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Square-Enix: Multiplatform Is Necessary

This new generation is seeing more multiplatform games than ever, and even staunch supporters of a particular console are forced to jump ship and produce their title for multiple platforms. And apparently, even the solid relationship between Sony and Square-Enix isn't beyond this new phenomenon.

The mega-publisher's Chief Executive, Yoichi Wada, recently spoke to the Financial Times and he said that his company will focus on multiplatform gaming in order to "reflect the diversity of the games market."

“In the old days, we could just focus on the PlayStation or the Game Boy, but the environment has changed completely,” said Wada. “There is a new breed of gamers in the market...and we have to make games for all kinds of people if it is to remain as successful as it has been."

Of course, this doesn't really come as a surprise to anyone, as their recently announced next-gen project, The Last Remnant, is being developed for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. They're also working on the next Dragon Quest installment (DQ IX) for the Nintendo DS. But Wada took things a step a further and hinted that Square-Enix would likely be producing games for less "technologically complex" machines.

“There are too many specs – and you also need a high-definition TV, a broadband connection and a deep knowledge of gaming – these consoles are mismatched to today’s environment," commented Wada. "In a year or two years they will fare better."

None of this means we'll see Final Fantasy XIII on multiple platforms, but it does mean Square-Enix won't be focusing so heavily on a Sony console as they have done in the past. We expected this, but it's still kinda depressing to see just about every third-party developer going multi. It's just the state of the market, though, and it's perfectly understandable from a business standpoint.

6/12/2007 Ben Dutka

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