When you think of Square Enix, what do you think of?
Exactly. Square Enix is (or should I say was) one of the best developers in the world. ( My blog , my opinion :P ).They were highly praised for thier creative teams and well known titles which is of course Final Fantasy, I mean, everybody knows Final Fantasy.You don't have to play the game to know the name. I admit, I was first a Kingdom Hearts fan. I remember my first glance at the box art. I was at K mart and I saw Kingdom Hearts on the shelf but my uncle told me that it was horrible and that I should get this one game where you play as this dog/human and sing/rap against this one dude :? That game was pretty bad. But once I did buy Kingdom Hearts I fell in love.
Okay we are getting of topic, lets get back to the main topic, and that is the fall of Square Enix. When I say fall, I mean by praise and ratings. How did they lose their crown in the gaming market? They annoucne 3 titles in 2006 and release one title 4 years later. They don't give a release date for the last 2 and keep on pushing those 2 titles. They keep on multitasking with games making 7 games at once. They ignore their fan base and shove in anything that would make them lots of money. Honestly, they became $*#(#$* greedy. Why Square Enix why!? Everyone is sort of greedy but you should atleast care for your fanbase. It was your fanbase that got you out of bankruptcy and you are ignoring them?
Tetsuya Nomura has to be the last hope for Square Enix. He is their thrumb card, without him , you wouldn't have the high praise for Final Fantasy 7, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Advent Children, and Versus 13, 13, Type-0 and practically every game thats in development over there.If you guys lose him then I think you guys will fall hard.
I still love square enix, they inspired me to become a artist and gives me inspiration. I was born a Square Enix fanboy and will defend you guys. But you guys have to snap out of it and get back on the horse. Release Versus 13 and stop delaying it! Stop forcing Tetsuya to develop other games, he needs to finish versus. And give us Kingdom Hearts 3 already, Tetsuya obviously wants to develop that game but he can't because of versus, and he can't finish versus because you guys keep pushing other games on him.
There are other studios that give me inspiration like Level- 5, Kojima, From Software, Naughty Dog, Bungie, Santa Monica, and Bleach gives me alot of inspiration as well. But you guys take the crown for the most, I don't want to take it away from you guys. Nothing gives me more excited then a Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts discussion. IMO, you guys are better then Bungie, Valve, Bioware, Visceral, DICE, Crytek, Kojima, etc by a mile. But for how long?
In the end we can blame it on....
Attaining a foothold on the western market. No, I don't mean the portage of FF13 to Xbox 360.
When I play a JRPG I want to play a game based on Japanese ideas, not Western ideas. Whats said is that Wada(President of Square Enix) plays as much Western games as he can ( MW2) and tells everyone at Square Enix about them and how they should implant it on their games.
So in honesty, blame it on -
MW2 ruined Killzone 3, Crysis 2, Homefront, Medal of Honor. :P