Does anybody else see what has happened to Square Enix? I remember Square Enix being a major graphical power house back in the day, with the gameplay and story to match the spectacular graphics. As a gamer, how cool was it the first time you laid eyes on Sin in Final Fantasy X? Or what about how you genuinely felt sadness when Aeris died in Final Fantasy VII? Yeah I know the answer; Awestruck is how you probably felt because those were some of the most memorable scenes in gaming history. However, if you look at Square Enix nowadays it appears that they have lost their way. Square Enix was once one of gamings most elite publishers. Now the majority of their games are not hyped anymore, and there not that well received by critics and gamers alike. What has happened to Square Enix?
Well lets see if some of the gaming community can be enlightened. Every one of Square Enixs games this generation has sold fewer than one million copies. Last Remnant put in a respectable 600K, Infinite Undiscovery turned in a reasonable 470K, and Final Fantasy XI sold 180K. Now these numbers are decent, but they are not anywhere near the numbers of last generations Square Enixs games. Take for example, Kingdom Hearts it sold a total of 5.5 million copies alone. It did 415K its first week alone in Japan, which is phenomenal and makes me wonder even more, what has happened to Square Enix? Next, Square Enix had Final Fantasy X which has sold close to 8 million copies to date. At Launch, Final Fantasy X sold 1.9 million copies in Japan. Lets look at this in another perspective, Square Enix has sold more copies of Final Fantasy X, in the games launch week, then combined copies of every entire game they have made this generation! So, whats going on Square? Even Star Ocean: Till the End of Time sold 1.3 million. And the reasons why I chose these games are because they all fall within the first three years of their respective console cycles. They also highlight how Square Enixs games arent selling like they used too.
Furthermore, Square Enix has really slowed down on the release of their next generation Final Fantasy games. Compared to previous generations where you had a release of a new Final Fantasy within the first two or three years of the consoles cycles. (Final Fantasy XI doesnt count that was a port from previous generation.)Looking back at the PS one era, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII three years into the consoles lifecycle. Then with the PS2 era, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X within the first two years. However, this generation were approaching year four and we have yet, to see a Final Fantasy series installment. With this shift in Final Fantasys release cycle are gamers not going to get their customary three installments of the Final Fantasy franchise this console cycle, like previous generations? It certainly appears not.
In closing, Square Enix needs to get on the ball this generation. They certainly arent living up to their past accomplishment. And as gamers, we should definitely hope they get their touch back. Because that will mean more excellent games for us gamers.