Square Enix profit spikes on Deus Ex sales

Publisher posts 115 percent hike in net income for April-Sept. period, thanks to Eidos Montreal's 2.18-million-unit-shipping title; revenue slides 15 percent.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution shipped two million units in the two weeks following its release in August, and that's just about where it remained throughout September. As part of its six-month earnings report today, Square Enix provided a brief update on its best-selling title for the April-September window, saying the Eidos Montreal-developed title shipped 2.18 million units during the period.

Square Enix hopes to further its Deus Ex gains with the Missing Link DLC.

Though Square Enix seemed pleased with Deus Ex's performance, the company's overall earnings for the first half of its fiscal year were mixed. Revenues continued their slide, with net sales for the April-September period falling 15 percent year-over-year to ¥57.516 billion ($735 million).

Profits, on the other hand, rebounded significantly. Reversing the massive income falloff from the first quarter, Square Enix said six-month profit was up 115 percent to ¥3.704 billion ($47 million). The company attributed these results to Deus Ex, as well as an increased return on Web, smartphone, and social-networking games and services.

Deus Ex wasn't the only title to have a respectable first half. Square Enix also said that the Obsidian Entertainment-developed Dungeon Siege III shipped 820,000 units through September, having launched on major platforms at the end of June. The Japan-only Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary package also shipped 350,000 units during the period.

In a statement, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said that the company is approaching this current fiscal period as a "rebuilding" year geared toward a proper recovery in the year ending March 31, 2013. One way Square Enix intends to do that is through a wide-scale creation of new properties. In its earnings report, the publisher indicated that it was "creating 10 major IPs."

Square Enix also prioritized digitizing its expansive back catalog, such as has been seen with the PlayStation Network's just-announced Winter of RPGs campaign.

Discussion

49 comments
swyg
swyg

It looks like they asked for this.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

@inaka_rob C'mon look at western pole: Assasin's Creed, which had 6-7 parts of the same gameplay and GoW franchise, that's only about mindless slaughter. There are still awesome japanese games out there: Bayonetta, Shadows of the Damned, etc. It doesn't matter what saying the most. Because most are just sitting on mindless shooter games like CoD and Battlefield.

GatxStrikeAegis
GatxStrikeAegis

Well SE, if u want to make $1 billion profit next year, just make (and release) FFversusXIII, KH3 and most importantly ANOTHER Chrono series..

jollybest1
jollybest1

I don't know DE HR was preaty good and I did play the first one, but it isn't because SE , it is Eidos baby...Next Hitman Absolution :D .............

cdog21
cdog21

@Shadow_Fire41 A JRPG with the open world and customization level of a western RPG seems like a cool idea.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

Square Enix, i have a idea. make a game thats a mixture of West and East, a JRPG with alot of Western elements. have Eidos help you make it, BAM! potential greatness.

Raxyman
Raxyman

All started when "Soft" changed to "Enix"...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lets face it DE:HR was a complete and utter letdown. The NPC's giant man hands alone was enough to toss this bastardization into the bargain bins...

istreakforfood
istreakforfood

Square has no one to blame but themselves. They mostly re-release their old games multiple times which is getting stale for most gamers who already own and played those games. I applaud Eidos for making an awesome game.

Kemutsemu
Kemutsemu

Now, imagine that they let Eidos Montreal actually finish the game, instead of making them cut a hub and outsource the boss fights. We'd have a better game, and they'd have marginally higher profits.

vinion2000
vinion2000

This is an example of how a company kill themselves. How can you move from making extremely good games to making nothing? Square-enix problem was that back in the mid-00's they tried to diversify and they did too much and made very little. remember Final Fantasy Spirits Within. Now the company famous for being genius now is famous for its mediocrity. Its sad because they are literally sitting on Gold Mines and they aren't COD gold mines but release enough games and they will return to a steady cash flow. The big budget game mentality is a dumb market model. i just dont understand what happened to the knowledge that we the "non-casual" community were more committed to purchasing games. did the market structure change and i wasn't told. in one year alone i bought 4 games at full price and they were diverse and im sure my peers did the same. So why rush a market that constantly needs a niche to make a profit when you have an old one that isnt gross but consistent. they are gambling with our entertainment hoping to win the public lottery. we all know what happens with lotteries.

