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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

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Comments (43 posts)

Jed
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 9:52:06 PM
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hey, I dont really care if they make games for the 360. As long as they make them for the ps3 it would be ok. And if they make more money that way, then their games should reflect it. I would seriousley be pissed off if they went M$ exclusive. Square-enix would be nothing without sony, so they best not leave PS3 owners out.

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wasim
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 3:56:35 AM

all SQUARE games on x360 have flopped

IU /LR and next will be SO4
the company has become total trash

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NEWCL0UD
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:01:57 PM
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ok i just have to assume that they already have ps3 staff lined up... square-enix cant let whats left of there ps3 fans down... again

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Kiengo
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:14:12 PM

... and again

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WaR_HaWk
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:26:20 PM
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i think MS is sponsoring Square Enix. Off-topic: Insomniac might go multiplatform.

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aaronisbla
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:09:49 PM

The article in question says Ted price sees the benefits of going multiplatform and staying exclusive

He also mentions that they aren't governed by Sony and mentions that Sony isn't trying to strictly govern them, which is why they have done business with sony exclusively over the last 10 years.

Last edited by aaronisbla on 11/17/2008 11:14:34 PM

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LightShow
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 6:31:33 AM

insomniac is a wholly owned subsidiary of sony. That means that any games coming out of insomniac are published by sony computer entertainment, and that they always go to sony consoles.

in short, they aint goin multi

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Orvisman
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 9:30:18 AM

@Lightshow,

No. Insomniac isn't owned by Sony. Naughty Dog is. Slant Six. Guerilla Games. But not Insomniac.

I've been saying this for years, Sony needs to buy Insomniac and Sucker Punch before M$ft does.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Clap Hanz – Everybody's Golf series
Polyphony Digital – Gran Turismo series
SCE Japan Studio (Project Siren Team, etc.) – Ape Escape series, LocoRoco
Team ICO – ICO, Shadow of the Colossus

SCEI Subsidiary Divisions
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Incognito Entertainment – Twisted Metal series, Warhawk
Naughty Dog – Jak & Daxter series, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
SCE Bend Studio (formerly Eidetic) – Syphon Filter series
SCE Foster City Studio – Jet Li: Rise to Honor
SCE San Diego Studio – NBA series, MLB: The Show series
SCE Santa Monica Studio – God of War series
Sony Online Entertainment LLC. – EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies
Zipper Interactive – SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs series, Massive Action Game
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Bigbig Studios – Pursuit Force
Evolution Studios – World Rally Championship series, MotorStorm
Guerrilla Games – Killzone series
SCE London Studio (includes Team SOHO & Camden) – The Getaway series, SingStar series
SCE Studio Cambridge (formerly Millennium Interactive) – MediEvil series
SCE Studio Liverpool (formerly Psygnosis) – Wipeout series, F1 series
Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc.

SCE Korea – EyeToy: EduKids, GloRace: Phantastic Carnival

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karneli lll
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:31:21 PM
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SE havent abandoned us,they've given us...umm...

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MetalHead09
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 10:57:23 PM

a break from some really awsome games?.........

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:15:27 PM
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I wonder if its being built in Microsoft's BEDROOM!!!

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Arvis
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:07:19 PM

*dies lauging* Holy crap, that was the funniest thing I've read all week...

-Arvis

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AceTatsujin
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:15:49 PM
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No one. SE is dead now. Let them go with MS and be happy about it. No love from my wallet. Thats what they need to know.

Level 5 = The new RPG company for PS3.

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King James
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:09:02 PM

*virtual hi-5*

White Knight!!!

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isaya85
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:50:05 PM
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Yall should realise that us Sony supporters have power over these devs we dont have to take this from enix. Im for level 5 now!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:08:46 AM
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Look who is talking out of both sides of their mouth again. Were the 360 dev units already waiting in the new building?

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:24:47 AM
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Has Square-Enix made a good game this generation???

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:42:34 AM
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We will know in a few days after having the taste of the Last Remnant on 360, Infinite Undiscovery is a bit let down, will see this one, seems cool to me so far.

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:53:12 AM
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last remnants look have good gameplay but i dont like the character design....
and its timed xbox 360 exclussive :(

ah.. waiting for star ocean 4 :D

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:42:42 AM

star ocean 4 is super cool from the trailer I saw, but it does not have ps3 release date yet, only on 360 first as well.

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FLYING_APE
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 5:01:41 AM
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If square are going to go multiplatform they should include all next gen consoles. Infinite undiscovery sold well in japan imagine how well it would of do for ps3. So thats why microshaft are buying exclusives because there no point in NOT releasing it for ps3.

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aqwabawks
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:37:08 PM

Infinite Undiscovery is also an IP that is owned by Micrsoft...

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LightShow
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 6:36:22 AM
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I dont care.

I'm kinda with ace tatsujin on this one. If they dont want my business, I don't want their product.

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Memphis
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 6:36:54 AM
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Speaking of Square Enix moving into the Western market.. if anyone is interested, it seems that Square Enix is planning to publish an RTS in partnership with Gas Powered Games for PC which suggests that they are indeed moving further away from Sony.. And RPGs..?

Source: http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/42912/Supreme-Commander-2-Announced

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Arvis
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:11:24 PM

Whoa....

