Square Enix’s reputation as the EA of the East continues to harden amongst Final Fantasy fans – their latest announcement of a “new Final Fantasy Tactics title” turns out to be a social game for mobile phones…

Fortunately, this being Square Enix it seems expectations never rose high enough to be dashed, although the extreme unpopularity of both Square Enix and Mobage combined is proving especially provocative to Tactics fans.

After being widely reviled for having the audacity to port a social game to the PSV, and having a business plan for rescuing their catastrophically mismanaged company which consists of firing their CEO and replacing him with his right hand man for the past decade, apparently so he can churn out more outstanding social games and remakes, the prospect of things getting worse still before their eventual bankruptcy finally liberates all their IP is an upsetting one to many.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm pretty sure SquareEnix already knows the company's more than fucked at this point.

    You lose so much profit, what's the point in trying to regain it back? It'd take too much time and effort to get even half of that amount.

    Might as well have fun dicking around with the remaining funds before it goes kaput.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well when your company is in the red and you run the real risk of bankruptcy, its probably better to spread the risk out and invest in multiple, cheap projects that have a higher likelihood to succeed (and alternatively won't be as detrimental if they fail) instead of throwing all your eggs into 1 basket and trying to design an epic, time consuming and expensive game and hope that it works out.

    Of course they are going to take the safer approach for the short term at least. Designing a phone game requires way, way less resources and has a much larger potential marketplace. Their risk is low and their chances of success is much higher. The real question comes down the line if they do recover; will they stick with what saved them or will they move back into heavy console production.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Psh. If they find something successful with the cheap tactic, then they're gonna stick with that for quiiiiiiiiiiite awhile. Companies always like to get the most money out of the least expenses >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "instead of throwing all your eggs into 1 basket and trying to design an epic, time consuming and expensive game and hope that it works out."

    Ironically, that's how Final Fantasy started out :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i bet the good era of old FF series is already over long ago.

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    Comment by Gitami
    15:24 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they made a FF7 remake? All eggs in the one basket most likely to float in a flood?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 13/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Easier said than done. IF they remake, they have to change system since the system of turn base fights is now boring as hell torturing angels. FFCC was good since it offered the lone soldier zack but in FF7, they have to think of either a better AI for the team or a sharper learning curve. The latter will cater to hardcore gamers but... we didn't realise it's the age of casual gamers. And casual gamers spend more than hardcore gamers since they rarely give a fuck about story, system or visuals. They just want something to burn time while on the go or at work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, why can't they try and repeat the history of Squaresoft? Way back in the '80s? They were about to go bankrupt, they put all their eggs into 1 basket, and make a game called "Final Fantasy".

    Oh wait, they're not Squaresoft no more...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 07/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The only people that mattered quit years ago"
    This. I cannot emphasize the importance of this. That piece of shit motherfucker Iwata or whoever the fuck decided to make the newest FF's this way is just horrible. Final Fantasy is DEAD. Dead franchise, dead game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spirits Within failed because again they tried to make it WESTERNIZED. It wasn't even FF it just carried the name. Had nothing to do with the video-games at all.

    Japanese need to stop this shit in gaming as well as Koreans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they ripped off Enix's Dragon Quest to make Final Fantasy and unlike then, the company is made of hundreds of employees. When you'd got such a large staff to pay you can't take risks like an upstart could.

    Anyway, Square did try to repeat history and it ended badly, remember Spirits Within? That was a huge gamble that ended very badly and damn near killed the company.

    Also the only people that mattered quit years ago, to start their own came companies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All this makes sense. I don't think SE has the funds to really take a major risk at the moment.

    But honestly: if they're going to make mobile games, it'd probably be better to start with a fresh IP. That seems like a risk, but bear with me: at this point, the FinalFantasy name does basically nothing for mobile stuff since the fans have already decided it'd be crap. What it does do is drag the FF brandname as a whole through the mud even more.

    Seeing as to how it's one of the only major IPs SE has left, all they're doing is actively screwing themselves over for a future recovery, when they DO have the funds to make an A-list game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Remember Game Freak

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    we dont speak that name on here any more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's part of an elaborate scheme to get the company's stock as low as possible, buy it all out, and then announce they're remaking final fantasy VII. Then they sell all the stock and don't actually make FFVII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, every major company goes through a "fucked up" stage, Walt Disney's lasted for like 20 years after Walt Disney died and before Eisner took over, and now they're the kings of entertainment all around the world. This happens, it doesn't mean they should just be like you and: "aaaah, screw it, I'm outta here"

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    Comment by Davoh
    23:14 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe Square Enix's plan at this point is to become almost backrupt again and hope for another final Final Fantasy

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Final Fantasy could be written as Final^2 Fantasy (or Final Square Fantasy).

