Square Enix Always Thinking About Reboots

By Spencer . June 22, 2011 . 2:36am

imageWhile there are no plans for future SaGa or Mana titles, Square Enix is interested in reboot other series. The topic came up when an investor asked if there were plans to release titles from formerly popular series.


Square Enix president Yoichi Wada pointed out Tomb Raider is not a numbered game and said the company is looking to reviving several titles. Square Enix is always considering reboots.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which comes out in August, and Tomb Raider are two such projects. Although those titles were in development before the Eidos acquisition. In addition to Square and Enix intellectual properties, Square Enix also owns Taito’s catalog.

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  • Let’s just hope that they do more than just thinking.

  • EusisLandale

    It wouldn’t feel quite right without Tony Jay but… Legacy of Kain please Square Enix?

    • landlock

      We need a sequel first to finish the damn story. I’d cry if I have to start it all over again with human Kain.

      • EusisLandale

        A sequel would be nice in theory, but considering it’s pretty much just “Kill the Elder God and put the Soul Reaver in place to be found in Blood Omen.” left, and Tony Jay’s dead going for a sequel would be… Touchy.
        A reboot could sidestep this little issue and just draw upon elements from the original series… And then turn out to be playing through the timeline where the Elder God had been killed and seeing how that might have made things even worse than before, as a befitting mind screw for the series?

    • mirumu

      I’d love to see Legacy of Kain finished, but I don’t really trust Squeenix to do it or reboot it without Amy Hennig. She left Crystal Dynamics for Naughty Dog a few years ago.

      • EusisLandale

        A true sequel would be something to lack trust in without key people. On this I agree. A reboot though, there’s enough material already there to reshape into a reminiscent, yet potentially distinct story that would at least deserve a look. It they handled it well, continue from the new form for the series, if not well at least they tried and we’d then know that maybe it just really can’t be done with some people missing.

        • mirumu

          I guess I’m just uneasy about it because it’s one of my favorite game series ever, and SE would be the last developer I’d want to let near it given their form in the last few years. I’m sure there are people in the industry who could do a reboot justice, but even if they did come up with a good game we’re left with a yet another unfinished series, and a new one that probably won’t last long enough to be finished either. 

          Sorry, I don’t mean to be negative. Part of me just would rather see them leave Legacy of Kain alone rather than risk desecrating it.

  • But no one thinks about the Chrono series.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      Let’s hope they’re not. Knowing Square-Enix, if they start thinking about it, it’ll be, “How can we make a Western RPG reboot of this.”

      • mirumu

        I generally prefer JRPGs myself, but I’d like to see a company actually try and merge the best elements of both WRPGs and JRPGs and then build on it. Seeing Bioware throw insults at JRPGs some time ago bothered me because WRPGs are just as guilty of tired cliches, conventions and linearity. I suspect some kind of evolved JRPG/WRPG hybrid could actually be great.

        • HistorysGreatestMonster

          Well, let’s let that little experiment be a new franchise, rather than butchering an established one in the process. If it works, then, fine let’s see if it works with some existing series. If it doesn’t, it will kill a franchise quicker than DMC is going to for Capcom.

          • Actually, it’s “DmC” now. That game’s so confused, it doesn’t even know which parts of its title to capitalize…

          • mirumu

            Oh I wasn’t meaning to suggest they reboot an existing series as a JRPG/WRPG hybrid. I couldn’t agree more with you really. There’s little more annoying than watching a company butcher an existing franchise.

        • Hraesvelgr

          Seeing BioWare throw insults at JRPGs is actually pretty funny, since they’ve started including things in their games that JRPGs are often criticized for.

        • I always saw the SaGa series as a good blend of J and W mechanics, at least ten years ago or whatever. That was their intention, I think. Of course, western reviewers weren’t keen on not knowing exactly what to do at any given moment in the game (but the freedom to do whatever is so nice in WRPGs, right?). That said, I wish they’d use SaGa as that experiment since it’s mostly there anyway.

    • Chrono Cross pretty much killed that for us.

      • Hraesvelgr

        How’s that? It sold well and was well-received, outside of the whiners that complained that you didn’t play as Crono and gang, so future games seemed pretty logical. Especially when you consider that they continued to make games of less successful series instead.

