Publishers in the best shape:
Assassins Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Rayman, The Division, tons of talent, successful advertising campaigns. However i hate Uplay, they are making alot of their games online only, and i hate the way they annually release games like Assassins Creed.
They could live off of steam easily, but their games are usually very successful as well, SteamOS and Controller are very interesting, there's no real flaw for Valve other than the fact that they wont make a certain game that everyone seems to want.
Playstation 4 doesnt have any glaring flaws like the PS3 did and its competition has made huge mistakes with their own consoles. Sonys first party is stronger than its ever been, they are priced 100 dollars cheaper than Xbox, and they have a very good reputation amongst gamers right now.
Publishers in the worst shape:
Square Enix is a borderline disaster right now, they have terrible leadership and things are going to get worse before it gets better. Square Enix owns powerful IPs such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, Deus Ex, Hitman, Tomb Raider, etc etc, they have hundreds and hundreds of very talented developers and their focus is on mobile games (Which are overpriced, have microtransactions....and are generally shovelware).
If this company were run by Shuhei Yoshida they would be a juggernaut publisher, but with their current leadership they are just kind of sitting around and hoping that their mobile games will take off. Final Fantasy XV looks amazing but i fear for the future of that franchise.
EA reputation is awful and for good reason. They've run several excellent franchises (And developers) into the ground, they wont greenlight a game unless it has some kind of online element, i hate the way they use DLC, Origin is a nuisance.
However they do have seem to properly fund their games and they have their engines ready for next gen.
The EA of Japan? Their biggest franchises have no identity, Resident Evil is a horror franchise trying to be an action game, they still sell well but their metacritic scores are way down. The new Devil May Cry was highly rated but it wasnt what their fans wanted, they wont make a Megaman game, they are turning games like Breathe of Fire into Smart phone games.
I will give them credit for their new engine though, it's pretty impressive.
What do you guys think?