Square-Enix Opens Studio In U.S., Working On New IP
In 2008, it has become clear that Square-Enix, like many Japanese developers, are looking to appeal more to the Western gaming audiences. Hence, it only makes sense that one of the biggest RPG publishers in history should want to open up shop in the U.S.
According to GameSpot and several other sources, there are several job listings for Square-Enix's new development team based out of El Segundo, California, and one of these listings said- "Square Enix is building a studio from the ground up." Before this move, the office had acted as the publisher's administrative hub in North America, but now the new studio is seeking everything from product managers and 3D artists to QA testers and translators. The game in question? It's an "action-oriented original IP," and although we don't have any concrete details just yet, some job listings did specifically mention the Xbox 360. Now, if the game in question is indeed exclusive to Microsoft's platform, it'll only increase the ire of PlayStation 3 owners, especially after Square-Enix just went on record saying they don't prefer any one console. The shift to appeal to North American gamers obviously includes the 360, so maybe they shouldn't try to be so defensive. We get it.
Anyway, we'll be on the lookout for any new info from this new studio; we will certainly want to know what this IP is. Hopefully, it'll be multiplatform; otherwise, it sadly isn't relevant news for PSXE.
11/17/2008 John Shepard