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Square-Enix: We're "Neutral" Concerning Platform Partners

Here's the evidence: Final Fantasy XIII announced for the Xbox 360, The Last Remnant debuting first on the 360, Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4 set to be 360 exclusives, etc. Now, most will see this and say, "hey, Square-Enix is siding with Microsoft!" But the publisher claims that is very much not the case.

According to a recent interview with Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada, he says the company is "neutral" in regards to dealing with publishers and platform partners. But then again, they do have a new focus (Wada himself spoke about it earlier this year) that centers on westward expansion, so we're not entirely sure if "neutral" is the correct word... Nevertheless, Wada's statements are as follows:

"We always consider the territory and hardware for titles, and I just want to make sure that we're neutral about dealing with companies In Japan we know that the Xbox 360 isn't really that strong yet, but for me I feel very calm about dealing with any company, and we're not partnering exclusively with any particular company. In North America Microsoft is doing very well with its hardware, and for that reason it's a very important partner for us."

All of this makes sense, but Wada elaborated further on the current state of the multiplatform generation. We all know that exclusive third-party titles are disappearing rapidly, and rather than fight it, it seems Square-Enix is just going to accept and embrace it.

"We're now in the age of the multi-platform, but depending on age and territory, users have different tastes," continued Wada. "Therefore it's very difficult to just deal with one company or one hardware platform - in order to offer our product to the vast majority of gamers we need to deal with multiple companies and platforms."

That's certainly true, but PS3 owners are all saying the same thing: give us some love, too!  Of course, we still get Final Fantasy Versus XIII as an exclusive, but if one looks at the evidence listed at the start of this article, it's hard to say Square-Enix isn't favoring Microsoft at this point in time.  But hey, it's a long generation, and there's plenty of time to produce more games.  Hence, we believe Wada, and we do expect to see significant S-E titles for all three major consoles over the next five years or so.


7/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 11:29:50 AM

Id laugh if they made Final Fantasy XIV exclusive for the Wii hehe...
but either happy with the way things are right now...i was never a fan of other S-E titles except for as long as i get it on PS3 i couldnt care less...although...i do wish microsoft dies a horrid fiery death and someone sticks a Wii-remote up Bill Gates's butt...but hey! thats just my opinion

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 11:44:19 AM

Wait, so you're saying you want Sony's biggest competitor to go away?

You prefer higher prices and lower quality products?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 11:36:31 AM

Bleh, they are just going to make a bunch of games for the 360 cuz they want the money from the americans. They'll have some here and there for PS3 AND 360...but i doubt they'll have much exclusives in comparison to the 360...timed hopefully

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 11:55:01 AM

It has become a plate of fluffy scrambled eggs... and a sausage thrown in for good measure!


"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:05:08 PM

Neutral ? or Ungrateful ?
Discussion Begins....NOW!

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Rhys Keyne
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:14:15 PM

I think ungrateful sums it up. Infinite Undiscovery AND Star Ocean 4?! I mean, most people hated 3 because of the fatigue, but that's no reason to completely take a crap on PS3 owners. There's gotta be some serious cash involved. I guess I gotta get SO1 for PSP now...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:18:30 PM

if they were really neutral, ps3 would be getting infinite undiscovery and Star Ocean 4, till then, thats a bunch of bullsh*t

I hope that doesnt make me sound bitter, its just that i would like to play those rpgs, i dont care if they put FF games multiconsole, but to be neutral, they should show some love to both major consoles,

Sure MS has sold more in the US but thats no reason to scoff at those who have purchased the ps3 sice the numbers are there and increasing

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 1:04:53 PM

I'm with you on that. As long as every game is multi, and we don't end up getting any 360 ports, then it's fine with me.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:38:44 PM

The PS3 problem is not the third-party company leaving the boat. The problem come from the MS game framework: XNA. Any kid on earth can use this framework to create home brews. So third-party hire newbies with knowledge of MS framework. It's cheaper to hire somebody with a base knowledge of a framework. Also, this framework can be used with managed code, so it's the 1/3 of the time to develop apps.

Sony need to hurry and develop an easy to use frameworks.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 8:44:01 PM

Not really, ps2 had a tough framework/development difficulty at first.

