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Wada: Square-Enix Preparing For The Big Industry Shift

The industry is changing faster than any of us might have expected, and Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada says that in another ten years, just about everything will be different.

According to MCVUK, Wada says he's preparing his company for the seemingly inevitable switch to digital distribution and server-based games. He says these next ten years will offer unrivaled market growth simply because the concept of a "console game" won't exist any longer; the traditional ideas will have been left behind. Interestingly enough, he says both Sony and Microsoft are prepared for this and third-party developers had best follow suit, or suffer the consequences. Said Wada:

"Somewhere around 2005 the console manufacturers’ strategy shifted. In the past the platform was hardware, but it has switched to the network. A time will come when the hardware isn’t even needed anymore. With that, any kind of terminal becomes a potential platform on which games can be played – that’s exponential growth in the potential of gaming. The potential size of the market is enormous."

For Square-Enix's part, Wada says they're focusing more on "social and browser games" and of course, they're keeping a close eye on the progress of Final Fantasy XIV. But you know, when FFXV is all set to arrive, you may not be asking whether or not it'll be available on "multiple consoles;" that's a question that, according to Wada, will be irrelevant at some point in the future.

11/26/2009 10:33:02 AM Ben Dutka

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