Square Enix has told game magazine publisher MCV that they're making redundancies to their offices in the United Kingdom and Europe. Occasion is the disappointing sales in North America and Europe that caused Yoichi Wada to step down. Games like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs has missed their targets, which were set very high by Square Enix.
We are reviewing our business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content and skills for the changing entertainment landscape.
We do expect changes to the UK office, which will affect personnel. We will update you when the time is right, but our priority right now is for the people within the business.
How much loss the company has suffered will be announced half May with the annual financial results.
In the last presentation of Nintendo Direct that was broadcasted yesterday Nintendo has announced that they have partnered together with Square Enix to release Bravely Default: Flying Fairy across the United States and Europe for the Nintendo 3DS.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is a classic RPG which features a job system (like Final Fantasy V). The game was received in Japan very well, but has not sold that well (around 320,000 copies).
The game will be released in Europe somewhere this year and in the United States in 2014.
The CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, has announced today that he will step down as CEO of Square Enix in late June. Yosuke Matsuda, the current Representative Director, will take his place as the new CEO. The reason for his demotion is most likely because of the forecast of 'extraordinary loss' due to slow sales of games in North America and Europe.
Yoichi Wada joined Square in April 2000 to become the new executive director and CFO in June 2000. After the merge with Enix he became the company's new President and Representative Director.
Yosuke Matsuda joined Square in October 2001 as Senior Vice President and also became General Manager of Accounting and Finance after the merge with Enix in April 2003. One year later he was promoted to Director and CFO.
There's a big scoop in this weeks issue of Famitsu. The magazine revealed that Drakengard 3 (in Japan known as Drag-on Dragoon 3) is currently in development for the PlayStation 3. Like the two previous Drakengard games that were released back in 2003 and 2005 on the PlayStation 2, this game will be an action RPG.
Zero, the female protagonist, is an Utautai, a person with the ability to manipulate magic through song. She has a jonger sister named One, however with the complete opposite ability and she doesn't get along well.
The game is developed by Access Games (Deadly Premonition) and is 60% complete. Square Enix brought togethers team members from Drakengard and Nier. Takamasa Shiba will be the producer while Yoko Taro is the creative director and scenario writer. Character design will be done by Kimihiko Fujisaka and Keiichi Okabe is the sound director.
Update: The official website is now live!
You already might know this probably: Yesterday Sony announced the PlayStation 4 on their press conference in New York that was available for live streaming. The console itself was not shown, but they did show the DualShock 4 controller which will feature a touchpad and a bunch of new games that are currently in development.
Square Enix also made its appearance at the press conference. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, chief technology officer at Square Enix Japan, showed the engine running on the PlayStation 4. It was the same tech demo as shown on the E3 previous year. After that Shinji Hashimoto took the floor and told that a new Final Fantasy game is in development for the PlayStation 4 and details will be announced at the E3.
If you want to watch the press conference, you can do so here. The PlayStation 4 is set for release this holiday.
While the sale for European fans ended previous Wednesday, the sale for North American fans has begon one day earlier. As part of the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series the following Final Fantasy games in the North American PlayStation Store are 50% off till 19 February.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP)
- Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy – Prologus (PSP)
- Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy (PSP)
- Final Fantasy (PSone)
- Final Fantasy II (PSone)
- Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection (PSP)
- Final Fantasy V (PSone)
- Final Fantasy VI (PSone)
- Final Fantasy VII (PSone)
- Final Fantasy VIII (PSone)
- Final Fantasy IX (PSone)
- Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (PSP)
It seems that Final Fantasy III (PSP) is not part of this sale. Crisis Core is still not available in the store.
Update: Don't buy this crap. It has nothing to do with Final Fantasy. Maybe one of the worst spinoffs ever. 25/100 on Metacritic.
Today Square Enix has announced (another) new Final Fantasy spinoff for iOS: Final Fantasy All The Bravest. This game makes use of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system that is used in Final Fantasy IV till IX.
Every character possesses an ATB gauge that displays the time remaining until that character can execute an action. When the gauge is full, simply tap or drag your finger over the character to attack. Touch multiple characters in quick succession to experience exhilarating and fast-paced battle unlike anything you’ve ever played before!
Once every three hours, the Fever option will appear. Once activated, you will be able to attack without waiting for ATB gauges to refill as long as the chocobo-themed music is playing. Deal as much damage as you can before the battle fever ends!
You can unlock up to 20 classic jobs like warrior and black mage, encounter classic enemies like Behemoth and Garland and listen to 30 songs from previous Final Fantasy games.
The game is now available on Apple iTunes for $3,99 USD. The in-game shop let you purchase 35 additional characters for $0.99 USD each (at random) and new worlds are $3,99 USD each. Total cost is a full retail game!
More information about the game on the official website.
Today, 25 years ago on 18 December 1987, the first game in the Final Fantasy series was released on the Nintendo Famicom in Japan. What maybe was the last game for the, at that tiime, small developer Square before they went bankrupt, became one of the best selling game franchises.
Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, took his inspiration from Dragon Quest (their big rival back then), The Legend of Zelda and Ultima to create a new fantasy RPG. Should it not have sold well, he would have quit the gaming industries and return to university.
Remember the (beautiful) tech demo Agni’s Philosophy that was shown during E3? Well, Square Enix released two new teasers with footage of the Luminous Studio engine when real-time editing a character. It seems Square Enix is aiming for photo realistic character creation.
Sorry for the fans that were thinking that a new Star Ocean game is coming, whiich is (sadly) not the case. The teaser site is for Star Galaxy, a massively multiplayer simulation browser game set in outer space. Up to 2,000 people can fight on one gigantic battlefield. Players act as a planet’s commander in chief by managing resources, infrastructure, and power sources. You can develop your base by adding buildings and secure resources by taking over other planets. A navigator character will help during the simulation parts and battles use cards that represent units. Cards can level up and gain new skills.
The closed beta of Star Galaxy will start on 20 December.