Square Enix tends to be unpredictable as a publisher. Take this year alone, for example: it released the highly promoted Forspoken to middling reviews, and then barely lifted a finger to advertise the critically acclaimed Octopath Traveler 2. Meanwhile, last year it dropped a ton of titles on Nintendo Switch, none of which really had space to breathe.
Speaking as part of a financial briefing, the firm indicated its intent to alter its strategy moving forwards, focusing on more major releases with high quality and global appeal. While that may seem like a fairly obvious direction for the legendary Japanese organisation to adopt, it’s probably fair to say it hasn’t really been executing on it of late.
The company told investors that it’s been working to stabilise its earnings by increasing the number of subscribers to its MMOs, like Final Fantasy 14. This obviously guarantees a stable and consistent revenue stream, which it says it can then reinvest into the development of tentpole titles.
Moving forward it does have some pretty mammoth releases in production. Obviously next month’s Final Fantasy 16 is going to be a titanic launch, but beyond that it’s got Final Fantasy 7 Remake Rebirth and Kingdom Hearts 4 in development, two titles that certainly fulfil its target of juggernaut projects with worldwide interest.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the publisher can do moving forwards, because few companies can match Square Enix’s output when it’s firing on all cylinders.