Square Enix Wants to Revitalize Old IPs, Create New Ones, Deliver High Quality Content and Explore VR

Today Square Enix released the 2015 edition of its annual report, and it included interesting information about the company’s plans for the future and performance.

Below you can read a summary of the main points:

  • Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X have developed into “stable earnings generators that underpin Square Enix’s financial performance.”
  • PS4 and Xbox One are “growing significantly,” primarily in Europe and North America, while smart devices are becoming more advanced and commonplace.
  • Square Enix intends “to deliver content of consistently high quality to customers around the world under the best conditions possible.” In order to attain that goal, they will engage “in research into the latest content and technologies, developing new business models, and cultivating new sales channels and regions.”
  • The company intends to revitalize existing IPs by recreating them for the latest consoles and exploring VR and other new platforms.
  • Creating new IPs is also deemed important, generated by console games, smart device games, PC games, arcades and comics. In the fiscal year ending March 2016 Square Enix is working to ensure that those platforms give rise to new IPs to foster in the future.
  • Square Enix intends to collaborate with other companies, from collaborations focused on a single products, to wider business partnerships.
  • Net sales are shared as follows: 66.5% digital entertainment (consoles, PC and smart devices), 24.2% amusement (arcades), 6.9% publication (manga and such), 2.4% merchandising.

We also get a summary of the total shipments for the most relevant franchises owned by the publisher:

  • Final Fantasy: 110 million
  • Dragon Quest: 66 million
  • Tomb Raider: 45 million
  • Hitman: 15 million
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Giuseppe Nelva

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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