Square-Enix Projections Nosedive, Deus Ex Delayed
Things tend to go south when you release a big game that falls well shy of expectations.
Square-Enix has recently apologized for the mediocre technical state of Final Fantasy XIV, and they've vowed to make things better with an overhauled staff. They've also extended the free trial periods for new players. But this couldn't stop Square-Enix from drastically revising their profit projections for the current fiscal year: according to GameSpot, they've dropped the forecast by a depressing 92%, "with projected sales and operating income also seeing sharp declines." Originally expecting to take in ¥12 billion ($142 million, £91 million) for the fiscal year, they now only anticipate ¥1 billion ($12 million, £8 million). Furthermore, one of the more promising titles on the publisher's slate, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, has been delayed. It was supposed to be out in February but now, it's in Square-Enix's "next fiscal year" so...who knows when it might arrive.
They did say the delay was so developer Eidos could "spend additional time to further polish" the game, but with a new launch window of anywhere between April 2011 and April 2012, fans are going to be disappointed. The project still has a ton of potential, certainly, but now we've got a bit of a wait... As for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, we have no updates. And that isn't surprising at all.
P.S. Bear in mind that Final Fantasy XIII - which was hugely successful, of course - was released in Square-Enix's last fiscal year in both Japan and North America.
Related Game(s): Deus Ex: Human Revolution
12/16/2010 10:32:29 AM Ben Dutka