Square Enix Intends to Develop Major Franchises in-House and Outsource Mid-Size Games

With NieR: Automata performing better than expected, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda explains the plan on how to allocate development resources to big titles and smaller ones.

on May 26, 2017 12:58 PM

NieR: Automata performed better than expected, and this prompted questions on how the publisher allocates its internal development resources. During the latest investor Q&A CEO Yosuke Matsuda outlined the plans for the future.

“In terms of the balance between in-house efforts and outsourcing, we intend to primarily develop our major franchises in-house and to outsource mid-sized titles. It is also important to cultivate new titles, and for that reason we are also thinking about how tie-ups with external companies can help balance our mix.”

Looks like the alliance with PlatinumGames for Yoko Taro‘s game won’t be an isolated occurrence, but we might not see this kind of outsourcing happen with the biggest games of Square Enix’s main franchises.

Outsourcing often tends to be seen as negative among the fans of a series, but when the studio doing the work is as good as PlatinumGames, it can definitely bring a positive influence on a franchise.

 /  Executive News Editor
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