And look it now

It's a matter of companies taking ADVANTAGE of new programming system/capabilities of the ps3.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 3:10:46 PM

Thats bullcrap and they know it.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 3:27:15 PM

These guys are soo siding with MS, they say that they want to move westward, thats okay, but hey they are forgetting that there are ps3 and wii owners in the west! So if the were moving westward they would have made all those 360 exclusives multiplatform. All this they are saying is bull crap.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 4:13:02 PM

i get that square it's putting it's name out there especially in america but like europe and japan favor ps3 compared to 360. So i don't get why they make it exclusive to the ps3. but what pisses me off the most is that i have yet to play a square enix ps3 game and xbox 360 gets like how many 4 . That's bs, i don't care if its multiplatform, i just want to play an rpg on the ps3 and i'd expect one of the biggest rpg companies to deliver but no there's f***ing nothing out.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 4:43:15 PM

Basically he's saying - expect more major titles on the 360 and don't be surprised if they don't come out on the PS3 because we won't be doing what we did last generation which was support the PS2. Their way of saying "Of course we are "NOT" being paid by MS for the timed exclusives"- I'm sure the FFVII news will be related to that next month. Man I hope I'm wrong - but right now I'm skeptical until I DO see this "Neutrality" they are talking about. LOL

EDITING: I noticed a kid in here is DOWN voting anyone who doesn't believe the "Neutral" aspect of S-E... So I'm gonna UP vote anyone who does since that individual is just voting based on SIDE rather than quality of post. That kinda is irritating - this isn't Gamespot and I expect voters to vote based on quality of posts.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 6:56:41 PM

Absolutely. Please vote on the quality of the post...we'll root out the arbitrary "downers" eventually. ;)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 7:24:37 PM

I think it might also help if Sony got a little more aggressive when it comes to claiming third party exclusives.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 8:41:14 PM

This is a great opportunity for other companies like NIS and ATLUS to really take advantage of how Square-Enix is treating ps3 fans.

NIS seems to be taking that direction, and if their new ps3 rpg is really good, it could really sell well.

You'll see, in due time there'll be some companies which will take advantage of this.

This is actually a good thing if you ask me. ATLUS has always been a great producer of rpgs on Playstation but has always been overshadowed by Square-Enix.

Now they have a chance.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 9:19:53 PM

the only way to determine Square's neutrality is after the little party they're throwing.I may have said ' some stuff ' about the company in the past but who knows,they might give ps3 owners the ff 7 exclusive we're dying for.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 2:32:02 AM

Any 3rd party developer that doesn't cater to the owners of both hardcore systems (the Wii doesn't count) isn't maximizing their potential marketshare. It wouldn't bother me in the least if the planned 360 exclusives also went to the PS3 so long as the planned PS3 exclusives all also came to the 360.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 1:39:25 PM

well that just shows us where KH3 will be headed ._.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 11:04:09 PM

Still SE will be focusing on the local market (that is Japan and PS3) so ps3 will get the games first. But saying that, buy the time localization has been completed, 360 development would've caught up.

Though saying that, ps3 will have superior quality compared to the 360 due to HD content and audio. Thats why i think sony arent so bothered and why fans are running a muck. As it stands, mgs4 took up 50gig which is quite damn huge but allows for much more extras and full surround sound and everything. 9 gigs seems so little nowdays. >.>

GoW was the pinnacle of the 360 and i really dont see it getting much better than that. As it was, GoW lagged during 2 player battles.

Just wait till the final copys are released. Alot of people will most likely head towards the ps3 due to better visual and audio quality as the 360s would need to be heavily compressed (much like nintendo's) to fit on the dvd.

If ps3 the can churn out mgs4 this early in development, i would be scared of some of the games that will be released later on. Its like the ps2 lifecycle again. The only difference is that our jaws would be somewhere on the floor. And if ffxiii had the same transition as mgs4 from cutscene to gameplay, i would be in shock.

KH3 will be exclusive. It wouldnt feel right on a 360. As it is, i think ffxiii would feel awkward on a 360 as well. If you played ff7,8,10 or 12 on a ps then the chances are that you would want to play it on a ps3 as well. Like wise with nintendo ff games.
Its like turning up to outlaw bikie gang meeting with a japanese bike. It just wont feel right.

Anyway, thats my 2 cents

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