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Square-Enix expects ‘extraordinary loss’ in next financial report

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Square-Enix has revised its financial forecast for the year-ended March 31st, and now expects to suffer an ‘extraordinary loss’.

The financial report is actually titled, “Announcement of Revisions to Consolidated Results Forecasts and Expected Extraordinary Loss” and paints a grim image of the publisher’s performance across the current financial year.

The report reads, “The Company forecasts that actual business results from its Digital Entertainment Segment substantially fall below its plan primarily due to slow sales of major console game titles in North American and European markets.

“The Company is also experiencing sluggish performance of its arcade machine business. In addition to these factors, the Company expects to incur extraordinary loss about loss from restructuring in the settlement of the account for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.”

Said revisions are edits to the company’s last projection, made back on October 30, 2012, and suggest a dip in digital and western sales.

The publisher had forecast net sales of ¥150 billion, but has now reduced its expectations down to ¥145 billion, as well as dropping its estimated ¥3.5 billion net income loss down to a staggering ¥13 billion.

Following the revision, Square-Enix has stated the “extraordinary loss” in question will come from “major reforms and restructuring in its development policy, organizational structure, some business models, and others”, which will account to further loss of ¥10 billion.

The loss breakdown works out at the disposal of content at around ¥4 billion, loss on the evaluation of content at around ¥4 billion, and the “other” section will cost approximately ¥2 billion.

It’s bad times indeed for Square-Enix. What do you think can be done to reverse the trend? Let us know below.

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24 Comments

  1. Digital Bamboo

    Hopefully this grim forecast will spark the sense of creativity that brought the company back from the brink like the first Final Fantasy.

    They should start listening to the fans, try some new IP, instead of stubbornly insisting that what they’ve been doing is what everyone wants.

    An open-world FF game and remaster of FFVI or Chrono Trigger wouldn’t be a bad place to start, but they really do need to expand their repertoire: Tomb Raider was nice, Deus Ex:HR is cool, but the FF name is not what it used to be. They need to remind people that they are still capable of greatness.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Blue Oni

    “The Company forecasts that actual business results from its Digital Entertainment Segment substantially fall below its plan primarily due to slow sales of major console game titles in North American and European markets.”

    Could they mean Tomb Raider?I thought the game was selling well.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    This is what happens when you wait 8+ years to launch your next console. People lose interest.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    Yoichi Wada has resigned …

    http://www.hd.square-enix.com/eng/news/pdf/20130326_02en.pdf

    #4 2 years ago
  5. tezzer1985

    Does Sony still own just under half so Square?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. KrazyKraut

    Focus on western games for the western audience and japanese games for the eastern audience is maybe not the right thing.

    Still wait for Type-0 and other Final Fantasy games. And they deserve what happend for mistakes like FF14. The game was horror at the beginning and before they closed the first version some months ago it was awesome and playable. I hope they listen more to fans.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @5
    Sony bought 18.6% of Square, which translates to 8.25% after the Square Enix merger.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    Bad news for Square Enix…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    How can this be with quality releases like Deus EX HR, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider? :(

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Digital Bamboo

    ^ Good question. Perhaps the burden of making FFX(2)HD & Versus XIII being in development hell are taking their toll?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    Yeah maybe indeed FF is to blame. When it comes to their own games, FF….they seem pretty lost. But when it comes to third party, they are doing awesome. A damn shame this.

    AH damn…this is not good:

    http://i.imgur.com/GEQFqvy.png

    I hope this won’t mean bye bye Tomb Raider sequel and bye bye Legacy of Kain new game.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ps3fanboy

    WHY BUY TOMB RAIDER NOW??.. WHEN YOU KNOW THAT THE GOTY COMES NEXT YEAR WITH ALL THE MISSING PART OF THE GAME INLCUDED ON DISC+PATCHES & FIXES… THIS EXPECTATION TO SELL MILLIONS ON DAY ONE WILL NEVER HAPPEN, THEY CAN THANK THEM SELF FOR THAT…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gnosis

    http://blog.crowdspring.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/capslock.jpg

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Francis O

    The problem with SquareEnix is the amount of money their spending on games. They do have some big Ips like Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Deus Ex. These games take massive budgets to make. And while they sell ok, a few million units, It’s not enough to actually make huge profit gains.

    These games have huge multimillion dollar production cycles. You have to sell more than 5 million units if you want to see huge gains. And we all know games devalue quickly. Hitman Absolution was $29.99 a month after the game came out. Thats not good for SE bottom line.

    Hopefully the old Square can come back. Bring back the FF we all know and love. Not this FF 13 crap. Make a new Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana game. And stop with the massive budget Western games. You guys were a lot more successful without them.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. salarta

    All they have to do is make more games exactly like the new Tomb Raider and they’ll be swimming in money. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen. To every IP they have.

    As I’ve said elsewhere, hopefully we at least get some boobs out of it. May as well stop pretending we have standards and go for broke.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Remember when BDH was saying that consoles will kill publishers and developers alike…just saying….

    And folks, there is only so much room for trip A games in the market. Everytime a game comes out at 60usd and has 30usd+ in DLC…somewhere another 60usd game will go unsold. People only have so much money. If pubs like SQE wanna excel they need to start looking at the mid teir gaming market. Not out right budget games, but not big blockbuster games either. Try targeting your games for the 40usd price range(with NO DLC).

    And my other advice, focus more on Japan.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    @OG
    Consoles are not doing the killing. Poor management is doing the killing.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I was just pulling out something BDH used to say. His words are solid! lol if you recall him saying all of that stuff. Funny how it has sort of panned out.

    What I think is that the market changed. I think the global economey has changed. The yen to western currencies values have changed. And all of that makes it very hard for a JPN company like SQE to continue to be a major player.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. viralshag

    Well obviously if they only have $90 to spend they can’t buy two $60 games anyway…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    Heh. Just edited my comment as I missed out a “not”. :)

    Market change is the biggest one and some of the bigger companies just couldn’t or wouldn’t change how they should to survive. Unfortunately that has impacted the devs more than it should have.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gnosis

    @16: I don’t think you can blame that entirely on consoles. SE made several really big and really stupid mistakes during the past few years. The biggest one was obviously XIV, which was already a train wreck before they started working on the console version. And despite all work it’s still not in a very good shape. Not good enough to have a monthly fee, that’s for sure. They decided to bring XIII to PS3 although it already was in development for 2 years, took way to long to actually release it, never released Versus, there was no main KH game this gen and only one Dragon Quest game on a handheld. And that’s it. Their three main franchises, on which SE relies.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    Speaking of predictions, I’m wondering if any of this will turn out to be true…

    Nintendo does so well, because for the most part they can connect with what large numbers of people want. And they offer that. The WiiU GamePad was a gamble. It is expensive to make, would be in short supply, and was risky to see if both Devs and Gamers would/could want to use it. I bet within five years tablets and console gaming go hand in hand.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Edo

    Well shit….

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Henryartem

    They need a new arch of great series, something like what happened during the FFVII-FFVIII-FFIX-FFX era. A good plot development, an immersive gameplay and a sharp balance between the game&fun x story&experience apects would do the trick.

    #24 2 years ago

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  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]