Squaresoft Is Dead, So Just Accept It
I don't know why it took me so long to realize it. But the latest depressing news finally switched on the light bulb:
Squaresoft is dead. Square Enix isn't what Squaresoft became; it wasn't a metamorphosis or a transformation, it was a death and a new life.
We all have to stop comparing current Square Enix business practices and products to the Squaresoft that ruled gaming back in the late '90s. The world has changed, the industry has changed, and when Squaresoft and Enix came together, it was inevitable that the old Square would change. That's what I thought. But it wasn't a change, it was far worse; it was a replacement of ideas and ideals.
This makes things easier. This means we don't have to look back on the unbelievable Final Fantasy franchise in the PS1 days, and games like Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, Legend of Mana, Parasite Eve, and Xenogears and compare them to Square Enix games of today. It's not like comparing EA then and now. Obviously, we're talking about two entirely different companies, so why get all depressed? Squaresoft was amazing and Square Enix is okay with occasional flashes of brilliance. Brilliance that might be comparable to the unrelated Squaresoft.
Yes, I get that many of the same people are still around at S-E. I understand that. But they're hardly the "same people;" they could be aliens in human costumes but chances are, they just changed their entire approach and structure and hence, they left Squaresoft forever behind. So just leave the good ol' Square to history and memory, and we'll leave a bouquet of flowers on the tombstone. We loved you and we miss you.
11/28/2011 9:21:14 PM Ben Dutka