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Square Enix delays Deus Ex, admits FF XIV tanked, and reduces earnings predictions by 91%

Oh, Final Fantasy XIV, whose dreams won't you destroy? After gamers’ tepid reception of the expensive MMO, publisher Square Enix has reduced its earnings forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year from 12 billion yen to 1 billion (from about $142 million to $12 million).

Final Fantasy XIV wasn't the only reason for the huge reduction. Square pushed Deus Ex: Human Revolution's release date from February to April at the earliest, removing the game completely from the fiscal year. That obviously played a role in the reduction of the earnings forecast as well.

Despite the drastic numbers, the year on the whole was a good one for Square Enix, which saw FFXIII, Batman: Arkham Asylum (which it published in Japan), and Dragon Quest IX sell well. Good thing.

Dec 16, 2010

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20 comments

  • meh - December 27, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    FF IV a failure? I think so. Square learned its lesson yet? I think not.
  • BarbwireTino - December 20, 2010 5 p.m.

    Square Enix takes themselves way to seriously anymore. What happened to the fun games of the past? I am sick of them wanting to be a movie company that adds interactivity to their products. I was the biggest fan of theirs after playing Final Fantasy II on the Super Nintendo years ago but have stop being excited for their games since X.
  • ViolentStCannon - December 17, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    The last time I played FF was when Aht Urgan came out. Went on with it for about 6 months until I I just gave up. Nothing more than a complete grindfest that bored me. I totally knew this was going to be more of the same. The smart thing for them to do was to keep supporting XI for 3 more years then start fresh with something new instead of repackaging the same stuff that launch 6-7 years ago. I'm glad there's a few solid MMOs out there like LOTRO and Vindictus that don't try to be WOW killers but that's just it with every MMO dev these days. Said games are actually fun and keep people coming back for more where as XIV doesn't do that at all. Square should learn to branch out from its formula and seriously try something new instead of assuming it'll do well because their flagship branding is slapped on the box. IMO, FF's been stale since XII and before that, IX. Just my 2 cents.
  • Lionzest7 - December 17, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    time to stop trying to make boringass mmos and fight the machine that is the World of Warcraft.
  • xumaximus - December 17, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    FF XIV is very much an epic game I dont understand what everyone is saying......its an EPIC FAIL lol! I would much rather play with two sticks and a rubber band!
  • PhantomDave - December 17, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    I for one am glad to see JRPGs tanking. Western style has seriously taken over and thank god. I'll take a game that I can mold the character the way i want as opposed to a linear rail ride of cutscenes that a JRPG is. Let them just go back to focusing on horrible button mashing "Press X Not to Die" games that have ridiculous boob physics.
  • TheNinjaJesus - December 17, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    hey remember what you did with ff1 up till ffX just do something like that again and the fans will be happy
  • Fusionmix - December 17, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    FF is dead. Has been since X. (Though XII, if all cutscenes were skipped to avoid the irritating characters, was okay).
  • hellodesdemona - December 17, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    @Caspar You definitely make a valid point, and I knew someone would catch that. I think my only response, however, is that, yes, those games didn't sell tens of millions and millions, but they did indeed sell. Also, the companies that made them got good reputations with the gaming community, and they kept their integrity. This means that if they release games with the same quality, people will be more apt to buy it, because they already established themselves as a company that CAN make good games. (I don't know if this makes sense to anybody but me; it's kind of hard to explain) On a side note, however, I think some good games don't sell because of non-existent marketing. Please companies, let us KNOW when you make a good game, so we can buy it.
  • AwesomeA1010 - December 17, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    FFXI was so good :( XIV is so unplayable, I've logged on twice but still have my account because the free trial is now indefinite. I quit XI like 6 months before XIV came out, I honestly might go back because XIV doesn't seem like they can fix it without changing the WHOLE game. Squeeeenix ; ;
  • Clovin64 - December 17, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    My advice for Squeenix, stop making bloody MMO crap. Just stick to what you're good at: brilliant single player RPG's.
  • Ilyere - December 17, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    @ hellodesdemona That's pretty much my whole two cents on Square Enix. Thumbs up to you. I really want Square Enix to get their act together though! It's getting hard to defend them in this day and age now.
  • jmcgrotty - December 17, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    I hope everyone can finally come to agreement by now that FF14 will never get released on the PS3. This project will be scrubbed well before it ever shows up on a console.
  • Casper209 - December 17, 2010 5:15 a.m.

    @hellodesdemona If we are going off that logic, then wouldn't Okami have sold well? Wouldn't Red Steel 2 have sold well? Not to mention that 50 Cent: Blood In The Sand was better than the first but sold wwwaaaayyyy less than the first.
  • hellodesdemona - December 17, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    Moondoggie, your comment gets two thumbs up. I have been a fan of squaresoft/ square-enix since the original Final Fantasy, and I really want them to succeed. I like their games; even the mediocre ones have more entertainment value than most other games on the market. One thing I've noticed that Square has been doing is trying too hard to appeal to everyone; East, West, Hardcore, Casual, etc. How about, instead of making a game to appeal to a group, just MAKE A GAME, putting little emphasis on demographics. If it's good, the game will sell. Here's to hoping those in charge of the company learn from their mistakes and can once again go back to what they have always
  • Moondoggie1157 - December 17, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Oh keefster, don't be so melodramatic. At least the good games they release are great... cheer up fucker, it's christmas haha ;)
  • Keefster10 - December 17, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    I've always hated square enix, period. I hate their attitude, the way they to business, and their hit and miss games. Honestly, fuck them.
  • Aletheon - December 17, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    They failed with FFXIV even beyond how bad the gameplay is supposed to be. They should have gone a retro route. Make an MMO with the classic FF universe of FF1-6, cartoonish, cute and old school, but with fun and enjoyable gameplay. IT would have done really well.
  • SideOfBeef - December 17, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    Makes sense on the whole. I wonder how much they increased predictions for the new period with Deus Ex.
  • sgh341 - December 17, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    I hope they fix FFXIV for PS3

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