Square-Enix Siding With Microsoft?
During Microsoft's Xbox 360 RPG Premiere 2008 event in Tokyo - which is still going on - we have learned several things that will disappoint and potentially confuse PlayStation 3 owners.
Long-time supporters of Sony's PlayStation brand, it seemed clear earlier in this generation that Square-Enix would be looking to Microsoft's platform in an effort to embrace a wider audience of gamers. The first evidence of this was the announcement of The Last Remnant for multiple platforms, along with the unveiling of the 360 exclusive RPG, Infinite Undiscovery (developed by Tri-Ace; published by S-E). And now, more frustrating news for PS3 owners: the new Star Ocean next-gen entry has been officially titled, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, and it has been confirmed for release on the Xbox 360 next year. When asked by IGN if it would be coming to the PS3, Square-Enix producer Yoshinori Yamagishi said-
"We cannot announce anything on that. We can say that it will be released first [on the Xbox 360]. Whether well release it on the PS3 is undecided. We may release it, we may not."
Furthermore, guess what else is getting released first on the 360? That's right, The Last Remnant, which is scheduled for a winter launch on Microsoft's platform, and 360 owners are even getting the demo today on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Now, we know Square-Enix is looking to expand west as best they can, but if they want far-reaching success, wouldn't simple simultaneous worldwide releases be the order of the day? Of course, PS3 owners can still say the most important S-E games - Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII Versus - remain exclusive to their platform, but with this apparent new love affair between Square-Enix and Microsoft, who's to say that exclusivity will last...?
6/10/2008 Ben Dutka