      • neo_firenze

        How’s that, by being better than Chrono Trigger? 

        • Better? Hell no. That was a terribly overrated game that hasn’t aged nearly as well as Chrono Trigger has.

          • Oh yeah Chrono Trigger has aged extremely well, but I think they were a bit ambition with Cross dozens of characters and what not it doesn’t have that Trigger Happy charm.

  • Reboots, huh? There’s going to be a lot of mixed responses to that. Are they going to be catering to a newer audience, meaning that the game will lose some of it’s original characteristics? Or are they going to make the dream sequel for their loyal fans?

    I’m normally one of those people that are less flexible with reboots, but I think it’d also be interesting to see the current SE’s take on some older series that they have licenses to. If they could make 3rd Birthday from Parasite Eve, I’d like to see what they do with the Chrono series.

  • SE will probably only reboot western tittles… I think their own classic will not see the reboot light because I do not think they have the confident to do that… That is why you see them clinging only on Final Fantasy these days… And after FFVersus I even doubt they will have any new FF titles for years to come.. Since, the CEO of SE said that he is ashamed of the Japanese tittles (something like that)… Which I think includes themselves though I pretty much still like them…

    Off topic, I find Japanese games having their own charm in the midst of all the western games and also the so called “generic plot”… Anyway, its boring if we only have all games coming from one place, telling you stories from only one perspective… Nevertheless I have faith in them for there are always up and down on everything..

  • The mana series please SE!!! this series need’s a huge push up!!

    next to chrono series!

    2 epic titles of all time!! 

  • After the way they rebooted the Parasite Eve series, I’d rather they go nowhere near the Chrono series. Not unless they got the majority of the team back together (the Cross one. I realize how hard it’d be to get the Trigger team together), which is pretty much impossible but I can still dream!

    • Hraesvelgr

      I hear that.

    • neo_firenze

      Third Birthday wasn’t a reboot, it was a sequel.  Continued the story of the first two games.  Remember that PE1 and PE2 were also VERY different in how they played.

      “Reboot” gets thrown around way too much, but it seems to me it’s properly used as a re-imagining of the series, which has some similar elements, characters, etc. – but which doesn’t base itself on existing story created in that series. 

  • But they love to ignore their other franchises like Grandia, Chrono, etc.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I think Grandia should just be left dead, personally. The first game was so-so, the second game was the peak of the series (though I don’t think it was that great), then they just put out garbage like Grandia Xtreme and III. Probably best to just leave it as it is.

      • mikanko

        Completely disagree.  Grandia 1 on the Saturn(PS1 port and localization is pretty shoddy) is pretty much my favorite RPG ever story/character wise though, so I’m admittedly biased.  While 2 was good none of the following really reached the quality of 1 for me.  The battle systems for all the games are all pretty terrific regardless of the quality in story and narrative dropping towards the last couple games. 

        Can’t see this having much to do with the topic though as Gamearts owns the IP.  The best games in the series (1 and 2) came when they didn’t have a heavy weight publisher in Enix/Squeenix helping them anyways, but I can’t see them affording to produce a full blown title anytime soon.   Grandia 4 and Lunar 3 will still remain high on my wishlist of games likely to never see the light of day.

      • mirumu

        The first Grandia is my favourite game, and I rank the sequel fairly highly too so I have to diagree. That said, if they were just going to phone it in like the later games in the series then I’d rather they didn’t do a Grandia 4. They should do it right or not at all.

    • mikanko

      Squeenix has nothing to do with Grandia.  They only published a couple of the titles when Enix had a deal with Gamearts and don’t own the IP.  Grandia Online is being published by Gungho entertainment, and it doesn’t look likely for a Grandia 4 until/if that experiment is completed… and hopefully successful, ’cause yeah, I’d really like to see a Grandia 4. =/

  • While they’re at it, can they maybe focus on making games that are games and not glorified corridor simulation movies or buggy disasters? (FF XIII and XIV respectively.)

    Reboot, sequel, new stuff… none of it matters when they can’t make a decent game.

  • mikanko

    Whatever happened to new IPs…

    • ???

      The investor asked a question specifically about reboots. Why would they mention new IPs in a reply to a question that asked about reboots…?

