Comment on Square Enix Back in the Red: “Expect Even More Remakes!” by Imyou:

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@SpideyPHL: The thing is, while they’re at very different scales, they both find themselves surprised by their results:

NIS: “Why is Neptunia doing so well? Ok – I guess we’ll make some more then!”

S-E: “Oh my god… Why isn’t Final Fantasy selling? What can we do to stay afloat???”

Whether you’re making a game to sell 10 units or 10,000,000, you want to hit, or even exceed your target. When that starts failing, going further in the direction that got you there is not a good idea, especially in an industry where a lot of big studios are completely destroyed by one flop.

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  • Square Enix Back in the Red: “Expect Even More Remakes!”:
    Back to their roots… You know, they may be able to spring back if they looked at small RPG niche companies like NIS and took some notes: Lots of cheapish reusable sprites rather than immaculately crafted 3D models. Lots of game mechanics and good writing. They could probably slash development costs so much with that, they could even include a range of different endings. They wouldn’t have to turn it into a funny over the top fanservice fest like NIS loves, but if they could stop being so …

  • Square Enix Back in the Red: “Expect Even More Remakes!”:
    Well, we know what they won’t make: FF7, or a large profit. They should have remade FF7, maybe around 2005. Now, I’m kind of glad they won’t touch it, because I no longer have faith that they could even retrace their steps. It’s a different company now.

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