Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, now with 100% more cat lady.

Yesterday, I finally got my Beta email from Square Enix and wasted no time in downloading the Beta launcher.  I decided on creating a Miqo’te Lancer, because I got the Beta invite on my alt’s email address, and since Mooglepie was a Mithra in FFXI, Tisiphone 2.0 is now a Miqo’te, although is it Tisiphone 3.0 because I had a Tisiphone character back when I did the Alpha test back in 2010 or even Tisiphone 2.5.3 (.5 for ARR and .3 for Beta Phase 3)?

Anyway Miqo’te Lancer on Adamantoise gooooo.  I had fun up until the Mission: Chasing Shadows, then it went downhill a bit.  Apparently this bug has been active for a long, long time so I’m hoping that Squeenix will actually fix it at some point.  Basically there’s a set of markings you need to click in order to get the cutscene, however a) you can’t party for the fight and b) if someone else checks the marks at the same time as you, you can’t enter the instance, so by the time I got to the markings this was there:

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(Side note: The glow-y point in the distance is where I needed to get to, four hours it took to get there.)

Definitely a deja vu of Final Fantasy XI when they first released the Adventuring Fellow and also when Dragoon was first released.

(not my picture, pretty sure I heard about that stuff happening and avoided those areas like the plague until the dust had settled.)

But yeah, FFXIV is sooo pretty to look at, and character creation is a lot more fleshed out (including the option to increase good ol’ bust size, yes I did cave and use this because I thought my character was a bit flat chested, although I do realise having huge bazookas while swinging weapons, running or shooting bows is not the best combination ever.)

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Kingdom Hearts 3 (Yes for realz)

ALL MY TEARS OF JOY!!!!

After my ranty post a few weeks ago, I guess I should go eat my words and repent for my sins.  I have to admit I did not see this coming, I actually just assumed that Squeenix was just going to announce Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD or something along those lines, but no they announced a whole new game.  I’m a bit disappointed that they have taken so long that they have actually skipped an entire console generation, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Just incase you missed Micro$ stuff, I think this kinda sums up the XBOX ONE:

Squeenix wakes up and smells their spiralling development costs.

Key takeaways:

  • ¥13.7 billion loss this last fiscal year. You might remember their last estimate was a ¥10 billion loss.
  • They’re going to spend less on development per game than ever before. This means more on mobile and more social games, while they get more control over their HD console development costs.  This is partly expected at the end of a console’s lifetime, but this muddies the waters considerably for titles people still expected to see this gen (Versus).
  • They’re going to focus on regional development (Read: If a game isn’t expected to sell well outside of Japan forget about it).  In other worse, lol Type 0, and more focus-group tested titles from Eidos IPs.
  • Layoffs and a clamp down on years in development is a given.
  • Lots and lots of restructuring up and down the development pipeline. See above about layoffs.
  • Spend more on marketing.  Don’t forget they threw their sales and marketing under the bus for Hitman and Tomb Raider not hitting their projections.  They are promising more frequent, more in-detail updates released to consumers rather than force them to wait years between vague non-news sentences burped out by Nomura. Sound familiar? They promised this in 2010.

tl;dr tweets

Note that the target revenue next to the FFXIV tweet is for company wide operating income, not just the revenue from one title (because that would be stupid).

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Final Fantasy Music Remastered

Square Enix has a trio of nostalgic Final Fantasy CDs in the works. Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version is slated for release on July 3.  While we’ve seen a bunch of Final Fantasy IV soundtracks over the years, this CD has remastered Super Famicom tunes including “The Red Wings,” “The Theme of Love,” and “Battle with Golbez’s Four Fiends.” First print copies will have a Yoshitaka Amano illustration on the cover.  Later this year, Square Enix will release remastered soundtracks for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/04/27…d-soundtracks/

FFVI OH YES!!!!!! /caps, I’ve heard the Distant Worlds version of the opera and it blew me away, although even the SNES version still has a place in my heart as well.  Also FFVI has one of the best boss battle pieces of music ever, Dancing Mad.  Also IV’s Clash on the Big Bridge is spiffy as well.

Square Enix’s CEO resigns

I’ve been keeping an eye on the developments about Square Enix’s CEO resigning and the subsequent fallout over loss of sales/profits.

http://www.polygon.com/2013/3/26/414…i-wada-resigns

Square Enix President and CEO Yoichi Wada is resigning, according to a recent statement from the company.

Wada will be replaced by current representative director Yosuke Matsuda, making this one of the company’s first major steps toward “management reform.” The decision will be subject to a resolution during the company’s general meeting of shareholders this June, then later by a resolution from its board of directors.

This follows the publisher’s release of consolidated results forecast which revealed its expectations of an “extraordinary loss” in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Square Enix announced today its plans to begin major restructuring throughout, which is expected to result in a loss of roughly 10 billion yen (or just over $105 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

Polygon has contacted Square Enix and will update this post when further information is made available.

Not too surprised with this; however, I would’ve expected to it have come sooner after the failure of FFXIV.  And how he ousted Suzuki and Sakaguchi in order to be in charge (yes, I am aware that cut throat and ruthless people need to be in order to get anywhere.)

As of today (3rd April 2013) there have been announcements of restructuring and portfolios being sold off, so far the F2P portfolio has been sold off to Sleepy Giant.


copy&pasta from a forum member that basically sums up the flaws from SE:
I mean… poor game sales were Square Enix’s fault.

  • They gave us XIII which was kinda shitty.
  • They gave us XIII-2 which wasn’t deserved and nobody wanted.
  • They’re giving us XIII-3, which I’m sure even less people want.
  • They gave us XIV 1.0 which failed hard.

 

  • They didn’t give us Versus-XIII.
  • They didn’t give us Kingdom Hearts III.
  • They didn’t give us remakes of games we’re still waiting for (VI, VII).
  • They’ve had nothing to show in recent years at shows except that one tech demo nobody cares about.


The only decent thing I can think of that can really help them is the new Tomb Raider that just came out, but I haven’t gotten around to playing it yet.
Oh yeah, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs were good I guess, but they didn’t make them.  X/X-2 HD will be nice, but that isn’t now.

So yeah, to me its no surprise that SE is in deep shit.  They’ve had a really crappy decade.

http://www.bluegartr.com/threads/115359-Square-Enix-CEO-Yoichi-Wada-resigns?p=5649170&viewfull=1#post5649170

The above and adding in with all honesty SE’s Marketing fails. I mean there is apparently a new good tomb raider game out, but I have not seen one commercial (TV/Magazine or something else) here yet in Europe, or anywhere. While I am getting bombed with commercials about other games from other companies. (I didn’t buy the new Tomb raider game, since I basically am not even getting bombed with commercial to buy it, I even didn’t know that it came out).  Meanwhile at Konami, they had a graffiti advertisement for Metal Gear Revengeance (at some point I’ll upload the photo I took of it) and the new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5

(also to note I totally ❤ the trailer’s use of the band Garbage)

Square Enix Los Angeles layoff details, CEO rumored to be out by May

Go figure the Social Media Team got hit the hardest, can’t say I didn’t see that coming.

Sorry, I am basically having to shoehorn this video from June 2012 that basically sums up a lot of the problems that have been the problem for Square Enix (contains a lot of swearing though, but he does have a point)