Square Enix delays Deus Ex, slashes forecast

Profits to be 92 percent lower than previously stated, need for "further polish" means Human Revolution will miss Q1 2011 window.

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Square Enix recently extended the free trial periods for players of Final Fantasy XIV on the PC indefinitely while apologising for the poor state of the game. The game's troubles have now been reflected in the company's financial forecasts. Today, the company revised its profit projections downwards by more than 90 percent for its current fiscal year, with projected sales and operating income also seeing sharp declines.

Deus Ex fans could be waiting for quite some time.

The Japanese publisher had originally forecast net income of ¥12 billion ($142 million, £91 million) for the year ending March 31, 2011, but it has now slashed that estimate to a mere ¥1 billion ($12 million, £8 million). This represents a decline of 92 percent, with sales projections dropping 19 percent.

As well as losing subscription revenues for Final Fantasy XIV, the company delayed the PS3 version of the game after instituting wholesale changes to the management team overseeing it. Square today confirmed that wasn't the only game being knocked off track, with Deus Ex: Human Revolution moving into the next fiscal year. It had been previously due out before the end of March.

This delay was "to spend additional time to further polish" the title, Square said. Talking to GameSpot, Square confirmed that the game was now due out before April 2012 but that no other release information was currently available.

The third installment in the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution will return to the franchise's roots in a number of ways. The game's story will be a prequel set in the year 2027, just as "human augmentation"--enhanced abilities through technological implants--is starting to enter wide use.

As for gameplay, developer Eidos Montreal has said it is attempting to "stay true to the original game," allowing players to choose their own approach to each level. Depending on the augmentations players choose, they can go through each part of the game with a focus on combat, stealth, hacking, or even social interactions.

For more on Deus Ex 3: Human Revolution, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview with the title.

Discussion

408 comments
P_R_E_Y
P_R_E_Y

@wbezuidenhout I completely agree with you... but sometimes the "b1tchers" can be correct, some games get delayed, yet the quality of the game hasn't entirely been improved. When a game is delayed it is never to make any MASSIVE changes, unless the company released a too optimistic release date and had to move it, otherwise their game will be no better than the origional pong. This Deus will come back in the new release date looking the exact same way it did, play the exact same it did, and feel the same way it did before the delay. The only thing that will be different will be far less glitches, more polish on sounds etc or maybe a bit more interacticty with objects. I can bet that after this delay Deus will look the exact same way it does now, the changes unknown to the player... If im wrong, good on Eidos, but i don't think i will be. on the topic, not fussed on the delay, there is plenty coming out to fill the gap

newkillerstar27
newkillerstar27

I don't mind this setback as long as we get a game that's on the level of the first Deus Ex.

church3209
church3209

stupid square enix. the one title i enjoy by them and they need to push it back. ugh. maybe they should have spent no time on the colossal failure that was FF14 and all of it on Deus Ex 3.

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

I just caught wind of this from G.I. I've been a Deus Ex fan since the first, and if you're a fan... it means you suffered through the near-intolerable attempt of a sequel! Come on Square, I just put my pre-order down!

JJFlash572
JJFlash572

Hmm.. I'm having Alpha Protocol flashbacks. I hope I'm just being paranoid, but with FF14, it's hard to be optimistic.

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

@harman26, and what happens when they release the game too early, unfinished and unpolished? You'll be right here again b1tching about the lack of quality and how you hate them for releasing a beta. I seriously don't get most gamers, on one hand there'll be tears and anger at a game released too soon, and on the other, when there's a delay (because they don't want the previously mentioned situation) they get the same reaction. If you are one of the people complaining about delays, I don't EVER want to see you b1tch about the quality of a game. If you do, you prove yourself to be a complete moron and hypocrite. PS - Square, take your time and DO IT RIGHT. I don't care if I wait another year as long as you use the time well. Take a page out of Blizzard's book, they don't give two sh1ts about delaying a game, and we all know the quality of the games coming out of their stables.

revanknight
revanknight

No worries. I'm going to order the first Deus Ex games to catch up on the hype.