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 8:25:16 AM
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I wonder if this means that they're going to start making more American styled games. Square has always had a large influence from Japan, but with them starting to build in the US and, by the looks of things, support M$ more is that style of gaming from Square going to dissapear? I was a big fan of games made by square soft...but square enix? I either outgrew it, or they went a different way I'm not sure, but unless they come out with something amazing, I'll look for something else to invest my time and money into.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 9:13:50 AM
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I agree with "Wasim"......

Square-Enix's 360 exclusives have been flops, id say thats a hint.

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aqwabawks
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:38:11 PM

Just curious, but how was IU a flop? Didn't it in part help drive the boost in 360 sales in Japan?

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coverton341
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 11:44:16 AM
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Huge and horrible "what-if":

What-if SE made a next gen FFVII remake and made it 360 exclusive

Seems like a direction they would be willing to take to bolster the US market and appease the 360 bigwigs.

Improbable? Yes. Impossible? Not by a long shot.

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King James
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:03:39 PM

Oh God, I hope not. The horror of it all!

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:09:04 PM

Horrible, Not likely, but possible.

Think about it, the people that are asking for it now are those that have played the original, to make it worth while, SE would have to add a few new things along with the better graphics.

The Xbox fans, haven't had the privilege of playing the FF series but have surely heard the hype and would love to have it. Give them FFVII, You create a whole new fan base, since the Sony ones are getting a little miffed at SE. All with a game that was done a long time ago, you just had to make "prettier" instead of writing a new story. By the time we're too old to hold a controller, everyone in the world will have played FFVII on one platform or the other.

Talk about Market Share!

But hopefully SE isn't that stupid to turn their back on the other consoles.

Last edited by CH1N00K on 11/18/2008 1:09:55 PM

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aqwabawks
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:38:49 PM

I dunno about that, I was under the impression that Sony has publishing rights to Final Fantasy VII (at least in North America and Europe, where they published the original game).

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Jed
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 7:05:42 PM

I would cut my limbs off with a plasma cutter

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coverton341
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 10:41:26 AM

Ownership of an IP only lasts so long then it has to be rebought. look at the music industry and fallout 3

fallout 2 wanted the song I dont want to set the world on fire but couldn't get it

fallout 3 could because the ownership of said title ran out

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King James
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:00:44 PM
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I think that Square-Enix is discussing how to make more games for the XBOX360. I can see it now...


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King James
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:00:52 PM
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<Square-Enix America Staff Meeting>
Director: Thank you all for joining SE-A. We have a lot of work to do.
Game Designer 1: What games are we planning to make?
Director: Square-Enix wants to appeal to that American Market. That's where we come in. We are going to make three XBox360 titles...
Lead QA Tester: (interrupting)Are we going to make any PS3 or Wii titles?
Director: You're fired. I said the American market which means, we are making XBox360 games. Three of them. I want to make an action/adventure, and 2 shooters.
*Game Designer 2 raises hand slowly*
Director: *Points at Game Designer 2* Yes?
Game Designer 2: Wouldn't be more lucrative to make multi-platform next-gen games?
Director: *sighs* You know what? You're fired too! We are making XBOX360 games. If anybody has a problem with that, feel free to ask me about. I will be more than happy to explain to you our simple Square-Enix mission statement. It's three equations:
1) American Market = Money
2) XBox360 = American Market
Therefore, the third equation is simple folks...
3) XBox360 = Money

Any questions? *looks around room*
(Room is silent)
Director: Good, meeting's adjourned. Go make those games.

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coverton341
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:05:45 PM

It's like you were right there in the room when it went down.

All hail the next gen shooters from SE-A

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Arvis
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:14:38 PM

I can't wait til M$ pays them to make a traditional, turn-based Halo RPG! Xbox 360, here I come!!!!

*rolls eyes*

I hate big business...

-Arvis

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:17:03 PM

You mean we're not going to see FF-WII (FFVII)? lol. Doesn't anyone want to stand in front of their computer for 80-100 hours waving around the Wiimote in order to get the Ultima sword? Mix the Wiimote with the Wii fit board to make them walk all those hundreds of miles around the world, it would be the best exercise game ever. Sure you'd look like a Wii-tard, but you'd be an in shape Wii-tard!

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King James
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:38:35 PM

You know what coverton? I was there. lol.

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coverton341
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:17:55 PM
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Ch1NooK that is a fabulous idea you should be in marketing, but I think what would help out is if Nintendo bought a SE studio of their own so when the game did come out they could plaster the red Nintendo logo on it and add Wii to the name official then it would sale billions (right after Nintendo tells the world they only have 100,000 copies and lets everyone fight over the damn game for 6 months)

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 8:09:30 PM

Well before the PS1, Final Fantasy used to be on the Nintendo. Because Nintendo stuck with the cartridge instead of switching to a disc drive system, SquareSoft went with Sony for FFVII. Look how well that paid off for them. Now it looks like they're doing it again but with M$ this time. Give it time they may come full circle and end up back on Nintendo again..lol

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Shatterday
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 8:05:06 AM
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I wonder if they'll take summer internships... and provide air fare... and living expenses...

Hey, a guy can dream.

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