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Square-Enix Is Neutral, Doesn't Have A "Favorite Console"

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Square-Enix says they have no personal preference when it comes to consoles. Sometimes, it just takes a little longer to get acquainted with one (in this case, the PlayStation 3).

According to Videogamer.com, Square-Enix's Hiroshi Takai reinforced the company's commitment to develop games on multiple platforms, although he did add that creating a game on the Xbox 360 was "easy" and the team "had quite a lot of fun with it." As most of you know, The Last Remnant will first appear on the 360 and then go to the PS3 at a later date. Combine this with the fact that Infinite Undiscovery has already been a 360 exclusive, and that the upcoming Star Ocean: The Last Hope is supposed to be exclusive to Microsoft's console...and it's tough to say the once-loyal PlayStation developer hasn't gravitated in another direction this generation. Remnant, which releases this week on the 360 but still has an unknown PS3 date, is a good example of said gravitation, but Square-Enix maintains their neutrality. Said Takai:

"If there's something that a particular platform can do that the game really needs to take advantage of then it may end up being an exclusive title, but otherwise the producers or the development teams don't have a particular favourite platform, so there isn't really anything to stop us from just going multiplatform in the future."

So there you have it. The only question we have is this- what can the 360 do that the PS3 can't when it comes to the new Star Ocean? The previous quote implies they would only go exclusive if one platform has the edge over another for a particular project, so... Because we get the sneaking suspicion that the 360 has nothing over the PS3 when it comes to making that game; how different is it from something like Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is a PS3 exclusive? Hmm...

11/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

coolistic
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:44:30 AM
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That company is a joke.

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Craigo
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:47:19 AM
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If you put in the time with the PS3, it seems you get the rewards. Example: Killzone 2, Motorstorm, R2, LBP, GT5P and so on...
Its easy to create a game on the 360 because it was out first.

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EddPm6
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:15:45 PM

its actually alot easier for devs to make games on the 360 because the architecture of the processors are the same as................everything. its almost the same as working with a pc. the cell architecture is new and thats why alot of devs had problems is because it was something that they had never come across. but im sure most of you know this.

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AntDC
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 6:42:57 PM

Why has someone thumbed down EddPm6? He's right.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:52:32 AM
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Microsoft pays them for exclusive games. Japanese can't develop next gen games they don't have manpower for it. But jrpg are gay. ooh look at me im a 3 year old lesbian who fight goblins with a massive sword.

Team ico are the best japanese developers hands down.

Last edited by FLYING_APE on 11/17/2008 10:54:32 AM

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the_importer
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:41:44 AM

Got any proof to back that up? No, didn't think so. SquareEnix is making games for the console with the most install based that can handle their games, that's the 360 in NA (Japan is no longer the king when it comes to console sales).

Also, kind of ironic to state that M$ is paying for releases when SONY once bought SquareEnix shares in order to secure the exclusive for the PlayStation brand.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:04:40 PM

BEN DUTKA, im a bit out there lol but i speak truth. Star ocean, the last remnant (timed exclusive) infinite undiscovery. Microsoft is buying exclusives to boost japanese xbox sales. Japanese don't have man power to make big games. MGS4, FF13, resident evil 5 has big japanese team. Why ban me for saying that.

look at sony interviews from jack trenton he hints Microsoft are buying exclusives everyone knows it. Microsoft wants to be number 1 they don't care about profit

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aqwabawks
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:45:36 PM

Hrmmm... I thought Sony bought shares in Squaresoft/Square Enix because Final Fantasy The Spirits Within tanked so much and did a lot of significant financial damage to Square.

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the_importer
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 5:37:25 PM

@aqwabawks

SONY didn't buy shares to help Square during difficult times because they were buddies, this was the perfect occasion to make sure that the FF franshise wouldn't end up on the competitor's console.

Unlike popular believes, Square didn't leave Nintendo because of some super uber deal with SONY, they left because they were ready to explore the the CD-ROM format and never went with SEGA because, well they never liked SEGA.

When Nintendo decided to go with a disk format and M$ entered the market, of course Square wanted a piece of that pie, they were just stuck SONY in the way. Square is now more multiplatform than they ever were, which is nice.

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Strife
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:05:37 AM
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I used t think highly of squaresoft........but now they're a disappointment, they have turned their back on the faithful PS crowd and i wish we could do the same to them.

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the_importer
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:37:39 AM

So it's not OK for Square to part ways with SONY but is was OK for them to leave Nintendo after the 16bits war?

How do you justify this?

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NEWCL0UD
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:29:45 PM

this isnt as bad as the jump from nintendo to sony we are still getting games from SE and an exclusive that could possibly be better then all of SE exclusives on 360 which is final fantasy versus 13

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:30:18 PM

FFVXIII FTW!

