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Square Enix exec disappointed by company-wide Japanese showing at E3

Friday, 10 June 2011 10:14 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Square Enix Holdings senior executive officer Koji Taguchi wasn’t too impressed by the show the content the Japanese arm of the publisher put up at E3 this year, he’s admitted.

He tweeted his thoughts which revealed that, according to him, it was only because of its merger with Eidos, which had games like Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the showfloor, that the company was able to spare its blushes at the event.

“Because we merged with Eidos and had games like Tomb Raider, Deus and Hitman, as a company we were able to keep face.”

He said that the publisher’s decline in quality regarding development of its Japanese titles was almost humiliating, and he thought that it was a really weak show they put together which made him think hard about how it could rectify it.

“But the decline in Japanese titles was almost humiliating. This has been a week where I worried daily about how we can fix this.”

Square Enix had titles like Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the showfloor, which are being made entirely in Japan.

Taguchi isn’t worried without reason. Only last month, the company had announced that it found its sales down 35 percent for the year to ¥12 billion ($148 million/£90.6 million).

Thanks, Andriasang.

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22 Comments

  1. onlineatron

    All for the best as far as I’m concerned.

    Eidos is pumping out some top draw stuff. Square Enix on the other hand? Not so much.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    You know, it might help if you actually did something other than umpteen Final Fantasy games, Squenix.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. CroMagnon

    In a nutshell, Mr senior executive officer Taguchi.

    And you know what? No one regards them as Square Enix titles. If you asked anyone who’s making these games, the answer would be Eidos. It’s symptomatic of the state of the Japanese gaming industry in general. Yes, there’s some good stuff coming from Japanese owned companies – but it’s made by Western studios.

    And that’s where the credit will go.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    Indeed.

    Buying Eidos is the smartest thing Square Enix has done since… since… well, ever.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. BloodyJoe

    only one JRPG! this is a shame for Square!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. viralshag

    I agree with both 1 & 2, Eidos has some great looking titles on the way, albeit most are sequels or reboots but then what does that really matter when they look as good as they do.

    FFXIII on the other hand was bit of a shocker to me, I found that game really boring, I didn’t make it far. As for FFXIV… well, let’s say I found that less than impressive.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    I’m pleased to see this admittal. It is completely embarrassing situation for them. This is gaming’s big show, and they can’t plead ignorance to it being on now, but they brought nothing. That’s the impression they left with media, and fans.

    I don’t think they were able to keep face, as he puts it, because of the perception that these acquisitions are just that, those titles from Eidos that Taguchi considers a saving grace, continue to be regarded mostly as Eidos releases, there’s been no amalgamation with the S-E company.
    If they knew that people wanted to see the Versus XIII, they wanted to see news of XIII-2, perhaps an update on XIV (ulikemanyromannumeralstoo?) – they didn’t have any of that!

    Is Thief also “S-E”, now? I forget, but they could and should have teased that – it’s the ideal place and time, if they have anything that could be shown.
    There was no new games, any new Kingdom Hearts is as far off as its ever been. Finally, however I do agree, S-E NEED to get out of the FF-only rut. It’s ruining them, and been damaging enough already.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    How about showing Final Fantasy XIII Versus or Kingdom Hearts next title? Seriously.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Or even better, do something new and exciting?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. viralshag

    You would think with their experience they could put something fresh, new and exciting together.

    It’s not like the turn-based combat RPG genre is dead. I mean off the top of my head, Lost Odyssey and Enchanted Arms, although not the best games in the world, were pretty decent.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    If the insist on carrying on with FF, they should take a good, long, hard look at Skyrim. See that? That’s where you should be going.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @Blerk, Final Fantasy is their “something new” and fresh. It’s just a brand in which they can sell JRPG.

    So as long as they deliver and make games that by a mile better then clusterfuckness aka Final Fantasy III i’m ok with this.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Espers

    This Guy has a problem !! Tomb Raider was a losing franchise until this reboot. Besides SQUARE didn’t merge, it ACQUIRED Eidos and because it ACQUIRED it, we’re now looking at a decent Tomb Raider. I think the issue this guy is having can be summarized as follows: ” LOST IN TRANSLATION “.

    Who gave him the right to decide that western audience is not interested in Japanese Games. I love FF-XIII and I am going to buy FF-XIII-2, Versus XIII, Type-0 and The 3rd birthday.
    Damn it, it’s all business now, no SPIRIT in games anymore.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Espers

    @6 Final Fantasy XIII is a great game however it’s not for everyone, when you play final fantasy XIII you learn tactics, just because your characters were too weak in experience and you didn’t put the efforts in finding worthy treasures doesn’t give you the right to say it’s boring.
    To put it simply: ” YOU DO KNOW HOW TO PLAY FINAL FANTASY “

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    “when you play final fantasy XIII you learn tactics”

    Yeah, like pressing one button.

