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#1 Tau

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:26 AM

More detail from Square president,
no more non-mainstream games allowed


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So you enjoyed The World Ends With You? Too bad. You won't be seeing anything remotely like it from Square-Enix anytime soon, according to company president Yoichi Wada, who recently issued an ultimatum to his staff: if any games are made that don't fit into the mainstream's circle of interest, job cuts will follow. So long, unique concepts that break the mold!

This was supposedly part of a heated business meeting in which Square discussed the results of their 2007 fiscal year, which were none too sunny, showing general profits down 20 percent and taking the worst of it in overseas sales.

Business is business, but I have to say my heart sank when I read those words. If Square was doing anything I was excited to see, it was things outside the Final Fantasy spectrum, but financial troubles like this certainly excise any hope of experimental titles in the future (at least until the numbers improve). I'm glad to see the giant falter a bit, if only in hopes that the results will push them towards a more focused future.


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...and so begins the low-risk future of the gaming industry. Prepare to see more cookie-cut games playing off the same tried-and-true formulas. Companies either can't afford to or won't chance many ideas that may flop.

Sad days...but I've expected it since before this generation started, where devs complained about the high cost of developing for this generation of consoles. The number of engineers and artists necessary make mean high costs...which mean less room for creativity (who can afford it?).

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#2 UPRC

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:28 AM

Great.. I guess this means we'll be seeing an influx of lame Final Fantasy games in the next year or so.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:28 AM

What the fuck man.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:31 AM

So what we've been seeing until now was Square... breaking the mold?

...

AH HA HA HA HA HA.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:41 AM

hahahahahahahahahahahaha

#6 Cardinal Ximenez

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:47 AM

This statement is particularly hilarious considering SE's track record for the past decade.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:14 PM

Fuck 'em.

Now let's see some more interesting developers like SUDA51 take charge.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:17 PM

i want more remakes
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:36 PM

Funny thing is those games outside of the "mainstream's circle of interest" as he put it were the only games I really cared about from Square Enix. Now that they're doing this I don't have any reason to pay attention to anything SE brings out.

Games like Parasite Eve, Einhander, Vagrant Story and Valkryie Profile were part of the non-mainstream side of the spectrum when they were released, that just shows you how stupid a move this is on SE's part.

#10 UPRC

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:38 PM

Games like Parasite Eve, Einhander, Vagrant Story and Valkryie Profile were part of the non-mainstream side of the spectrum when they were released, that just shows you how stupid a move this is on SE's part.


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Valkyrie Profile = One of my favourite games ever.


Good one, Square-Enix.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:39 PM

They haven't factored the BIGGEST factor in yet

piracy

"profits down" doesn't mean less sales because of mechanics. it could mean less sales because of piracy. But whatever.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:45 PM

Get ready.

FF 12-2
Final Fantasy 13 vs versus 2.

On a more serious note, I'm not surprised. I thought they've been doing this all along, but I guess not! Remakes seem to be their specialty these days.
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#13 baseball19225

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:56 PM

wow a real loss to Gamers every where
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:00 PM

No wonder they had a bad year. They are spitting out 500 Final Fantasy spin-off titles and people are starting to grow tired of it. I partially blame Enix though because Square seemed to spend more time making their games before they joined together.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:14 PM

I for one am glad about this announcement.  Square-Enix can now stop pretending to be creative and get down to the point.



No one should be outraged because of a company being COMPLETELY HONEST.



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#16 Aten

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:15 PM

I blame final fantasy 12
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#17 UPRC

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:19 PM

No one should be outraged because of a company being COMPLETELY HONEST.

Well, I don't think anyone is upset. The general consensus among everyone seems to be:

"LOL"

This is just so.. Weird! Even coming from Square-Enix, this news just does nothing but make you go, "Haha, what???"

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:44 PM

Doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

#19 Tau

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:48 PM

I blame final fantasy since 97..

    * Main Series
          o Final Fantasy VII
          o Final Fantasy VIII
          o Final Fantasy IX
          o Final Fantasy X
                + Final Fantasy X-2
                +Final Fantasy X-2 Job System?
          o Final Fantasy XI + 4 Expansions
          o Final Fantasy XII
                + Revenant Wings/Zodiac Job System
    * Cell Phone Games
          o Before Crisis: Final Fantasy
          o Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode
    * Tactics Series
          o Final Fantasy Tactics
          o Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
          o Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced 2
    * Crystal Chronicles Series
          o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
          o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
          o Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearer
    * Remakes
          o Final Fantasy Collection
          o Final Fantasy Anthology
          o Final Fantasy Chronicles
          o Final Fantasy Origins
          o Final Fantasy I & 2: Dawn of Souls
          o Final Fantasy III DS
          o Final Fantasy IV DS
          o Final Fantasy IV Advance
          o Final Fantasy V Advance
          o Final Fantasy VI Advance
          o Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions
    * Games Featuring Final Fantasy Characters
          o Ehrgeiz
          o Kingdom Hearts
          o Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
          o Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix
          o Kingdom Hearts II
          o Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix/+
    * Movies, Anime Series & Concerts
          o Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
          o Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Entire Series
          o Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
          o Final Fantasy: Dear Friends, Entire World Tour
          o Final Fantasy VII: Last Order

*Fixed*

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#20 Paranoia Dude

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 03:17 PM

This is sort of funny considering RPGs in general are doing very poorly outside Japan (Americans are more about blowing shit up and Europeans are more about, I don't know, same shit?) and those guys don't even seem to realize that the big price cuts are coming from those same regions.

I guess people are more and more drifting away from the senseless japanese bullshit and are getting more into sub-standard political commentary stories like Bioshock and Gears of War??
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