Pony Friends 2 Brought To You By Square Enix

By Spencer . January 26, 2010 . 1:16pm

Custom PonyIf a talking cactus told you, in a dream, Square Enix would publish Pony Friends 2 fifteen years ago, what would you say? Think about that while digesting the news that Square Enix USA is releasing Pony Friends 2 on February 23.

 

Eidos published the original Pony Friends. Since Square Enix owns Eidos now they picked up Pony Friends 2 and are publishing it under the Square Enix brand name. Other Eidos developed games such as Just Cause 2 and Kane & Lynch 2 are getting the same treatment.

 

Here’s a screenshot collage of Square Enix’s Q1 2010 lineup for North America, arranged by release date.

 

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  • mFrog

    I’d say “Hey Mr. Cactus. What’s Square Enix?” ;)

    • Pesmerga00

      Then I’d be like “No way Mr. Cactus! They wont merge, your just screwing with me.”

      Damn lying cacti. :(

  • http://twitter.com/cocainexplosion Doctor_Rabbit

    Things in my dreams usually talk to me, so I wouldn’t be surprised… or take the cactus seriously. So, yeah, this news really IS a surprise. I wonder how many will buy it because it has the Square-Enix name on it. Maybe they’ll put that on the box: “From the makers of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts comes PONY FRIENDS 2.” (Yeah I know they didn’t make it, but they didn’t make Project Sylpheed either and they put that line on the box anyway.)

    • Pesmerga00

      OMFG!

      Odin cameo confirmed!

  • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

    I’d probably have believed it if it was the Lil’ Cactus character from the Mana games.

  • malek86

    That pony doesn’t look cute. It looks scary.

  • cj_iwakura

    Maybe if they made it an epic strategy RPG.

  • ikiryou

    Change it to “Unicorn Friends”, add a cynical, grumpy unicorn, a reference to “Candy Mountain” and kidney thievery. That would be magical.

  • BlueBlazer

    I would buy it only if you can put some final fantasy costumes ton the ponys:D
    imagine a lighting pony *-*

  • JeremyR

    Stories like this depress, as they also own the greatest video game IP ever (at least IMHO), Tactics Ogre/Ogre Battle, yet do nothing with it.

    • Pesmerga00

      Ooh, I would love a new game in the Ogre series. A good and proper one though, not like that mutilated Vandea Hearts prequel.

  • neo_firenze

    I remember a time (say, 1997-2009) when I bought every game that Square released. Really, I have 100% of the PSX, PS2, GBA, DS, PSP, Wii, 360 games published by Squaresoft/Square-Enix in the US.

    Looks like that’s coming to a crashing halt, eh? S-E picking up Taito was cool! I was starting to have my doubts with the new western-developed PC strategy games and Eidos stuff. But the day I heard about Pony Friends 2 is the day I can officially stop going on auto-pilot and picking up whatever S-E is selling.

    While this is in some ways “LOL Pony Friends 2″ and we’re all laughing… I think there’s something a little more serious going on. My previously unwavering brand loyalty is now gone thanks to the ambitious expansion/acquisition/western focus S-E is taking these days. Used to be I would give a game a shot if it had the Square name on it, regardless of reviews or hype. I trusted anything I saw with the Square name because much more often than not I’ve had good experiences with Square-published stuff. Now, as they are attempting to broaden their market, I’m likely to be more discriminating and probably pass on some stuff I might have taken a risk on before.

    • Joanna

      I agree, I was the same way. If I saw Square’s name on it, I would give it a try. I don’t think they realize how these games are going to water down their name. They should publish these under a different name, or at least a special line. But as usual, short term gains for long term losses. Humanity why have to proved yourself so inept again!

    • Aoshi00

      I would say FFXIII was the last straw and now I almost lost all faith in S-E… and the sad thing is I would still probably buy XV no questions asked (skipping XIV Online II).. well, I might not import XV on day 1 I guess.. good thing I didn’t pay expedited shipping on XIII.

      • Ereek

        So because SE is publishing a game to make money, you’re losing faith in them? That doesn’t really make sense. Especially since it was Eidos that published the first one, and SE now owns Eidos and is keeping it rather faithful to the original company.