MemberUnknown
MemberUnknown

Christmas has come early for Square Enix, after the sales of their other intellectual properties this is a God send. But when a Japanese company has to rely on a Western one such as Eidos Montreal to bail them out of financial problems, then that is just embarrassing. Square Enix actually made good gaming near the millennium, but now? Need I have to answer such a question? I bet Nintendo and Sony are laughing at their fellow man as most people are all over the world. But they can still bounce back with future well thought out Final Fantasy installments.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Once again I would like to point out that this is pretty obvious since square enix has put out mostly crap games the last year or so compared to what they use to put out many many years ago. Plus Desus Ex wasn't even finished yet thats why they put out a dlc you had to pay for to obtain the last of the game that was suppose to be in it. Square Enix has been losing lots of its luster in the last three years in my eyes...

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Kyrylo you ofcourse are entitled to think Japanese games are better, but the ENTIRE world agrees with me! all you have to do is look at sales numbers! Japense sales are going down ALL over the world and have been for 10 years. JRGs havent changed in 10 years. The only good japanese games coming out are the SAME frachises that are 15-20 years old like Resident evil and final fantasy. I love Resident evil, but serioulsy. 7 or 8 games. thats LOW compared street fighter, megaman, final fantasy. sure maybe they are still good, but really its just proof that they have no more orignalty. Why do you think big name creators are leaving compainies like Capcom. Becuase they can not stand to work for those compainies any more. More and more Japanese game makers are coming out and saying Japan is behind the time when it comes to game design. Most comapines dont care becuase their sales are fine in Japan, and they are fine keeping it that way. We are seeing HUGE markets in South America and Eastern Europe open up, and they are only buing western made games and consoles. When the 360 was pulled off the shevles in the Japan microsoft said it was no big deal becuase they are making so much more money in the new markets, japan doesnt even matter anymore. I love Japan. I live here. My wife is Japanese. I just think their games are stale and behind the times.

pakhair
pakhair

10 MAJOR IPS :o Whhhaaaatttt MY HEAD'S GONNA EXPLODE. [After Calmig Down] We only know about 4 thus far Tomb Raider, Hitman and Final Fantasy Versus and XIII-2, What are the others? Wish we see the return of Theif as it has been rumoured a lot lately

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

@inaka_rob Don't say it's bad if you don't like them. Western games in my eyes will always be behind japan. No matter what they do, they never achieve moody gameplay of japan games.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

that is becusae it isnt a japanese game!!!! Japanese games, while a few people still like them, are 10 years behind modern games. sure there are a couple good ones out there that sell well like Street Fighter. but what version are they on? close to 20 or 30.... No kidding. How many versions of JUST SF4 do they have? 3 or 4? M v C 3 the 3rd version is coming out. then take all the old, turbo, tourny, super editions. Its capcom milking ONE game, adding some new charcters, and mixing it will marvel or snk or tekken. Its still street fighter number 105 in my eyes.

jamoliso
jamoliso

they should make twewy 2

toddx77
toddx77

@Spacerac I would get it for pc.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Deus Ex is great, but bring back Eidos "Anachronox" or "Thief" :(

Spacerac
Spacerac

Still trying to decide wether to buy for PC or PS3. Before the choice was obvious because I had a computer from 2005, and then no computer at all for a few months because that one died, but now I have a powerful computer... On one hand the PS3 is familiar to me and I don't own any PC games. On the other hand the game is obviously a PC game. Choices, choices...

siarhei
siarhei

Deus Ex sequel. Yay.

toddx77
toddx77

SE is going to make even more money this winter when final fantasy v, vi, and chrono cross come out on the psn and ffx on ps3 next year. Also lets hope they get the hint and realize we want more JRPG's like that.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I hope they use the (Deus) Ex-tra money to make other great games or even a sequel to Human Revolution, that's just as good/better than it.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

I love Eidos Montreal (and Valve too!) two best game companies.

franzito
franzito

The game industry really knows how to overcome losses in a floating market.

