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