We all know Square Enix’s master plan is to be an international publisher. They started publishing Japanese developed games like Odin Sphere and Persona 4 in Europe. In Japan the opposite is happening, Square Enix is bringing Western developed games to Japan.
The first title on the list this year is 007: Quantum of Solace from Activision. Yeah, this game is old for us, but the movie tied to the game just got a wide release in Japan last week. Square Enix will publish all four versions of the game in Japan on March 26. 007: Quantum of Solace will cost 7,140 yen ($80) on the PS2/Wii and 8,190 yen ($90) for the Xbox 360 / PS3. Unless Square Enix plans another PlayStation 2 game 007: Quantum of Solace coudl be their last PS2 game instead of Final Fantasy something.
Picking up 007: Quantum of Solace is also a licensing head scratcher. While the movie was a box office hit the game is a shooter built by Treyarch known for their work on Call of Duty franchise. Square Enix isn’t particularly known for producing shooters or working with Western movie licenses. Most of the work was already done by Activision, but Bond doesn’t fit into Square Enix’s portfolio as well as the colorful Major Minor’s Majestic March which will be known as Meja-Meji March when Square Enix gets done with it. Now to see if Square Enix USA jumps into the licensing business and brings something equally as niche like a Cave shooter to North America.
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