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NEWCL0UD
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:16:34 AM
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oh come on!! SE favours the xbox unless they have 3 secret exclusives for ps3
i call bullshit on there comment

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dbyzforce
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 8:44:43 PM

I agree with you 100% NEWCL0UD

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Orvisman
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:26:55 AM
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I agree with all comments above except for Flying_Ape's.

Well... His comments about Team Ico were spot on though.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:09:06 PM

They should come up with different interesting characters

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coverton341
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:13:53 PM
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They may for all intents and purposes not have a favorite console but it is a known fact that microsoft is paying companies for exclusives and exclusive DLC which in the long run seems like it would hurt the entire industry in the long run. I mean if they do put sony out of business (which with their money and the economy its not impossible) then there will be one console in the fight really Wii i don't really count. Then with no competing company devs will get lax on standards and game quality will degrade.

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ec0li
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 5:23:09 PM

It's not only about paying for exclusives that get 3rd parties to make games for Microsoft. It's probably a lot cheaper also because of the ease of development requiring less manpower. If a 3rd party can make a game for less on the 360, it would be a better investment.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:25:07 PM
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FYI, FLYING_APE will be taking a little vacation now. I've pretty much had it with him.

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AntDC
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:17:29 AM

Thanks alot Ben. The minute he said JRPGs are gay I wondered weather or not you'd step in.

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FLYING_APE
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 4:54:39 AM

i love jrpg but why is it all the characters are kids with wavy hair fighting with swords and magic powers. JRPG are lacking innovation thats all i said.

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AntDC
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 6:46:25 PM

What and games like Killzone, Resistance, Halo and the like aren't innovative either, despite them all haveing Alien like creatres and supposed "bad-ass" muncho guys with big guns? Of course games with the same genres are gonna have similar themes, that's kinda the whole point.

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Arvis
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:38:04 PM
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Basically, Square-Enix just likes money, then? I suppose that's understandable.

Also, I was under the impression that they already announced that SO4 was coming to the PS3.

-Arvis

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:47:52 PM

Yeah, basically. Can't really hold that against them.

And I think the SO4 on PS3 thing is still just a rumor...

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CH1N00K
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 12:41:58 PM
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It does seem kind of odd for Square to support the X-Box when it hasn't sold that well in Japan for consoles. Just give them time. They're just trying to figure out how to use the PS3 first. The x-box had the advantage of being released earlier. Square has always been known for putting out really great looking games (graphically..sometimes the stories can be a bit out there) They'll do it again I'm sure. Unfortunately though with the way the economy is going, you're probably going to see more and more developers supporting the companies with the most market share. Right now, they're betting on M$.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 1:04:14 PM
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Didn't they nearly shack up with M$ at TGS?

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Arvis
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 2:04:49 PM

Yes. The PDA was off the charts. The worst I've seen since high school.

-Arvis

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Deleted User
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 5:41:25 PM

pda?

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 6:00:51 PM

@ okie, PDA= public display of affection.

as in they might as well have been making out with each other

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AntDC
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:20:00 AM

@ LightShow
Haha I guess money does that to people.

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Riku994
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 2:20:48 PM
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We might as well start calling Square Enix $quare Enix, or $E, like we do with M$. They're basically selling out to Microsoft, despite all of their fans buying a PS3 because they though they'd be getting all the SE games. At least we get FFV13...Im sure M$ will buy that too...

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:28:48 PM

i never call them square. Square is a title reserved for the hallowed game producer of old. Enix, however holds much negativity.

thats why i call them Enix instead of $E ^_^

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 2:27:50 PM
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I think the real reason for Square Enix to go for multi-platform is very obvious: capture the market then make money. They might have been in deep financial problem inside, altho they can't tell the public. So, on the surface, they say they dont care which platform they go for, deep down, they just need to sell games to make money, whichever way that works for them. --- Hence, you see, remake or re-release tons of games on DS, mass produce rpgs on 360, westernize games ... all that, fit that simple purpose. Otherwise, why does a RPG king company shift to a different console all of a sudden, why, PS3 has nothing wrong regarding the power and advantage. such is my guess.

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djjake
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 3:50:40 PM
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i lost all respect for this publisher, clearly lost the connection they had with playstation

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LightShow
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:04:41 PM
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Bullsh**.

Enix doesn't deserve any more words than that, leastways right now...

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/17/2008 6:56:08 PM

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karneli lll
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:06:05 PM
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This is crap,its like valve saying "We actually like the ps3 ". But looking at it from their side,SE isnt bad for wanting more cash: maybe they're using Ms' money to fund ps3 exclusives, who knows. In the end its all about self preservation. Maybe Sony,back in the ps2 era, used to treat devs like crap and this is karma returning the favor.

