Square-Enix: Share And Share Alike
The company has experienced its fair share of mountains and valleys over the years, but nowadays, Square-Enix is healthier than ever. And their official position on the next generation doesn't reflect their traditional exclusive Sony loyalty.
The company's shares were selling for about 2,000 yen (approx. $17) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange before the PS2 was launched, but nowadays, they're going for around 3,000 yen (over $25). They can attribute much of their success to Sony during that time frame, but Square-Enix plans to distribute their products a bit more evenly this time around.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Square-Enix senior vice president Michihiro Sasaki had this to say-
"We don't want the PlayStation 3 to be the overwhelming loser, so we want to support them. But we don't want them to be the overwhelming winner either, so we can't support them too much."
It's a little vague, yes, but actions speak louder than words. Thus far, the company has committed two projects to each of the next-gen systems: Final Fantasy XI and Project Sylpheed for the Xbox 360, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers and Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors for the Wii, and Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the PS3.
While FF purists will note that Sony remains home to the "true" Final Fantasy franchise (i.e., Final Fantasy XIII), the article also reported that Sony hasn't officially decided on a platform for their Kingdom Hearts franchise. If the experts were to guess, however, they might predict either the PS3 or Wii.
9/26/2006 Ben Dutka