Bravely Default's Success Making Square Enix Think Twice
We at PSXE have been saying for years that Square Enix has a seriously messed-up view of the gaming industry and their loyal fanbase.
And it may have taken way too long, but perhaps the recent success of a JRPG in Western territories has finally allowed the once-great Squaresoft to see the light.
A tipster sent us a link to an article at VentureBeat, and it cites the financial success of Bravely Default, the acclaimed 3DS RPG. The game sold 400,000 copies in Japan and managed to sell over 600,000 in the rest of the world, bringing the total to 1 million sold. With this success, it seems Square Enix is rethinking things.
Here's what company president Yosuke Matsuda had to say in a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei:
"In the past, when we developed console games with a worldwide premise, and we lost our focus. And not only did [those releases] end up being games that weren’t for the Japanese, but they ended up being incomplete titles that weren’t even fit for a global audience."
Interestingly, the latest Final Fantasy iteration - Lightning Returns - had a much bigger budget and the legendary name, and it only performed on par with Bravely Default. This has turned out to be quite the revelation for Matsuda and company, especially after each of the previous three FF titles declined steeply in the sales and acclaim categories. Added Matsuda:
"On the other hand, there are games like the JRPG [Bravely Default that] we made for the Japanese audience with the proper [and familiar] elements. [That] ended up selling well around the world."
Could they finally be waking up? Well, based on what we've heard so far concerning Final Fantasy XV, I'd have to say "no." Guess we'll have to wait and see, though.
7/28/2014 9:01:30 PM Ben Dutka