      • mikanko

        It’s a rhetorical question, hence no question mark. 

        I’m just disappointed this question is being asked and getting so much focus when Squeenix(and just about everyone else) seems too scared to release anything that doesn’t have a familiar name in the title. 

        It feels like everything Squeenix is working on is either a reboot or a sequel, because familiarity sells, and it’s just a little depressing is all.

        For reboots especially I feel the games would often be better if they weren’t trying too hard to be a familiar franchise. A lot of the time they’re already a very different game than the original. By making reboots they’re often limiting their creativity.

  • SirRichard

    You know what they could reboot? Two words long, both start with F. Reputation marred as of late due to questionable-to-bad quality titles. Getting increasingly silly numbers added to the end of each main entry.

    Think of the potential. If they take reboot as going back to the roots of the series, imagine what could be done with the first game’s world.

    Or maybe they’d just stick to really flashy gameplay with no substance, who knows.

    • Isn’t every Final Fantasy essentially a reboot? There are multiple Final Fantasy series at this point, too. Crystal Chronicles is one of them. Type-0 represents the start of another.

      • 4 Heroes of Light seems to be the closest as far as classic style RPG reboot goes, or so I’ve been told I haven’t played it yet.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      As Ishaan said, every Final Fantasy title is already a reboot of the series.

  • maxchain

    Sure, who ISN’T always thinking about Reboot?

    • LynxAmali

      Well played, well played.

  • I’m thinking a remastered reboot of FF7 and it will be for xbox360 and PS3.

    You see now everybody is happy.

  • DarkWaterClone

    How about Legacy of Kain, Vagrant Story, Freedom Fighters,
    Live A Live, Bahamut Lagoon, Treasure Hunter G, Einhander, Brave Fencer Musashi, Gex & Anachronox.SE has lots of great games that need sequels. So I hope these ones will get new games in their series.

    • Somebody else remembers Gex. <3

      • Would loveeeeeee a new Gex for XBLA and PSN make it happen Square-Enix!

  • Yukito

    Funny how little news to do with Square Enix these days has anything to do with Japanese games outside of Final Fantasy 13-2. Seriously Square….. what happened?

    • I honestly wonder where they would be if not for the merger of Eidos…

  • How about a new or reboot of the Soul Blazer trilogy?  Soul Blazer (Eh okay.) Illusion of Gaia (Awesomely Wonderful.) Terranigma (Beyond words to describe… In a good way.) Oh and I know Square had nothing to do with the series, but Enix did.

    • doomspeller10

      I salute you sir. Terranigma was awesome, I liked it much more than Alink to the Past. Such an underrated game.

      • AdamBoy64

        Yes. Can’t think of how to say it… just yes.

    • I’d like a collection but I doubt that will ever happen.

  • puchinri

    I don’t know if I really want them to reboot anything… Or at least, not anything that’s good.

    Why don’t they just give everyone else what they want and remake FF7. They end up happy, fans end up happy, happiness all around.

  • Hey Square, how about instead of reboots,  you can bring us a new Chrono game?
    Huh? Huh?! Huuuuuhhhhh?
    No? Huh…

  • PrinceHeir

    I. Just need a new legacy of kain, and fear effect reboot and we’re all set. Square should start focusing on their on franchises like mana, saga, chrono, the world ends with you. The 3rd birthday and front mission are great but they need some fixing in these. im actually glad square has been reviving franchises like Hitman, deus ex, thief etc

    Hopefully Versus XIII and KH III get’s done someday.

  • blah blah

    Human Revolution is a reboot?
    I thought it was a prequel.

  • Guillermo Corinthian

    I would have to say bring back this game Square…

  • What they need is a self-destruct button, not Reboot.

    • My, what a productive little commenter you are.

  • …well, since they’re on the warpath… I DEMAND A REBOOT/REMAKE/SEQUEL TO VAGRANT STORY NAO. >.<

    and please release it on all platforms, including handhelds. :D i sure as hell would love to farm Iron Maiden B2 again for that Excalibur thingy. and… maybe include a huge Rood Cross iron-on/sticker in it as well.

    and don't forget Callo Merlose. why not give her an episode or two?

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