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aaronisbla
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:06:25 PM
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Thats a statement full of bullshit that SE has made, if they didn't feel that they don't cater to a certain console, why defend yourself and make yourself look guilty?

Until someone can prove wrong with solid evidence, there is no way in hell a game on the 360 couldn't be made on the ps3, Square should just shut the F*ck up and make games and while they are at it, give ps3 users the same treatment for FF13 they are giving the 360 for Last remnant, if its done, why delay it?

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Fatcat3788
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:18:06 PM

By far, what you mentioned is the biggest hint at Square's stand. "OH we are waiting for FFXIII to be finished on PS3 and Xbox." Why didn't they wait for Last Remnant...? Hmmm curious. Anyway Aaron I completely agree with you. At this point I am still pissed at Square-Enix and I am keeping my stance on that.

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aaronisbla
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 6:38:13 PM

haha, i go to the grocery store and i come back, someone has a smart ass comment, i wonder who it was...

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MetalHead09
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 4:17:45 PM
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idk for insisting that they are not pro x-box or pro ps3 they are really stickin to us ps3 guys. im losing respect for them a little at a time whenever they try and feed us such bullsh** comments.

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HUSO
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 6:25:53 PM
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so according to that statement, unless the 360 is way more powerful than the ps3, we'd definitely be getting Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean on the ps3.

anyways, these guys are a joke, i'd believe their non-bias rule once games start releasing on the ps3 and 360 on the same date.

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dbyzforce
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 9:02:38 PM

I also agree with you HUSO and NEWCL0UD. Square-Enix basically saying they do not prefer any particular console but why no REAL developments with ps3, most going to Microsoft. If they were REALLY serious expanding horizons they would truly go multiplatform day 1. Way things stand we ps3 owners seem to be left in the dark. The way they talk is like how a cheating girlfriend says she loves you then cheats behind your back.

Sorry about rant, but I am tired of hearing SQEX talking about it, but some news article of them doing the opposite. Please us ps3 owners are starved for RPGS. Give us that FFVII remake for us at least....

Like this article in Kotaku for example. http://kotaku.com/5091308/square-enix-desperately-seeking-programmers-for-us-dev-studio . They are looking for programmers for Wii and 360, but nothing about PS3...

Kuods for Sega for Valkyria Chronicles and WKC from Level 5. They will get my praise and money...

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AceTatsujin
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:21:59 PM
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back in april of 2008, square enix called sony and they had a conference. they told them they're taking ff xiii to multi. platform. sony said we want to keep versus if you do that. so they signed a contract. their reason for doing that is cu'z sony has over 20% of shares in square enix, and sony has the right to know w.t.f. is going on or otherwise they'll pull their shares and SE would be in deep shit.

in all honesty man, SE can go to hell for all i care. they keep pushing the 360, hey no problem ... the real RPG gamers are on the ps3. we just started with disagea 3, we got eternal sonata after a year, and hell ... you know what? Valkryai Chronicles, hands down, the best rpg to-date until White Knight Chronicles comes out.

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ceedot
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 4:17:17 AM
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lol how ironic. The PS3 has a Blu-Ray edge, but they still put FFXIII on 360? What, to put it on 5 disks? What a di**head.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/18/2008 8:37:32 PM

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Orvisman
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 9:14:13 AM
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@the_importer

LOL. I used that handle for years back in the days of the PS2/Dreamcast flame wars. I did a double take. At first I thought it was me posting under that name.

Don't sully my good name! ;)

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Arvis
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 1:39:32 PM

Hmm, I seem to remember Dreamcast games being ported to the PS2 after it died...

Don't think Resident Evil: Code Veronica was ever a PS1 game...

-Arvis

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AntDC
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 7:04:21 PM
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Apparently Square-Enix made an arrogant comment a few years ago about how they didn't want to support Sony too much because they'd be the "overwhelming" winner in the console war. WTF? So what, are they trying to support "the under dog"? That doesn't make any sense to me, and is possibly the stupidest comment I have ever heard SE make. And when you look at sales now their comment just seems even more ridiculous.

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Dante399
Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 11:47:35 AM
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I lost all respect to S€ after they announced FFXIII for the 360. This company is the king of RPGs and has a very large fanbase, yet they disappoint all their fans and down grade the so long waited title to fit both consoles.
I do not mind making the same title on another console but what I do mind is when they down grade both versions , the PS3's and the 360's, instead of down grading only the 360's.
They should pay more respect to the powers and capabilities of each console.

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