Currently, 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.