The current state of FFXIV and Square Enix's plans for future Dragon Quest games

Square Enix says Final Fantasy XIV surpasses Final Fantasy XI, other online games are going F2P, and Dragon Quest is going mobile.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix's reboot of their MMO franchise, has already surpassed the company's previous entry in the series, Final Fantasy XI. With over 600,000 active subscribers, FFXIV has more active players than FFXI did at its peak.

This information came from Square's online financial results briefing, posted earlier today. In the document, Square also outlines their plans for other online games as well as the future of the Dragon Quest franchise.

For online-based titles, such as the in-development Nosgoth, the plan is to "transform the fixed-price model into variable earning models." In plain terms, that means shifting to free-to-play, although it's unclear if this initiative would affect the Final Fantasy MMO franchises.

Another slide in the document also clarifies that domestic studios (in Japan) will focus on "titles for smart devices" while overseas studios will shift to "production of online-based titles."

Included in those smart device titles will be sequels to games in the Dragon Quest series, Final Fantasy Agito, and "many other popular products." The document says Dragon Quest X, a currently Japan-only MMO, "will appear on the 'd-game' platform as a cloud game for smart devices." There are no specific plans laid out for Western releases.

We've reached out to Square Enix for further comment and will update this story when we have more detailed information.

Discussion

139 comments
BFKZ
BFKZ

I need a new jrpg for xbox goddamn!! something from namco bandai or atlus...gimme a break, jeeeeez louiiiiiiiize..

Seymour47
Seymour47

My breakfast this morning surpasses FFXI on every level. 

frylock1987
frylock1987

So....Square wants to kill ARR by going F2P at some point?

I can imagine all of those adds trying to sell you in game stuff you gotta constantly turn off every time you sign in on the screen now.

crognalsen
crognalsen

I used to love the Dragon Warrior games.  It would be great if they made a new single player Dragon Quest game on PS4 and PC.  I'm not a big fan of the Final Fantasy games anymore.  They seemed to be more like Dark Souls style graphics in idea (though not so good obviously as it was 2D).

Sour_Wafflez
Sour_Wafflez

Man I want DQ and KH on Vita, and Terry's Wonderland on 3DS. 

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

I found A Realm Reborn to be an incredibly good MMO, albeit devoid of any real innovating features. Still, it's so amazingly executed that I can't fathom how the original FFXIV could be effed up so badly.

varmintx
varmintx

Man, every comment is someone whining.  And now I'm whining about the whining.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

Still haven't done anything to top IX for about 13 years and counting, pathetic.

Markey010
Markey010

What happened to Square Soft I used to know =[

thezhe
thezhe

so you want to destroy dragon quest huh?

Moonco
Moonco

Oh, how the mighty have fallen

blast880
blast880

I want a game like DQ8 on the ps4... Make it happen SE!!

pszone
pszone

Last time said they should do free to play gaanes and come true. Anyways have people on here know new FF game   what shown be on next gen what isn't free to play. but shoud know this how them to make money anyways.

blackace
blackace

SquareEnix you suck. No Dragon Quest X for Western countries? That really sucks. I'm still playing DQ IV & V. I was hoping we would have DQX by now and now they aren't even bringing it to the states. They wonder why their Wii U sales are in the toilet.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

Well it's not looking very good for us DQ gamers, like many others my favorite DQ game is #8 on the PS2. I didn't mine the DS releases but I have been really looking forward to another console DQ game. Sadly that's not going to happen, heck will be lucky if we get the DQ 7 3DS game at this rate. SE use to be the best, but now their looking very poor and irrelevant to many old customers. I want to be a fan again but it's just not going to happen with news like this.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Hmmm I don't like what I'm reading here.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

The bad, sad and scary part is that this kind of mentality is becoming the norm in this industry.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Anyone knows if they made profits?  I don't really understand that financial report.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

seems like square wants jrpgs to die out on consoles (with the exception of ffxv) based on their plans involving their biggest properties.

mrbusterwolf
mrbusterwolf

I own a badass smartphone and I have never, and will never play videogames on it. If DQX is exclusive to that platform then I am not buying it, ever. I can simply do without. I used to love Square but damn they do some dumb shit nowadays.

kbaily
kbaily

@BFKZ Xbox has to sell in Japan to get JRPGs, so you'll be waiting a while.

prats93
prats93

@BFKZ For the Xbox? Lmao. PS and 3DS are the true JRPG consoles.
 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Lionheart8472 While I won't say that the combat in FF11 was necessarily better than FF14, I'll definitely say that it was more rewarding and satisfying. I'm glad that FF14's combat has a faster pace but it also feels sort of thin and cheap compared to FF11's. I do prefer 14's world though.

swyg
swyg

@LittleMac19 And yet no one else has either...so no it's not pathetic.

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

@Markey010 But you didn't have to CUUUUTTTT SOFT OOOOFFF!! Collected Enix now your GAAMMES they really are NOTHIN'!! 



I err.. don't know where that came from. 

justinhaywald
justinhaywald staff

@nurnberg Not as high as some previous years, but revenue for Square Enix is up slightly this quarter.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@KimCheeWarriorX  Jrpgs on console is dying outside japan , people rather play those shooters I guess

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@LowTechGeek @Evil_Sidekick I wouldn't count on it. With the "casual gamer" being the majority now, the market is largely decided by them. As such, I expect to see a continued shift to F2P, microtransactions, non-gaming services, and a shift away from retail releases altogether to become the status quo.

I thought I'd be a gamer my whole life but...I really don't like where the industry is headed.

neroist
neroist

@sakaixx Well we are starting to see Xseed and Atlus games on Steam. JRPGs just may see a rebirth on PC. 

Especially since SteamOS is coming out and uses OpenGL same as Sony. So porting will be easier and no need for total recompiling to run DirectX on Windows.

KenshinXSlayer
KenshinXSlayer

@LowTechGeek @KenshinXSlayer @digitaltiger Oh, I know what you meant. It's just the "Warm, fuzzy feeling" of the 90's with Square, don't resonate with what they've released in the past few years. I've enjoyed what games they've released this gen, but it doesn't hold a candle to their classics from the Playstation 1.

LowTechGeek
LowTechGeek

@KenshinXSlayer @LowTechGeek @digitaltiger Well, first off, games take longer to make these days. Second, the only SQUARE / Squaresoft / Square EA / Square-Enix games that I bought and followed with a passion were DQ and FF until XIII. But what I meant by my comment was that CDPR's games give me the same warm, fuzzy feeling that SQUARE's games used to give.

neroist
neroist

@mav_destroyer No, Steam has said that there will be indies that only run on the SteamOS. It's a Linux distribution and has nothing to do with Windows.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

@neroist @sakaixx Anything that runs on Steam OS will also have to run on a regular steam client on PC, so they still have to do all the porting for Windows.