Kirintar
Kirintar

Hope to god that this is some sort of fluke or bad info.

turdimus
turdimus

And yet, no where on Square's website, nor the Deus Ex website do they confirm or deny this, everything still indicates a March release.

live_experiment
live_experiment

Disappointing... still hoping for a good game though!

laplace985
laplace985

Damn, deus ex was my favorite game of all time and I am a hardcore gamer. I guess I'll switch my attention to mass effect instead.

smsmsmoosavi
smsmsmoosavi

کیرم دهن ننه اسکوئر انیکس

harman26
harman26

hey have you any brain ?? if you delayed the date every one will hate this game i have waited two years for this game now they again delayed wtf i have selled my bike for this game to pre order it but now f,,,,

JFHansen
JFHansen

Delays doesn't bother me much, unless we are talking Duke Nukem delays :)

Hkshinfug
Hkshinfug

I'd rather they delay the game and make sure it lives up to the Deus Ex name than rush to meet a deadline and present a half-baked disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I am mildly depressed at this news, but by all means Eidos-Montreal, take as long as you feel you need. A lot of people have put their confidence in you, myself included.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Seriously, google this story and you will find most sites are reporting this as 1, 2 or 3 months at the most. This article is alarmist and should be edited to reflect that. What would be the point of waiting til the next fiscal year if they would just push it back to the END of the next fiscal year.... thereby making the profits of this game very small for the next fiscal year.... which is the opposite of what they want to do.... This is simple economics... square saw that DE:HR was going to come out during a time when a lot of other big games are going to come out, so they decided to wait for a quiter time and buy some free publicity by delaying it, which is honestly a big side effect of the delay. Basically, they realized that they needed to milk DE:HR for all its worth. Soapbox disengage.

zaphodbblbrox
zaphodbblbrox

Side note, I'm going to take out my frustration by hating Final Fantasy XIV....

zaphodbblbrox
zaphodbblbrox

Duuuuuuude!!!!! why? ugh. This was my first big game of next year. Not anymore...

thanatosser
thanatosser

Its still vague, they say its been moved to the next fiscal year, well that begins this april... so they are saying its not coming before this coming april but will be out by the next. The financial year runs april to april, so really its not saying anything other than it wont come out before this april. DONT PANIC, theres time for the situation to change, so dont hang yourselves before we hear more.

brownba3
brownba3

Arghhh! another year! I had preordered it.... I went out and bought the 2 older games and replayed them last year... let's hope that not everyone moves their dates....

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

This is terrible! I was really looking forward to the new Dues Ex.

Deano
Deano

wow another year to wait at least, as a gamer you have to learn patience.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Man this SUCKS!!! I'm old school and have played the Deus Ex series since the first one on PC years ago. I honestly liked the second one too. The diversity in game-play for something like a FPS/RPG hybrid was way ahead of it's time compared to other games of it's type in it's day. I hope that new release is just a "possibility" and not set in stone. From the earlier footage shown and what I've found on other sites I would guess the game is pretty far along in actual development. Maybe they can still get it out before 2012. Let's hope!!! Also, a modern remake of FF3 would be seriously AWESOME :)

swyg
swyg

@Quezakolt You hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what has been happening with the gaming industry lately; an emphasis on trying to appeal strictly to certain demographics as opposed to making a game with heart and soul. There's far too much analysis on games and breaking them into parts like "oh well here's the great gameplay, here's the great story, here's the graphics, oh for the story we have to make everything seem clever and funny/ sarcastic etc, and for the gameplay it has to be extremely simple with not much depth so no one feels left out and so we can sell more". Considering how expensive game development has become, it makes sense that companies would think like this. Unfortunately though, I don't see this kind of mentality going away any time soon. You see, the more people that get involved in the gaming industry, the more people that have stakes in it and rely on it. They can only care about the money, because they put too much into it, so they wouldn't dare make games with soul. Too risky for them...

anthonycg
anthonycg

Another game delay. Shocking.....