Barighm
Barighm

10 new Square IP's? Yowzers! Looking very good, Square. Way to learn your lesson.

subzero300
subzero300

Its good to know that the incredibly talented people of Eidos Montreal are benefiting from their hard work on such a mesmerizing game. Looking forward to Tomb Raider :-)

kupo1705
kupo1705

I really like SE as a publisher. They let developers do what they want with their games. Unlike some big publishers out there... Yes, I'm looking at you EA and Activision.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

They did earn this. I think it's great they're having success with IP's that don't have the word "Final" in it. I'm all for them rediscovering Final Fantasy, but I think they need to let it take a backseat for a while so some not only fresh, but good ideas can develop for the franchise.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Eidos Montreal is making Thief 4, it's in the good hands! Maybe we'll see another Deus Ex game before it, it'd be awesome but not probable.

RussianMeatClob
RussianMeatClob

The Deus Ex Series for the most part was always amazing. I hope it will always stay as such.

Shadow4020
Shadow4020

Kingdom. Hearts. 3. That should help profits.

Jpsyence
Jpsyence

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187umKILLAH
187umKILLAH

Deus Ex = Best game released so far this year, for me anyway

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Good, and more people need to get the game. Seriously, this should be ranking up there as GOTY. But the sales are nice and solid, which is good. Really, I don't care much about Square's finances, especially considering both Deus Ex and Dungeon Siege weren't actually made by them. I DO hope that these sales figures translate into another Deus Ex sequel, because we really don't have enough of these kinds of games out there.

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

You know, I really don't give a piss about Square Enix's financial situation. If they're not doing so hot, they're retarded. They need to do ONE thing to get out of financial trouble forever. MAKE KINGDOM HEARTS 3

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

How ironic it must be for Square Enix to realize that the company's saving grace is a western developed game. I hope this serves as example to Yoichi Wada on how to properly develop games in the future after the debacle that FF XIII and XIV were. I like the idea of new IPs, they need to expand to more genres beyond that of JRPGs.

G1Ga-B1T3
G1Ga-B1T3

Too bad Square can take no credit in actually making a good game. They had to absorb Eidos to be able to come out and say "We actually published a good game". Good job to the folks at Eidos Montreal for an exceptional job with Deus Ex! Hope this means it won't be another 10 years before we get another one.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Deus Ex was a surprise hit for me coming from the SE camp. Lately their last few games that came out from them were just total letdowns/turds. I hope SE uses this as a springboard to right their ship. I followed them faithfully back in FF and DW days of NES. Now whenever I heard a game being released from them, I shudder... I do believe that SE can release a good NON-FF game, but I hope they don't forget their origins and abandon what made SE into SE in the first place.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'd like to see a PC release on FFXIII. The engine's already done for PC since it's also used on FFXIV (although that's getting a new engine). Overall, developing new IPs is exactly what SE needs to do to turn it around. I just hope they're proper globally focused new IPs, playing it safe with Japan only PSP games has not reaped long term benefits for any of the companies that have done that.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Good game does well. Company that published it makes lot's of money. How is this news?

pokecharm
pokecharm

loved Deus Ex despite its flaws :)

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

want to boost ur sales a 100 miles in the future release versus 13 and kh3 along with required remakes and viola sales skyrockettin ;)

ziproy
ziproy

I'm noticing a theme when it comes to these reports. Just about every company is suffering losses, and that's not good

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Now that you've seen how well Deus Ex did, how about PC versions of your FF games?