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Square-Enix Interview

   Square-Enix made its first announcement as a company today, with previous president of Square Youchi Wada leading the conversation. The most interesting of his comments was talk of a Kingdom Hearts sequel. The orginal game sold 1.5 million units in North America, 850,000 units in Japan, and 500,000 in Europe. Also, the Final Mix release brought in an additional 300,000 units in Japan. Wada proceeded to comment, "Although there are still some remaining negotiations with Disney on the matter, we will release a sequel to Kingdom Hearts and make it, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest into three pillars of the company."

   By pillars Wada simply means that the three series will serve as Square-Enix's main titles. With Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest already long running franchises, one would assume the company has plans to continue releasing games in the Kingdom Hearts series. Also, Wada comments that Square-Enix is open to any genre, but will continue to focus on its trademark story-driven RPGs. With that information, developing companies Tri-Ace for Star Ocean 3 and Level Five for Dragon Quest VIII will stay with Square-Enix.

   Stay tuned for more information.

4/1/2003 Matt Stensrud

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