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

this is s*** news!!!!

alert0
alert0

I think it's kinda moronic to hype the game nicely, show lots of good looking gameplay and then delay it by a year. Shows a severe disconnect between the Japanese SE heads and every other part of this game. They'd better not try anything revolutionary (aka stupid)......

feral_warrior
feral_warrior

Oh great, this better not end up another "Duke Nukem Forever" case.

Ajaycloud
Ajaycloud

@squallgunblade7 a ff8 remake would be cool too. i think ff7 just stands out for me because it was like the first rpg and final fantasy i played. But a remake of ff8 would be awesome aswell.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

I think that Square_Enix trying to spend too much money on making their games too much like western games when they could have saved allot more money by making anime style games and still had a big proffit. At least that is what my ture feelings are, considering many other western publishers are trying to spend so much on trying to make their games as real as possible that they are almost sending their developer teams broke. If 1 million copies sold is not enough to turn a proffit, then something must be wrong here.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I reckon Square and Enix should have remained seperate, for the simple reason that they had kind of ruined the Final Fantasy franchise. Squaresoft made the better games in the franchise, I reckon.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

They shouldn't have given an exact date. they should have just said 2011 when they announced it then it wouldn't be so bad when delays happen. I wonder how many games are going to be pushed back next year.........

solidine
solidine

MAAAAN! Why does this always happen? I swear companies just give release dates so they can push them back...

slainta
slainta

Why the British pound that nearly no one uses anymore and not the Euro? After all the GBP is tied to the EUR, not to the USD...

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

I feel that part of the decline of Japanese video games businesses is that people are less open-minded than they used to be- also the quality of the games per se is on decline because someone sold them the idea that they had to make games for a specific market, thus killing the biggest potential of Japanese video games - their soul, their art & their hearts. In general video games are in decline, also American & European video games. I believe because of strong markets and dominance of share-holder mentality, we live in a dark age. There are still gems to be found. You just have to follow your heart not the reviews or advertisements. That being said I plan to stick with my passion for Japanese video games because they still fascinate me, despite the huge drop in quality.

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@GravityDs id say the connection betweens squares decline since its merger has a lot more to do with the rest of the video game industry and the problems japan is having in general. Inafune from capcom said it best, the japanese developers are just out of touch, they dont know how to do story telling anymore. They script everything like it is an anime, except the japense dont like conclusions they like open endings. They also dont know how to structure things to be non linear.

Bigbudd0045
Bigbudd0045

@thelegendlives5 agreed. im not too stoked for this title so it needs to be an A title or i wont be buying it. @squallgunblade7 i like 8 better then 7 too, but no, ff7 and ff10 are the two most popular titles, not 8. Personally my favorite is still ff6..

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

In the name of quality, delay it as much as you want, just give us a quality product in the end :)

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@Ajaycloud i would prefer a ff8 remake over ff7 remake and if they ever did it it would be 8 since the japanese fans want it more than they want 7 remake and Japanese game devolopers are very loyal to their Japanese fanbase

DKant
DKant

I hope they do give it a nice spit and shine, in fact, LOTs of spit and shine. I am always scared when people try to do tributes or say they are staying true to the original etc. It's always easier said than done.

clqtte
clqtte

After FF13 SEnix seems to lost the direction for future games.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

I wont be buying now after Square Enix decided to leave us Supreme Commander 2 console players in the dark! Saying that i dont intend to buy anything with the signature of Square Enix on it!

00chaos8
00chaos8

wow really, 1 year I have to wait. I was sooo psyched for this game to come out. But on the other hand, take your time enix. More time spent on it, the better.;)

GravityDs
GravityDs

I'm gonna play the role of the skeptic here, and I also think Square and Enix were far better off as separate companies. If they were really smart about it they would have gotten the guys from ION Storm to make this game. Not only has square-enix gone down in quality since their solo days, they're financially not doing well, which means to me when they say "polish", that they haven't had the resources that a project like this demands, and that the game isn't that great at whatever part of development they're currently at. I really hope this game doesn't suck, and in all honesty if it's not as good as the first or better, it won't do that well. The first Deus Ex is so incredible it's beyond categorizing. It's is a god amongst games. Long Live HELIOS!!!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Take your time, just get it right, as nothing less than perfect will do.