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Square-Enix Intends To Acquire Tecmo

When Squaresoft and Enix merged, many RPG fans figured they had just created a role-playing juggernaut, simply based on the stellar history of the two publishers. But many will argue that Squaresoft's games were better than Square-Enix's games (with the exception of a few FF titles), so how will things change when the veteran game maker acquires Tecmo?

Yes, you read that correctly. According to Kotaku, Square-Enix will soon be outlining their plans "for a friendly takeover" of Tecmo, who has been struggling in the industry recently. Square-Enix and names like "Ninja Gaiden" or "Dead or Alive" may not gel in your mind, but you're gonna have to get used to it, because this move will certainly benefit both parties. Square-Enix wants to continue to open themselves up to the ever-widening Western games market, and Tecmo - quite frankly - needs some help. By the way, in case some of you are forgetting your history, Square-Enix also acquired Taito back in 2005, although that deal didn't get anywhere near as much press as the Squaresoft/Enix merger. If and when Square-Enix puts Tecmo under their umbrella, that will add diversity to the publisher's lineup, and Tecmo can feel better about their business future.

We'll have to keep an eye on the proceedings as time goes on, and if this goes through, we'll be sure to let you know about it. Square-Enix and Tecmo could be a match made in heaven; you never know.

8/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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ActionJackson
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 9:58:05 PM
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Wow, I wasn't expecting that. I hope this turns out well.

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Laguna
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 9:58:30 PM
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OH MY GODDD YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jed
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 10:06:19 PM
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This will be very interesting. I cant wait to see what they come up with.

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The_Chimeran
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 10:07:14 PM
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Yeah, yeah expanding expanding expanding. Right now Square is shanking ps3 owners and last I recall Tecmo doesn't make rpg's.
On a brighter note, good for tecmo if they choose to merge. I'll be excited for Square-tech-Enix or Mo-Square-Enix publishing ffv13 :).
Do I get a cookie for creativity?

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ActionJackson
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 11:19:15 PM

The new merger shall be called Squixmo.

No, srsly. :p

Last edited by ActionJackson on 8/28/2008 11:19:30 PM

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Scarecrow
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 10:49:30 PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Look at what happened to Enix....

God, don't accept this Namco!

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 6:37:05 PM

Uh, its Tecmo, not namco.

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karneli lll
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 11:22:35 PM
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n the EA virus has started spreading...

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SpinningBeat
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 11:49:32 PM
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Haha FF14 With doa breast physics.

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AceTatsujin
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 1:19:41 AM
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square-enix ....... is old now. Can we hear more about Level 5? Jeanne d'Arc (psp) is a freaking awesome game. i can't wait for White Knight Chronicles. Level 5 are my new heros.

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Advent Child
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 2:10:55 AM
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All I can say is Square no longer has much of my respect so I don't really see this as a good thing. Square-Enix is my new Electronic Arts.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 3:37:57 AM
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ugh i miss Squaresoft. ( Though FFVII Crisis Core was a thrill.)

What good games have Temco even made?, Ninja Gaiden. Dead or Alive is a flat fighting game with lame characters, thats all i can think of.

Ooh and Star Ocean III was great.I use hate the look of anime but i enjoyed that game.

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firehahahahaha
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 4:50:02 AM
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Wow and here I always thought I was the only person who prefered Squaresoft over Square-Enix

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AscientDire
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 8:43:31 AM
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I really preferred soft over enix. I'm just skeptical about how any new games from this company will turn out. Some companies go down the drains for a reason. Acquiring them just means that now you have all of those lame developers working for YOU, lol.

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Laguna
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 1:49:12 PM
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Squaresoft is 100x better than Square enix.

They havent made a quality game since the merge

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 6:42:11 PM

FF VII Crisis Core, FF XII, Kingdom Hearts 2. I think they've done pretty good so far.

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 6:40:51 PM
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Tecmo isnt my favorite company. Especially since their main guy pretty much called Heavenly Sword crap. I did like Ninja Gaiden Sigma, though.

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eLLeJuss
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 9:18:16 PM
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LoL.. i remember playing monster rancher a few years ago.. tecmo made MR right?

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Mystearica
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 1:44:16 PM
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I agree - soft >>>> S-E

Sounds funny when you think about it - but it may turn out good. What scares me now is Tecmo likes the 360 and S-E is leaning towards the 360.........................................................

Yeah I'm blanking out.... so how will this work out for the next gen games? So yes I AM WORRIED if this deal goes through


PS. Have you guys ever seen "Dead Fantasy" on Youtube - combining FF chicks vs DoA chicks in an awesome CG style fighting on Youtube? Talk about coincidence.

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BigBoss4ever
Sunday, August 31, 2008 @ 2:30:44 PM
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Tecmo has some great games like Ninja Gaiden series, DOA series, Fatal Frame series, its game normally give a dark side feeling of the games, it is quite complementary to Square_Enix's game feeling. Also Tecmo was one of the oldest major Japanese video game company, can dated back to the original NES ninja gaiden trilogy. their addition to Square_enix will be great and if they can still maintain their game style after the merge, it will definitely adds variety (the dark, mysterious feeling) to the Square-enix world.

Also, I agree with several comments here, Squqresoft is way better Square_Enix. Squaresoft is so perfectionist in terms of making a game, so many great games were made. On the other hand, square-enix is more commercialized and business oriented, and they think marketing and win over more audience, which in certain way has to compromise the game quality cuz the re-direct of the attention and focus.

The simple truth is, in order to make a game to the perfectionist level, the director has to ignore some of the political, marketing, or commercial elements, simply focus on the pure idealology of the game. Hideo Kojima is best example, he will never put his game to Xbox world, and he will never compromise his game quality or ideology just to fit the taste of everyone. He only use his game to express specificlly what he wants to express, and that makes him perfectionist, hence that spirit resonated by millions of true gamers around the world and won the respect.

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BigBoss4ever
Sunday, August 31, 2008 @ 3:52:07 PM
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Honestly, no RPG made by Square-Enix ever surpassed those of Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, which were all made by Squaresoft, NOT Square Enix. Reason is simple: Squaresoft was not as commercialized as Square_Enix for business purposes, period.

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