Square Enix Revises Strategy, Focuses Eidos on Online Games
Square Enix is shifting its strategy in the gaming sector, focusing Eidos on online games and its domestic studios on smartphone titles.
During Square Enix’s financial results briefing for the six-month period ended Sept. 30, Square announced two key strategic changes in its digital entertainment business:
- The overseas studios shift to and focus on production of online-based titles
- The domestic studios accelerate the production of titles for smart devices
Headquartered in Japan, Square’s overseas studios include Eidos, developers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Tomb Raider, and Sleeping Dogs, which were all fantastic singleplayer games. What this means for the future of these franchises is yet to be seen, but it does not bode well.
In the briefing, Square highlighted the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Launched Aug. 27, the game has surpassed 1.45M units sold and already exceeded the peak number of paying users that FFXI had. It pointed to Nosgoth, a F2P battle action game for PC presently under development, as an example of the type of online game it wishes to focus on.
What are your thoughts on this? Will we see the launch of World of Tomb Raider next year, or do you think Square will let sleeping dogs* lie?
*I am obligated, by contract, to make that pun every time I write about Sleeping Dogs. *Ahem*