Square Enix President Hints At New RPG Release For Fiscal 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Square Enix is a company that knows it’s lost some of the consumer confidence it used to have in recent years. There was a time when their product were hotly anticipated and set the bar for quality in the RPG genre. Nowadays, even the most ardent SE fans are skeptical about their output while at the same time hoping they regain their former glory. Square Enix has begun the climb back to prominence in recent years, however. In addition to the successful releases of titles such as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (now at 4 million subscribers) and Bravely Default, a 3DS title widely regarded as a return to form, SE has put out a ‘Player Survey‘ to see what else they can do to continue improving.

But Square Enix’s efforts aren’t stopping there. To keep people excited and optimistic about what they’re doing these days, SE’s president Yosuke Matsuda recently spoke to popular Japanese trade magazine Nikkei Trendy about some of the things they have lined up for the coming year. The article discusses many of SE’s important titles both currently in release and forthcoming, including Dragon Quest Heroes, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, Nosgoth, Lord of Vermillion Arena and Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded.  But perhaps the most interesting tidbit to come from the Nikkei Trendy piece concerns the announcement of a ‘surprise Japanese RPG’ for home consoles. Matsuda stated that they intend to create and expand awareness through a series of surprise announcements that will, no doubt, have the fans and the industry talking and clamoring for information. In Matsuda’s own words, a ‘box of surprises.’

Obviously, Matsuda isn’t going to give the details on the new release any time soon. There are still plenty of titles on the way to build hype over. Still, one can’t help but wonder what the surprise is going to be and when we’ll learn more about it. Perhaps the Square Enix is finally back on a course for the greatness once synonymous with their name. Only time will tell.



About Tom Tolios

Really smart, talks too much, loves the video games and the Star Wars and the Game of Thrones, likes the manga and some anime and knows that Kentaro Miura's Berserk is the greatest thing ever made.

  • Draco Breach

    Please Square Enix! Show Wii U some love! =D

    I really think Square Enix can put out something good. There are signs of life even when fans react [perhaps overly] negatively to properties – like the Lightning Trilogy. It’s not GOOD per say, but there were signs of life.

    I’d also love to see some Star Ocean and Chrono Trigger love, but I know better than to hold my breath.

    • Phil F.

      I really don’t think it’s “overly negative” to say that 13-1 was one of the worst video games i’ve ever played, if only because of how thoroughly boring it was all throughout. It’s the most passive i’ve ever been with a video game, save for persona 4.

      Also star ocean is done. It’s not coming back, at least not with new games. Not because of squeenix, but simply because triace doesn’t want to work on it anymore.

    • Tara

      Squeenix owns the Star Ocean name, so they could make another if they wanted. (But to be honest, they don’t want to, it never made them much money.)

      And… Tri-Ace was bought by a mobile developer, so even if another Star Ocean game were made, it wouldn’t by by Tri-Ace. In fact, if it were, it would be shit because it’s a mobile game.

      Source: http://operationrainfall.com/2015/02/21/tri-ace-acquired-nepro-japan/

      Though… there was a more recent article saying that Tri-Ace could make non-mobile games in the future, but frankly, I don’t think so anyway.

      Source: http://operationrainfall.com/2015/03/10/tri-ace-future-non-mobile-titles/

      Anyway… I like 13 well enough. I don’t hate it, and the gameplay that’s there is solid enough, graphically looks pretty fantastic, and the music is as good as ever… the only thing that left something to be desired was Vanille and her fake-sounding accent that is apparently not fake. And pretty much all the cast, I find it hard to sympathize with. (Only cast member I actually liked was Sazh.)

    • Draco Breach

      I did say “perhaps overly negative” by the by 😉

      My least favorite FF remains X and X-2, and the XIII trilogy follows the same flaws as those games – cinematic “hallway” over gameplay. From my couple of hours with Episode Duscae, XV is shaping up to be better following the more free-flow and open-world of XII.

      All I was really saying is that SE showed signs of life. I meant nothing more =D

      As far as SO, the franchise is owned by SE. However, the 360/PS3 title was stated to be the “last” game, so I stated that I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’m more interested in CT as it was my favorite game of all time (the SNES version).

    • multibottler0cket

      I dream every night of a new ATB FF game on Wii U 😛

    • Draco Breach

      I very much hope the inclusion of Wii U on their survey means SOMETHING! A man can dream ;_:

    • multibottler0cket

      Indeed one can!