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Square-Enix Closes Eidos Deal

And so, the deal is done: Square-Enix has officially purchased Eidos for the price of £84.3 million ($120 million), a deal that greatly satisfied Eidos' board of directors and shareholders. But does it satisfy you, the gamer...?

It'll be interesting to see how Eidos operates beneath the Square-Enix umbrella, but initially, Square-Enix has "provided a blanket overview of how it plans to integrate Eidos into the Square-Enix Group." (source- GameSpot) We don't have all the details just yet, but the Japanese publisher did release new statistics for their legendary Final Fantasy franchise: they say that over 85 million FF units have been sold since the first title dropped way back in 1987, and furthermore, the Dragon Quest series has sold around 47 million units since 1986. As for Eidos, Tomb Raider is far and away their best-selling franchise, clocking in at approximately 30 million units since 1996; the critically acclaimed Hitman series is a distant second at 8 million units. Now, when the next Tomb Raider drops, it may be a little disorienting for veteran gamers to see the "Square-Enix" logo on the box, but hey, that's big business. We expect to see more details on their latest acquisition as time goes on, but for the time being, we can always speculate and wonder.

Square-Enix has been saying since the start of this generation that they want to push Westward, and picking up Eidos is certainly a step in the that direction. Whether or not it's the right step remains to be seen...

4/23/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Scarecrow
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 10:29:32 PM
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EA number2 has entered the ring

squeee squeee!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:55:36 PM

Ea, ActivisionBlizzard and now, Square-enix-edios (Squeedios?)

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Oyashiro
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:13:19 AM

Squaredionix?

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robinhood2010
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 2:04:02 AM

Squidix

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Riku994
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 10:35:28 PM
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Do I smell a Tomb Raider rpg? Yeah, I thought I smelled crap.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:04:00 PM
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I'll just be blissfully ignorant for the moment and remain hopeful that some of the old brilliance of Square and Eidos will mix to make a very satisfying platypus.

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Gregory Freeman
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 7:29:59 PM

i lol'd @ the platypus refrence

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AntDC
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:04:21 PM
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Sorry I don't really understand how this works, does this mean that SE will just be publishing Tomb Raider or will they have their own people develop it as well?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:54:24 PM

They probably took in the team that made it, but yes they are 'developing' and 'publishing' it now

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:19:30 AM
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Well...they certainly chose the wrong company to buy out. Eidos has been pretty awful for a while now. What exactly are they going to use? Legacy of Kain is dead. Tomb Raider continues to struggle. Kane and Lynch was mediocre. What am I missing?

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 1:24:11 AM

New Hitman?

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Alienange
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 5:43:55 AM

Thief 4

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Nynja
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 11:27:20 AM

Conflict Denied Ops and Battlestations Midway...

Some of the worse graphics and gameplay I've seen on PS3 or 360. Just terrible. I try to stay away from Eidos games.

Maybe now that SE has them, they'll pump out quality titles..

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AntDC
Saturday, April 25, 2009 @ 10:05:28 PM

Legacy of Kain would look amazing in HD

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slayerkillemall
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:23:36 AM
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I can see it now! agent47,killing cartoons....

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Xbox_Killer
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:37:33 AM
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I really hope they don't change the developers on the Tomb Raider games.

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Scarecrow
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:46:44 AM

Why?

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Xbox_Killer
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:55:54 AM

I liked all the Tomb Raider games.

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King James
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6:52:35 PM

they need to. The last one was buggy and had camera issues. They just need to keep the directors. They will keep your Tomb Raider games looking like Tomb Raider games.

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The CEO
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 1:45:00 AM
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Now maybe we will finally get Fear Effect 3! Wishful thinking I guess.

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crapreviews
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 1:55:29 AM
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thought this happen like 2 weeks ago lol

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BTNwarrior
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 2:00:00 AM
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And I forever leave any hopes of a sequel to Feedom Fighters behind me

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OriginalSin
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 2:23:19 AM
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I for one wouldn't mind if the bring out a new Hitman/rpg with the quality graphics of a FF....

I think that will be awesome indeed.

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Alienange
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 5:45:44 AM
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Just give me Dragon Quest IX

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tridon
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 8:13:10 AM
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I think that with these three companies together now, it'd be the perfect time for a fighting game. I also think it's about time we see a freakin' PARASITE EVE 3!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 10:52:16 AM

Its coming to PSP

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AntDC
Saturday, April 25, 2009 @ 10:05:59 PM

Yup, it's called The Third Birthday, I can't wait!

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crawdaddy
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 9:03:18 AM
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Oh great!!!!! Now were going to have a Tomb Raider cartoon game. They will probably replace Laura Croft with Minnie Mouse.

Last edited by crawdaddy on 4/24/2009 9:06:54 AM

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BeezleDrop
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 10:10:57 AM
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Maybe purchasing Eidos wasn't the greatest idea.

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illegalprelude
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 10:25:57 AM
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yea....Square hasnt pumped out sh** sense Square and Enix got together. All I got was FF12 and KH2. That deal happened like 5 years ago. So yay, lets add another company to the mix so now we can get 1 decent game, every 10 years

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Scarecrow
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 11:19:07 AM

Haha FFXIII will be the only "great" game they release this generation.

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Nynja
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 11:36:26 AM

FFVII:CC on PSP, FFVII:DC on PS2, FFX-2 on PS2, FFVI remake, Star Ocean remakes on PSP, SO:Last Hope on 360, Last Remnant on PC and 360...

They've pumped out quite a bit of titles. Just nothing for the PS3, yet.

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King James
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6:57:22 PM

infinite undiscovery and The Last Remnant don't count in my book. They did release some titles for the DS.

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Nynja
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 11:28:11 AM
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Best thing to happen to Eidos.

Worst thing to happen to Square-Enix.

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Mystearica
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 3:15:40 PM
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All I see is this... S-E's only good releases for this generation = FFXIII and FF vs XIII.... nothings else... (maybe KH??? maybe that is)

So in S-E's desperatism, they will continue to publish crap games and continue to lose $$$$

Though End of Eternity trailer looks wicked... though that game is by "Sega" and directed by Tri-Ace and trailers can be deceiving... but whatever

This is going nowhere... and as I see it... downhill

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Nynja
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 5:25:43 PM

Excluding FFXIII and FFvXIII.

SE is working on a new or updated version of an MMORPG. That should be stellar. I know that FFXI ate up 200+ days (DAYS of actual playing time) of my life. FFAgitoXIII for PSP is likely to be a solid title, seeing it shares similar gameplay elements as FFVII:CC (based on trailers included with the ACC bluray). Lets not forget the upcomming Dissada for PSP.

I think SE has plenty in store for everyone (mostly RPG fans) that you will find a style of FF that fits your interests. I believe that was the intention of their expansion of the FF universe. Everyone wants something different in their FF RPG and SE is trying to please us all.

Still, the purchase of Eidos has me wondering what good could possibly come out of this for SE except for the rights to certain franchises that could be improved upon using SE's resources. Again, I am not a huge fan of Eidos, never really was and probably never will be.

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King James
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6:48:56 PM
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....And Tomb Raider just became a new M$ exclusive.

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Banky A
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6:55:31 PM
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The best things Square-Enix has ever done for Sony in recent times are:

1. Final Fantasy: Dissidia (PSP)
-do I have to explain how awesome this game looks? It's theoretically genius. It would rule the World on PS3 though-

2. Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
-Zack is gangster-

Well that's pretty much it for me personally LOL.

=D

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