    You know shit about tactics. Want tactics? Play Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi. Now thats tactics.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Espers

    @15 “Pressing one button” is when you lazy bitch use AUTO-BATTLE !! see ” YOU DO KNOW HOW TO PLAY FINAL FANTASY “. they made the Auto-battle for lazy people like you but for old timers, they never use it

    Retard !!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. viralshag

    @16,

    I know how to play the game, thanks. I still think it was boring. Why should I push through boredom to find what may or may not be a better game?

    Also, That’s twice now you have said ”YOU DO KNOW HOW TO PLAY FINAL FANTASY“ so thanks for acknowledging that fact.

    Characters were some of the weakest I have seen in the series and the story was far from being one of the best. That’s my opinion. Suck it.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    “Who gave him the right to decide that western audience is not interested in Japanese Games”

    Sales figures and market share.

    Imo, many JP companies started losing sight of the console market at the end of last gen/begining of this gen. Instead many put their focus on handhelds. And that is great for JP, where the PSP rules the roost.

    But in broader markets I feel it hurt them. You can’t play the freshest and newest JRPG on your Wii/PS3/xb360 if it was made for the DS or PSP.

    I wonder if high devs costs and long production cycles of consoles may have been putting them off? Or if a handheld just fits the JP culture better? But whatever it is the volume of games being made for handhelds vs consoles isn’t helping their console offerings.

    Not going to change anytime soon, esp with Vita coming out.

    And of course there is the fact that most big name JP made games have been overshadowed by western made games. And some JP pubs attempted to pursure games they felt could be more “western”. For example we have Vanquish(easily a JP Gears of war complete with robots and power suits). It was a good game, but couldn’t carve out a spot for itself against the games it was trying to compete with.

    JRPGs used to be the bread and butter and the cream of the crop from JP. Getting my hands on a few of the SNES games were magical. But today again western style rpgs are getting the lion share of the market outside of asia.

    Even though some will claim its apples and oranges, I would rather play a MMORPG like WoW then a JRPG. I think that goes for a lot of people. And if not WoW, Rift, EQ, LOTRO, Guild Wars, Old Republic, EVE, then it stuff like Elder Scrolls, FallOut, Diablo, Mythos, and more.

    “Back in the day”, I am talking NES, MD, SNES, and even PSone and PS2, the over whelming majority of competition to JPs gaming was from other JP game makers. But today(ty MS), the western devs have been able to establish themselves. And they have proven themself as stiff competition. JP doesn’t have control of center stage anyone game wise.

    And the plan truth is that they have not stood up to that competition very well. Easy to dominate when your the only ones playing. And JP styled games don’t always conect with western consumers, but if those games were all that was avalible, thats all you could play. You could take it or leave it.

    SE picking up Edios was a brilliant move. It allowed acsess to western markets, w/o SE having to do it themself.

    And if you really love and miss JPRPGs, make sure you get a Vita – looks like it will be region free. And that will allow you to keep a steady flow of games out of JP. I know a lot of people that play almost exclusivly on handhelds for that very reason.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. KrazyKraut

    Its a frivolity that ppl always ignore NIS America.
    They bring a lot of good RPGs…not even Sony was nice enough to thank NISA a little bit at the show with some trailers of Totori or some PSP titles.
    Without them, Japanese gaming influence (expect of Nintendo and Platinium games) would shrink to 0.Even RE is outsourced to SixCunts.

    We will always support NISA. One of their RPGs (for PSP or PS3) is better than 3x FF13s.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. joshua nash

    well what did he expect when Square enix’s flagship game (Final Fantasy) has been so watered down that it turns off their hardcore fan base you know there are problems, hell the last truthfully great JRPG that sqare enix released imo was DQVIII

    #20 4 years ago
  21. HighWindXIX

    Square has so many great properties that its just left behind. Part of the problem is the handheld market in Japan is huge and that’s where they invest and innovate. They need to rewind the clock a bit and see what made them great 15 years ago and recreate that mentality. Or just get Yasumi Matsuno to make them a new game. Either Final Fantasy XV or something unique and outside the box like he did with Vagrant Story.

    Square has access to a lot of talent (even if its now freelance talent) and they need to exploit that. They need to make a full on Japanese RPG, not what they think the west wants. What we really want is not what they think we want. Their audience is not the Call of Duty audience.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. JackTheLittle

    they must change their way of management soon.
    if only i could be there…… :D

    #22 4 years ago

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    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]