Square Enix Plans to “Further Strengthen Core Franchises” with “Large-Scale” Console Games

on May 12, 2016 6:52 AM

Following the release of its financial results for the past fiscal year and of the outlook for the current one, Square Enix published presentation materials for its investor conference call, and it included the company’s plans for the digital entertainment segment.

Among the points made we read that the company plans to further strengthen its core franchises for HD games (which means console games and possibly PC) by launching large-scale titles. They also intend to further increase profits for its MMORPGs, smartphone games and browser games.

On top of that, the company confirmed its interest in developing for virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, launching premium apps for smartphones and tablets (like they recently did for Final Fantasy IX), and expanding into emerging markets like Latin America, Middle East and India.

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We also get to catch a glimpse on the company’s IP-related plans, which involve continuous investment to enhance core franchises and sustained efforts to create new IPs.Screenshot - 5_12_2016 , 1_12_00 PM

Lastly, we also get a list of major games launching this fiscal year (ending on March 31st, 2017). Interestingly, among them, we don’t find Nier: Automata, Final Fantasy VII Remaster or Kingdom Hearts III.

Nier: Automata was the only one among them announced with a projected 2016 release window at E3 2015, but since then all promotional materials pointed to a “to be determined” release window.

That said, the list is indicated as incomplete by the “…” at the end, which means that there is probably room for further surprises, especially considering that we have been promised a release window for Nier: Automata at E3 2016.

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 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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