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Square Enix To Return To Focusing On RPG’s
Square Enix has stated its intentions to return to its roots of focusing on producing quality JRPG games. After the success of the 3DS title Bravely Default, the company has rethought its goal of making games that have mass appeal and target a worldwide audience.
Square Enix is a company which is known and loved for its various JRPG games, including the renowned Final Fantasy series. They intend to return to making these games, as president Yosuke Matsuda has said that the company “lost its focus” with its attention on producing games which cater to a mass audience.
“If you focus too much on the global aspect, you might lose sight of who you’re actually making the game for,” Matsuda said. “For example, if you look back at 2013, we’ve had some home console games made for a global audience that struggled.”
Bravely Default was a surprise success when it released earlier this year, as its hard core RPG style gameplay and Japanese art style are considered to be liked by a more niche audience. The games success however has shown Square Enix that core gamers are not a market to be ignored, and that there will always be a demand for the classic rpg games that they got their start making.
“In the past,” Matsuda continued, “when we developed console games with a worldwide premise, we lost our focus, and not only did they end up being games that weren’t for the Japanese, but they ended up being incomplete titles that weren’t even fit for a global audience. On the other hand, there are games like the JRPG we made for the Japanese audience with the proper elements, Bravely Default, which ended up selling well all around the world.”
It seems that Square Enix will be going back to the drawing board, as the company struggles to find and maintain an image. However I am sure I speak for classic RPG fans everywhere when I say that Square Enix going back to their roots is a great idea.
What do you think of Square Enix’s decision to focus more on games for niche audiences? Are you excited for more RPG’s or do you think they are better suited to produce mass market games like Tomb Raider? Let us know in the comments below!