What’s Going On With Square-Enix?
Today, the now ex-President and CEO of Square-Enix of America has left the Japanese company after almost 3 years with the developer/publisher. According to Polygon, he left the company on good terms.
This news comes only two months after the resignation of CEO Yoichi Wada.
There’s no telling what the hell is going on over at Square, but it has been abundantly clear recently that the company has been facing some financial trouble after reportedly failing to meet its vastly unrealistic sale projections on recent published titles like Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs, citing “slow sales of major console games” as well as “major reforms and restructuring in its development policy, organizational structure, some business models, and others” as the cause.
I truly hate to talk negatively Square-Enix, a company that I hold near and dear to my heart, but when 3.4 million copies of Tomb Raider sell in its first 4 weeks on the market, and that’s not good enough, some serious changes need to happen within the company. 3.4 millions sales over the lifetime of a game is considered financially successful in most cases; Tomb Raider sold this in a little less than a month.
Seriously, what the hell were they expecting?
And with recent abominations like Final Fantasy: All the Bravest, overpriced iOS games, unrealistic expectations, and wasting resources on re-releases of games that nobody is asking for, it’s hard to blame the western market for their recent downfall and much easier to see that problem comes from within. I can honestly say it arguably comes down to the root of Japanese culture itself; a culture that — especially in the corporate world –abhors change and generally resists evolution.
If this year’s E3 doesn’t see any mention of Kingdom Hearts 3 or a new Final Fantasy entry that doesn’t include Lightning, then they’re unfortunately just wasting my time.
But enough of that — what do YOU guys think about Squeenix’s fall from grace? Shout it from the rooftops in the comments below.