Between the releases of Disaster Core: Last Fantasy VII Reunion, Forspoken, and Octopath Traveler II, it has been one other busy yr for Sq. Enix. Nonetheless, although, the corporate hopes to broaden, and this may embrace forming or buying new studios.
As we speak, Sq. Enix revealed that it is considering creating new studios and buying current studios as a part of its plan to develop its in-house improvement assets.
In accordance with slides from the corporate’s full earnings report launched at the moment, Sq. Enix plans to “think about M&A, creating new studios, and taking minority stakes” to herald extra exterior improvement assets.”
As well as, it plans to rent extra engineers and builders “to develop not solely HD and sensible gadget video games but in addition content material for future cross-platform choices.”
Sq. Enix additionally revealed that gross sales and revenue had been down throughout its 2023 fiscal yr, although it partially attributed this to the shortage of expansions compared to final yr’s DLC for Last Fantasy XIV. The corporate forecasts a stronger fiscal yr in 2024.
Earlier this yr, Forspoken developer Luminous Productions was absorbed again into Sq. Enix to proceed engaged on AAA video games, however in March, Sq. Enix stated that Forspoken gross sales had been “lackluster.” Its president additionally not too long ago stepped down after a 10-year run that resulted in controversial blockchain advocacy.
Amelia Zollner is a contract author at IGN who loves all issues indie and Nintendo. Exterior of IGN, they’ve contributed to websites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun. Discover them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.