Square-Enix Future Plan Includes Reboots, New IPs
If you're wondering how Square-Enix plans to press forward from a business perspective, here's a hint.
During an investor's presentation, the Japanese developer said they now have two goals when it comes to game making: the first is to "strengthen existing IPs with reboots." We've already seen a few examples of this with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Front Mission Evolved, and more are on the way- The 3rd Birthday (the Parasite Eve reboot), Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Dungeon Siege III. At the same time, S-E wants to continue trying out new brands; an example of that in 2010 was the entertaining yet under-appreciated Nier, and a future example will be the interesting Mindjack. Unsurprisingly, Square-Enix CEO Yoichi Wada stated that "starting up new IPs has been extremely difficult." Well, that's what most any publisher says these days and of course, it's a truthful statement. It is hard but it can be done, and it can be done in a lucrative fashion; of the many "for-instances" that exist this generation, we turn you to a series called "Uncharted."
So anyway, we'll have to see how things turn out for the publisher. We certainly have high hopes for several of the titles listed above, and let's not forget about Final Fantasy Versus XIII. It isn't really a "reboot" and it isn't a new IP, but we still want it.
11/9/2010 10:24:53 AM Ben Dutka