Square Enix Working On 2-3 New Key Franchises

By Spencer . September 28, 2009 . 10:56pm

imageCurrently, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy are Square Enix’s three pillars. President Yoichi Wada wants to expand this number to eight.


There are two to three titles currently under development that Wada believes can follow in the footsteps of Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. These potential flagship games are expected to come out around the end of next year or early 2011. 


Wada’s goal is to have eight IPs which can rack up two million units sold with each release. Since the average development time is two years, Square Enix could release a flagship title every quarter.


However, these eight games may not be traditional “Square Enix” titles. Square Enix also owns Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Batman: Arkham Asylum from their merger with Eidos. And Arkham Asylum just sold two million copies.

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  • Ereek

    More Parasite Eve, please.

    But isn’t 8 asking a bit much? I don’t think any large developer has 8 titles that consistently sell 2 million+. Capcom is the only other one I can think that gets close and even that’s pushing it.

  • QBasic

    I hope to frakking god they don’t bastardize WEWY, and make it into a franchise. That’s just the kind of game that needs to stay as is.

  • But Squeare Enix has Nanashi no Game…

    They could have a bajillion new IPs raking in 2mil., I just hope they get back in Bushido Blade someday.

    • QBasic

      Amen to that. I’ll take Bushido Blade over Dissidia any day.

  • Guest

    i would love to see those itadaki street games to get localized.it’s been far too long if you asked me. i have the ps2,psp,and ds versions of these games and i love em to death. if people only knew how awesome these games are.

  • geoffuws

    For a game to be making that amount of cash the entry (at least the first one) has to be good enough for everyone to buy. Hopefully it means we’ll be getting better stuff than TLR and Infinite Undiscovery (yeah, it wasn’t developed by square but still).

  • cowcow

    I think they need to go back to their old library:

    Racing Lagoon
    Bushido Blade
    The Bouncer
    Bahamut Lagoon
    Live a Live
    Seiken Densetsu
    Parasite Eve
    Radiata Stories

    Could you imagine Bushido Blade with PS3 graphics and having to fight hordes of enemies like Dynasty Warriors only with the BB game engine (one critical slice and you’re dead) instead of the super warrior spamming.
    Talk about a challenge

    • jarrodand

      No Ogre Battle, Actraiser or SoulBlazer? For shame…

  • S-E mixing it up with an innovative title that could catapult a new series? Highly unlikely. S-E trying to mimic or clone a cliche that the masses would more easily chew on? Probably the case. I just really hope I’m wrong. =) Maybe they give a new, clever design team a chance. That’s how we get good games.

  • daigr

    Chrono sequel please

  • Pichi

    Release the Chocobo games SE, you never did. ;_;

    I think they’ll revive some old ones as well. But even then, I can’t see them selling as big as their top three ones as they used to. Just don’t do the Tales of route. Diluting to the point that it doesn’t sell as high as it used to.

  • Jaxel

    Square-Enix is one of those companies that have lost favor with me over the past few years. Sure, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts are GREAT… but those are really the ONLY games that Square-Enix makes anymore! Square outsources so many of their games to development studios that end up making terrible games. Even Dragon Quest isn’t even made by Square-Enix anymore; it’s made by Level-5 (who is AWESOME btw)! Frankly, if a game coems from Square-Enix, and its not made by either Level-5, Yoshinori Kitase or Tetsuya Nomura, I have no interest in getting it, because I know its going to be bad!

    That being said… I want Itadaki Street on my PS3, with 6 players; english or japanese, doesn’t matter to me!

  • FatmanStephens

    I would definitely like to see sequels to TWEWY, Parasite Eve, and Radiata Stories.

    • QBasic

      “I would definitely like to see sequels to TWEWY”

      No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. NO!

      That’s the exact sort of mentality that kills off gems like that game.

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