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy Tactics Saigo.
    Well, it's already in the name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's almost as if they're deliberately trying to go for the Springtime For Hitler route.

    If they are, someone should tell them that it doesn't work like that; it works by actively trying to make something China-quality but making something excellent by mistake (like trying to make a game worse than Superman N64, failing at that, and inadvertently making a game better than GoldenEye N64 as a result of failing at failing)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    square enix should just implode already

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:16 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And you know what is the saddest part of it all? After Squenix finally bite the dust, they will tell:

    "It was inevitable, it's not our faul, it's the market that changed. We couldn't do anything"

    Mark my words, you'll hear that from them, but the truth is they could climb out. They are just too stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nope. They'll blame piracy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    always the scapegoat when a company releases a game no one want to play. "pirates cut into our profits!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 25/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, they won't blame piracy..
    ff7-ff9 survived with a lot of piracy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that NOBODY pirates fucking mobile social games.

    Hell, i don't even know any people who play that shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aaand maybe, they will produce a true 'Final Fantasy'. Remember that the first FF came when Square almost bankrupt? This time the bar would be far higher, given their failures in XIII series; let's wait and see. Succeed= new games, fail = no more shitty games from renowned maker (at least they die proud...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Die proud? Years and years too late for that, I'm afraid...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    remember when that movie failed also. there boss jumped ship then they merged with enix. now there boss is jumping ship again lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:31 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gotta rape the non-numbered Final Fantasies too.

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    Comment by Yamato
    04:29 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm anticipating their remake of Mystic Quest. The original already has some very mixed opinions, so if you take away the few qualities that some people reasonably defend it for, how much shit do you end up with?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So basically all you'd need to do is take away the nice soundtrack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I thought they were going to repair the damage done to the IP and its reputation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the only thing I can do at this point:


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hold on let me join you:


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All aboard the facepalm wagon!

    *Triple FACEPALM*

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's a signature move for any square enix's thread

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    what is a facepalm

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    Comment by electricmole
    03:27 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have a weird feeling that Disney will buy Squeenix soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why? Kingdom Hearts was a good seller, but not such a well known title to draw their attention. If Disney buys anything from Japan it'd be Ghibli.

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    Comment by xzeldax3
    10:01 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought SE stated that in their reformation, they are going to do away with social crap like this.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    09:50 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's official people: For all us old school Squaresoft and Enix fans out there and to the very few still holding a candle to SE...

    We be fucked. It's all downhill from here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sankaku releases new article: "Currently Popular Otaku Things are Terrible. Like China."

    Then the new gallery comes: "China releases Chinese-quality product/bootleg, shocking the world in something only Sankaku-seen bi-weekly." Followed by "Lolicon schoolgirl cosplayer 'actually quite [Engrish word].'"

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    mobage is just another greedy publisher with insane IAP content

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is where I point out that Square and EA were actually jointly publishing games at one point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They better release FFVersusXIII and KH3 that they promised before they implode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    square & enix went from making games to making long movies is there problem they dont know how to design anything now.

    i knew it was getting bad when FFX got rid of the overworld now you have FFXIII where you just run forward.

    FFXI was the last game that showed any game design, FFXIV comes years later and was not 1% the game FFXI was, now its being remade as a wow clone @_@.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't know what happened to Square Enix but their stories have become shit and re-used. What was once unique and inspirational has now turned into a generic and predictable westernized approach in gaming.

    Face it Square Enix you suck now. All that's left is the IP the heart of Square is dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF VI Remake stupid Squartle Penix.

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    Comment by Alfred Norris
    16:13 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Personally if I them I will make a direct sequel of FFT, continuing Ramza and her sister journey on far away land. This time Ramza's sister, Alma is the main character of the story. They are travelling together when some kind of whatever separate them. Meeting new and old friend, Alma tried to find Ramza and kick some deity asses.

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    Comment by Yamato
    04:34 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "the EA of the East"

    Couldn't have put it better myself.

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