        • Aoshi00

          I don’t care about Pony Friends 2, I said I lost faith in them because they made FF11 online, 12 pseudo MMO, giving 13 an entirely uninteresting story and stock characters, and FF “14″ is going to be online 2. I didn’t mind 13′s battle system perhaps being a mix of Xenosaga and FF X-2 (which I even liked, so I don’t think I’m that picky when it comes to FFs), but the story and characters killed it for me. That’s what I meant XIII being the last straw. I continue to have faith in them and wish them to make FF like 1-10 again. I guess w/o Sakaguchi and Uematsu it’s impossible. As previously mentioned, Lost Odyssey was pretty much FF XI to me, and I’m mixed toward FFXII but never disliked it other than that its story wasn’t very personal and memorable. XIII is just disappointing, I don’t want to go into too much details for those who haven’t played the game. I am at ~33hrs (chapter 11 out of 13) and haven’t touched the game for 3 weeks. This is the first FF I have stopped playing altogether w/o finishing it in one stretch.

          In addition, that’s the general impression of most people who have imported here and finished the game as well. I usually am very open-minded as well, just take a glance at the Jpn reviews on Amazon, and you would see pretty much everyone agreed on the issues.

      • Kris

        FFXIII can’t have been that bad…

        • Ereek

          It wasn’t. But, like many – if not all – other FF games, it is quite polarizing and you’ll either find people who love it or people who hate it. I, for one, can’t stand FFX and IV, yet people praise them constantly as the best in the series. It doesn’t make sense to me.

          That said, I don’t think anyone can deny FFXIII is a quality product. They may not have particularly enjoyed the game, but it is well made.

          • Aoshi00

            For the record, I liked FF 1-10, 11 was MMO so it didn’t count, 12 I enjoyed some of it but not all of it (gambit was fun but again too much like an MMO and story and chars ultimately not memorable), 13 as well, but in away it was more disappointing than 12. I have stuck w/ the series all along, and am not one of those Nomura bashers. In away, XIII was not unlike X, however, the execution of the story was awful, let me know after you spent 10 hours w/ it. Yes, it’s certainly well made in terms of graphics (cutscenes, FMVs, but they’re as boring as Advent Children) and sound (too few tracks and too many remixes for my taste), battle system was good too, but you can only control the leader of the party and it was semi-automatic due to the fast paced nature of the fights, so not everyone might like it. However, the lack of story, shallow characters (again, I have liked characters from 1-12, other than say Vaan), and the restrictive world (no towns to explore, no locals to talk to, extremely linear and narrow paths) that didn’t flesh out Cocoon, it’s hardly what I called a well rounded game. And when you find yourself can’t stop playing Assassin’s Creed 2 or Uncharted 2 for their “story”, you know something’s very wrong w/ FFXIII as an RPG, let alone a good game, or the latest flagship entry in the well established series known for its attention to details. Furthermore, you hear the staff saying they cut this and that, this game couldn’t have been more empty than it is now. It’s pure sloppiness (and I never buy the argument it’s the 360′s fault for a minute, Lost Odyssey had more interesting locales than XIII)

        • Aoshi00

          Sadly, I think even SO4 has a better story than FFXIII… its battle system was fun enough, though you shouldn’t judge it at least until you’re 20 hours into the game, it was slow to take off. W/ the story and chars… let me know once March comes to see if you like them or not (does no towns not bother you? You fight, fight, run, fight, run.. and never got to stop to talk to anyone (okay some townfolks, even fully voiced, but few and far btwn)

  • M’iau M’iaut

    So how many damn races will you need to win to unlock gold chocobos?

  • Tokyo Guy

    Ah yes, Square Enix and it’s “informed” decisions about how to be successful overseas. Um, no. You see this is exactly why the company needs to listen to its foreign staff members rather than brushing aside their suggestions. How many copies will this game actually sell? Wouldn’t it be better to put that money and effort into making a game that will actually be successful, and that will prove the Eidos purchase was a good venture?

    It’s a bit like MS and Rare if you ask me; it’s more for show than tell.

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