it and they aren't making it.

FFX isn't even a remake.  And they JUST ported FF7 to Steam.  If anything they'd be looking at sales of that.

gamespotgunners
gamespotgunners

@nurnberg I agree FFXIII sold 1.87 Million in Japan alone iirc and something like 5 million with the rest of the world included which was decent enough (those are only PS3 sales). With Xbox 360 sales included as far as  I can tell they sold 1.97 million worldwide on 360 bring the total between the two platforms up to about 7 Million. So overall probably will be the best seller with HD remakes, reboots and a new ip shortly thereafter (Mudered:soul suspect) its their biggest title going into the end of this fiscal year and the start of another.


Also forgot to say - additional costs are likely not incurred as the team are probably quite proficient with (Crystal tools?) by now.

ESB
ESB

@Avenger1324 Yep.  

Something must be awfully wrong with the way they conduct business.

aboki808
aboki808

@punksterdaddy those are not Square Enix original IPs. the problem is SE is having a problem with their own IPs and as a whole, dragging all its child companies with them.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@JOHN1486 What? Ask the customers before it goes out / is designed? insanity!

bkohary
bkohary

@Thanatos2k Like it!

A couple of points:

1 - I think it's too late now. Let's just see what happens. I like the setting over the modern settings. I hope it's good.

10 - There is a FF Tactics game out in Japan based on Ogre Battle, but I think Tactics Ogre and the original FFT are much better.

I'd like to add

17 - Make a sequel/successor to Vagrant Story

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Thanatos2k Not sure why they'd abandon the ios market. You're talking about a user base in the hundreds of millions. Also, HD collections are easy money in the bank. No reason to stop anytime soon. Come on, be realistic. I agree with you on some of your other points. They really need to bring back their IPs from the Playstation one days.

aboki808
aboki808

@Sushi-Y @tsunami2311 well, if you are comparing to the turd they released few years ago. I think sanrio online is a huge improvement.....

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Thanatos2k I hope they are - it was topping the chart on Steam.  Last Remnant was doing quite well, too - seems that game is pretty fun once the fanbase writes your documentation for you.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@ESB @Avenger1324 It's FF14.  It's all FF14.  They have lost so much money from it that they are desperately trying to shift around.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@Thanatos2kI disagree, I liked Lightning in ff13, one of the very few things I think they got right in the game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Xristophoros The Wii has a userbase of more people than the other consoles too.  But you've fallen for the beancounter trap.

Those hundred of millions of people?  They're not gamers.  They do not buy real games.  They buy 99 cent apps if they buy anything at all.  They don't even know what an RPG is.  Why make games for people who don't like games?  Additionally, you'll never see a mobile RPG be as good as one made for a real console or even a handheld - because they have controllers with buttons.  Stick to your strengths.  Ignore the garbage touchscreen and mobile market and nothing of value will be lost.


Those HD rereleases are such easy "money in the bank" that they've been spending years and tons of developer resources on them instead of making new games.  It needs to stop.  Every single Final Fantasy game doesn't need to be ported to every platform in existence.  Stop it and make something new.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@aboki808 @The_Last_Paladi oh no. third birthhday wasn't a sequel no matter what they say. It was a tech demo for the fighting system. They always did that with PE and they couldn't just let the game shine on its own. 

aboki808
aboki808

@tarutaru74 @aboki808 @jonb4play  that I can see happening, since on PCSX2 with max out settings the game looks really nice.  So would be minimum on cost for SE to remaster 12

aboki808
aboki808

@cjimrun well, I got good news for you. they are releasing final fantasy tactics S on mobile!

cjimrun
cjimrun

@Thanatos2k The Final Fantasy games were one of the reasons I bought an iphone.  Have finished I-III and am well into IV with plans for V and War of the Lions.